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Scuba’s Pourhouse [Gyro]

Scuba's Pourhouse Gyro

Scuba’s Pourhouse was on the schedule for today’s THRIVE Lunch and turnout was pretty good. We had 12 or 13  of the regulars walk through the door, which isn’t bad at all considering the bar turnouts tend to be a little lighter than what we get at traditional restaurants (not counting THRIVE After 5!). Even though I didn’t have to pay for lunch today, I decided to take it easy on my benefactor and run with a gyro and water. Grand total? $5.50.

A Good Dollar-to-Gyro Value Ratio

Scuba’s gyro is a very simple affair. What you see is what you get: tomatoes, onions, and gyro meat (not off the spindle) piled fairly high on a thick pita. A decent tzatziki sauce was on the side. As gyros go, it was fair. As cheap gyros go, it was actually quite good. There definitely wasn’t anything wrong with it … I mean, it’s somewhat difficult to screw up heating some gyro meat and tossing it on a pita along with some fresh onions and tomatoes. So, as a cheap lunch gyro? Go for it! Looking for a more substantial offering? Give one of the following a try:

Recent and Not-so-Recent Fox Valley Gyros

Great Service

On a big upside, service today was outstanding. I didn’t catch the waitress’ name, but she was quick, friendly, organized, and didn’t seem at all flustered by the idea of powering through a lunchtime rush and a series of rather detailed questions about the nature of Scuba’s chips. If I owned a bar or restaurant I might be trying to steal her away.

- T

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Scuba's Pourhouse Gyro


Scuba’s Pourhouse
1309 E. Wisconsin Ave.
Appleton, WI ‎54915

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Study Hall Grille & Pub [Jerk Chicken Wrap]


THRIVE Lunch on Monday was on the south side of Appleton, at a place many people said they always pass by, but never seem to go to. It was off of Calumet Street at Study Hall Grille & Pub, a pub know for its Caribbean flair food. I have been there before and honestly, I was blown away by the taste of the food. It was so unlike anything I had in a while and I was excited to go back and try something else, jerk-i-fied (last time, I had a Caribbean Jerk Chicken pizza that had mangos and it was bursting with great flavor). 

Caribbean Bar & Grille

The place looks like a typical bar from the outside and inside for that matter. There is a higher than normal bar with tin wrapped around it, with plenty of beers on tap, as well as a full selection of liquor. There are a few high top tables and a wall lined with booths, which us THRIVERS sat at on Monday for lunch. The owner, Kieth was full prepared for our group when we arrived just a hair after 11. There were water glasses on the table as well as pitchers scattered around. Everyone was took their time looking through the small but unique menu, which included pizza, wings, salads and appetizers, such as hummus (which I also had last time and thoroughly enjoyed).

Jerk Chicken Wrap

Having been to Jamaica a few years ago, I was fortunate to get to try their version of jerk food. It was so flavorful and different from anything else, so when I  hear other people rant and rave about the food, I knew I had to try it. This time I went with the Jerk Chicken wrap which consisted of seasoned grilled chicken, candied pecans, remoulade dressing, lettuce, green peppers, onions, carrots served in a tortilla wrap. It, also came with a side of potato chips. The wrap was blessed with just the right amount of jerk sauce and was pleasantly delicious. 

Besides the food being something to write home about, I would also like to give a pat on the back to the owner Keith, who was the only chef cooking for our group of about 14 that day. The food didn’t take forever and everyone enjoyed their meals. I will be back to enjoy more jerk style food!


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Study Hall Grille & Pub
313A East Calumet Street
Appleton, Wisconsin 54915

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Stone Arch Brew House Passport Club [Beer Tour]

Stone Arch Passport

Forgive us, we’re a little late on this one. A while back, Food in the Fox was taking a break at Stone Cellar when we noticed a sign promoting the Stone Arch Passport Club. Intrigued, we asked our waiter what the deal was and he came by with a couple of these little black passport books. The idea is great. You buy a passport ($5.00 per book at first then $2.00 per book as the deadline gets closer) and then you go around to local bars, pubs, and restaurants and get your passport stamped if you order any Stone Arch brew.

83 Local Destinations & Artifacts Awarded

Stone Arch PassportSome great beer isn’t the only thing you got out of this. The more passport stamps you collected, the better the “artifact” you could claim in the end. If you managed to get 15 stamps, you could claim a commemorative pint glass. Getting 25 destinations stamped netted you a 2013 passport club t-shirt. If you managed to round up 60 destinations, you received a 22 oz. bomber bottle of a special limited release brew and a handmade Stone Arch mug. Pretty sweet. 

Food in the Fox managed to snag a couple of glasses and one of the commemorative t-shirts. Not only were there “artifacts” to be claimed, but the books were also filled with some really good deals on beer/food combos. Osorio’s Latin Fusion was offering $1 off pints of Stone Arch. Spat’s was offering a Stone Arch with a burger and fries for $10. Visiting the 5th Quarter in Little Chute would net you a cheeseburger and a pint for $7.

There were a total of 83 destinations in the book, but at least a couple of them were out of business (e.g. Sergio’s and Bennigan’s) for the 2013 run. But, there were still many fantastic local places in the passport along with a few franchises. Everything started and ended at the Stone Cellar Brewpub on S. Olde Oneida Street. 

But here’s the kicker: The 2013 passport expired September 2nd! We’re sorry!

- T, – M

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 Stone Arch Passport

Starting Location:

Stone Cellar Brewpub
1004 S. Olde Oneida St.
 Appleton, WI 54915

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