Restaurant Weeks might look a little different this year, as your server will likely be masked and your favorite restaurant may not be as packed as normal in order to comply with social distancing guidelines. Regardless, this trade off is in my opinion, better than not having Restaurant Week at all!
Green Bay Restaurant Week (and all restaurant weeks in the area) has a website where you can find all of the dining options, price points and any other relevant information to this event. The website is super easy to navigate and honestly, a super fun part of your Restaurant Week experience – this is where I recommend you begin!
On Saturday, we ended up deciding to check out Main Street Bourbon Room. In all honesty, the pictures we took might just speak for themselves….
Now that your mouth is watering, let’s rewind a minute – we need to remember that choosing a restaurant is not easy. It’s not easy on a normal day, let alone during Restaurant Week! We wanted to stay on a budget, which is super easy to do because each meal (during dinner) costs either $22 or $33, depending on the restaurant. We were looking through quite a few restaurants, but when Evan saw chicken and waffles on the menu, he was sold. Thankfully, I had had my eye on the ribeye. At that point, our choice had been made.
When we arrived at Main Street Bourbon Room, we were lucky enough to be seated right away. It was peak dinner time (for us!) right around 5:30 P.M., but their dinner rush started soon after we were seated already. Our server was prompt and super kind, which made the start to our dinner fantastic.
They had a large array of beers available as well as specialty cocktails. Evan and I both chose beers that we were incredibly happy with! They had a sour on tap – the Surly Grapefruit Supreme, and it is definitely one I would get again.
Now, the best part of Restaurant Week, is that each meal is composed of an appetizer, a main entree, and a dessert. How often do you go out to eat and EACH person gets an appetizer and a dessert as well as their meal?!
For my dinner I chose to have: Beer mac and cheese, the ribeye, and they were actually out of their flourless chocolate torte, but were substituting it for carrot cake. Needless to say, I chose carrot cake.
Evan chose for his dinner: Cheese curds, the chicken and waffles and the caramel cheesecake.
The portion size for the appetizers were perfectly sized – we didn’t end up overly full for our meals but we definitely weren’t left hungry! The cheese curds I would argue were very abundant. I definitely helped Evan finish his because they were absolutely amazing. They were not your average cheese curds, they were fresh and flaky. We forgot to ask if they batter them in house or not, but however they are made, they are on to something! If I were to do restaurant week over again, we would 100% both get the cheese curds as an appetizer.
There was the perfect amount of time between our appetizer and our meals. We were able to chat a bit and let our appetizer digest while we waited. When our meals came out, the first thing we noticed was their presentation. The kitchen certainly did not slack in making sure their dishes came out carefully positioned.
I ordered my steak medium rare, and it came out perfect. The outside had a nice crust to it that held in all of the delicious flavor. The asparagus was also cooked perfectly and it was so good it was actually the first thing I ate! The mashed potatoes tied the dish all together – they laid the steak partially on the potatoes, which gave the potatoes a unique flavor that you just don’t find everywhere. I didn’t finish it all only because I knew dessert was coming and I just had to save the room.
Evan didn’t skip a beat on his chicken and waffles! They came out with a ring of an orange colored sauce. This was hot sauce and Evan’s initial thought was that the scent of it made the dish even more enticing. The spice from the sauce, together with the sweetness of the syrup and the crunchy – savoriness of the chicken, are an unbeatable combination. Have you ever had chicken and waffles? There’s quite a few places in Northeast Wisconsin that offer this very indulgent dish, we may have to try them all!
When our server asked if we were ready for dessert, we sheepishly asked for boxes, as we only were planning to take a couple of bites. The desserts had a different plan. They were so incredibly tasty, that we both ate our whole desserts. I mean, can you blame us?
As we were wrapping up our dinner, the traffic at Main Street Bourbon Room was picking up. Their dinner rush started to really take off around 6:30pm. I am confident that everyone would enjoy their Restaurant Week dishes.
Have you gotten a chance to try Green Bay Restaurant Week this year? Check out our video we did with sampling three courses at three separate restaurants to try out some of their unique dishes. With so many options to choose from, I wouldn’t blame you if you want to try a different place every day!