Food In The Fox traveled to Menasha today to try the newly re-opened bar and restaurant that has been around for many, many years. The Grog is located just a few blocks south of highway 114, on Broad Street. The place is located in a mostly residential area and would be easy to miss, if you are not looking for it.
Historic Building in the Heart of Menasha
How about a little history. Talking briefly, to the owner, she mentioned that the building is older than the city of Menasha itself. Wow! The place has lanterns with stained glass hanging throughout (which I found out is the original lighting for years ago) and there is a large bar with a few high top tables and a smaller dining room towards the back. The place was also had HUGE wooden pillars lining the ceiling and throughout the bar and dining room. A hurricane would not blow this old building over.
Limited Menu (For Now)
Looking at the menu, the first thing that came to my mind was, this is all there is? There were two sandwich options and a few a la carte items. The owner mentioned that they are adding new items to the menu within the next few weeks (including a few chicken items). They are famous for their steak sandwich and if you follow Food In The Fox, you know I am not much for a red meat-eater. Well, with today’s limited menu, I decided to try their famous steak sandwich with grilled onion and waffle fries. This was a bold change-up for me, but I figured, what the heck?
As the picture below highlights, this thing was massive and came with a pound or so of waffle fries. All of their buns and bread are from Manderfield’s and the all of their meat is from Haen’s (located in Kaukauna). I definitely tip my hat to them for getting their products from local sources. The verdict? Well, for not having had steak in probably a good year or so, it was delicious! Juicy, not overly salt, cooked medium well (the way I had asked) and smothered with onions that were bursting with flavor. The bun was fresh and the waffle fries were crispy and plentiful. The cost? For the sandwich basket, which includes a drink and fries, it came in at $8.75. Not bad.
Word on the street is their fish fry is also pretty dang good. Go check it out for yourself.
546 Broad Street
Menasha, Wisconsin 54952
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WeatherVane is one of those places where we’re always saying, “Why don’t we eat there more often?” It’s a bit off our normally beaten path — yes, we would have to travel a whole extra 8 or so minutes to get there — but the staff is always awesome, the place is just nice to be in, the food is spot on, and the prices are fair. I’m not the only one who likes WeatherVane. As of right now, the restaurant has a 100% rating on UrbanSpoon; 4.5 out of 5 stars on TripAdvisor, Yelp and YP; and almost a full 5 stars on Google Reviews.
A Fusion of Color, Texture, Shapes, and Flavors
Both of us immediately noticed the “Grilled Teriyaki Pineapple Salad” on the specials board out in front of WeatherVane this morning when we stopped by for lunch. However, since we’re trying to mix it up a bit with our orders I called dibs on it first. As you can see in the photos, this salad was a fusion of colors, textures, shapes, and flavors. There wasn’t a ton of grilled chicken on the salad, but that was made up for with fresh yellow pineapple chunks; red, yellow, and orange baby bell pepper slices; and green spinach. You kind of have a little bit of everything going on here: savory grilled chicken, sweet pineapple, tangy teriyaki, leafy spinach, etc. All in all a great combination of tastes that work very well together as long as you like a lot of mild baby bell peppers.
I was a little afraid I was going to get served up something slathered in thick nasty teriyaki sauce so I ordered the dressing on the side. I was pleasantly surprised that the teriyaki dressing was a teriyaki vinaigrette that didn’t have that thick overly-sweet teriyaki taste you might find at a Chinese restaurant. Instead it was light, airy, and flavorful.
It all came to the table for just under $9.00 without tip. Sadly, I did not get to try the Apple Cinnamon Scones or the Homemade Lemon Bars as advertised on the specials board, but I did gaze longingly at them in the display case.
186 Main Street
Menasha, WI 54952
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One of the very few THRIVE Lunch events Food in the Fox has missed over the past 8 months or so happened to be at Michiels Bar & Grill in Menasha. Michiels (also known as Michiels of Menasha or the New Michiels of Menasha) is located on Appleton Road (Highway 47) near the intersections of Clover Street and Clovis Avenue.
Soup, Salad, Sandwich Bars for $8.99
As it were, Michiels has all the hallmarks of a supper club come bar and grill. It was dark. It smelled a little musty when I first walked in (but not bad). The bar was right up front. It was quiet. The staff was friendly. However, there were a couple of things that set it apart. The first was the menus. Michiels uses large colorful fold-out paper menus that double as take out menus. I’m not entirely sure why I thought this was such a novelty. I’m just easily entertained, I guess.
The second is much more relevant to what we’re here to talk about. Michiels has what they call an Express Lunch that runs between 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM. For $7.99 you can have at the soup and salad bar. For just $1.00 more you can add the sandwich bar to the list. Yep. A sandwich bar. The sandwich bar includes a variety of cold cuts and toppings and dinner roll sized buns. Regretfully, I did not give the sandwich bar a shot. The salad and soup bar itself was fine. It was small, typically stocked, and tasted pretty much like you would expect it to. The chicken soup was not overly salty but I easily “fixed” that by dipping the large homey croutons into it.
Speaking of bread, the appetizer for the Express Lunch includes warm rolls, a couple of miniature bite size muffin type things, butter, and cinnamon infused butter. All in all, not a bad way to start a meal considering what a sucker I am for bread (especially warm bread).
Michiels Bar & Grill
1100 Appleton Road
Menasha, WI 54952
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