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Pappa’s Cafe [Breakfast Burrito-Olé]

Pappa's Cafe

Pappa’s Cafe was the destination for this morning’s THRIVE Coffee, which is a casual early morning networking group that meets every Tuesday. This was the first time I visited Pappa’s Cafe and I must say there’s a fair bit more to it than what meets the eye from the road.

Don’t Judge A Dining Room By Its Cover 

This Neenah family-style restaurant is very easy to miss. In fact, of the six THRIVE’rs who came to coffee this morning exactly zero of them had been to Pappa’s Cafe (and that’s EXACTLY why we do THRIVE!). Like the others, I was surprised by the size of the interior. Driving by Pappa’s Cafe, it looks like it seats about 8 people maximum. Turns out, there is a proper dining room off to the side and an even larger one farther back.

Breakfast Burrito-Olé Stuffed With Hash Browns

The menu had a few interesting choices, including a “Garbage Plate” which I was tempted to order just so I could say it. However, I went with the Breakfast Burrito-Olé, which is “fluffy scrambled eggs in a tender flour tortilla with grilled onions, peppers, tomatoes, hash browns and salsa on the side, with choice of meat.” It also came with some sour cream. Seems simple enough, but I immediately noticed something a little unexpected when my breakfast was plunked down in front of me. The meat (in this case, ham) was on the side and the hash browns were rolled into the breakfast burrito. I had expected the opposite to be true.

As far as taste, everything was quite good, especially considering the fairly-sized burrito rang in at just $5.95. The tortilla was nice and soft and there wasn’t anything ‘juicy’ about the fillings, which is something I’ve encountered in the past elsewhere. Speaking of juicy, the ham wasn’t. From my point of view that’s no bad thing. I’ve always tended to prefer pretty much all meat except steak to be on the dryer side (dry smoked turkey… love it!). On the opposite side of the spectrum, my neighbor’s American fries and bacon looked like they had been made in a vat of 10W-40. 

Finally, the coffee was no Molly’s, but that didn’t stop me from having 3 or 4 cups. Overall not a bad breakfast.

- T

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Pappa's Cafe Inside

Pappa's Cafe Breakfast Burrito

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Pappa’s Cafe
1360 S. Commercial Street
Neenah, WI 54956


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Scuba’s Pourhouse [Chicken Caesar Salad]

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I will be the first to admit, Scuba’s Pourhouse is not the first place that comes to mind when I think of going somewhere for lunch in Appleton. None the less, this was the home of THRIVE lunch on Monday and I was pleasantly surprised with the outcome. I have been here before for drinks (part of the Stone Cellar Stamp Book Tour) but not for food. The place is more bar than restaurant, so that is probably why I was surprised at the menu choices and the decent quality of the food.

Good Food Selection (For A Bar)

The place opens at 11:00 AM and is right off of Wisconsin Avenue (close to Mark’s Eastside). It is not much to look at from the outside, but inside is quite nice. There is a small bar and quite a few high top tables with a few booths that had their own private TV’s. They had the place decked out pretty good for Halloween, with spider webs covering almost the entire ceiling. Anyways, I was expecting burgers and pizzas on the menu, but was happy to see that they had a good selection of food other than typical ‘bar food’. By this I mean not every bar/restaurant has a grilled portobella sandwich (portabella, sautéed red onions, mozzerella cheese, banana peppers, and Italian dressing) or a turkey supreme sandwich (turkey, gouda cheese, bacon, lettuce, fresh avocado and a side of mayo).

Quick. Friendly. Reasonable.

Lunch for me consisted of a boring chicken caesar salad. It was nothing to write home about, but that being said, it did come out of the kitchen relatively quick. It came with a gallon of caesar dressing and plenty of fresh Parmesan cheese. It was a normal sized salad and rang in at $8. The waitress was very friendly and was not alarmed in the slightest when we mentioned that 10-20 people were going to be coming in for lunch. Overall? I would go back, but probably for a few cocktails rather than lunch or dinner.

-M

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


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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

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


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