The roads thawed after an icy day of winter weather, and my husband and I craved an evening outside of our apartment for once. After more than two years in Green Bay, we finally went to 1919 Kitchen and Tap within Lambeau Field. We’ve walked past it on multiple visits with friends that have come up to the area, usually out of concern about price. For two people with a relatively limited appetite, willing to share a few plates, those concerns were much more easily bypassed.
To get to the restaurant, one has to go through the atrium of Lambeau and pass the fan shop to get up to the second floor. When we arrived, the shop was still open. It’s worth keeping in mind for friends in the future if we want to kill two birds with one stone– eat and shop in one stop. We came for food only, however, so we bypassed that opportunity to get to 1919 upstairs.
There was no wait when we arrived, likely because it was a Wednesday evening. The tables toward the center of the main dining area are surrounded by four very comfortable chairs, and being sat there wound up being a good thing for us over the course of the evening. We had a long wait and a mishap with our appetizers, but we had our drinks, an open kitchen to turn around and look into, and college basketball in every corner of the room to keep us busy.
You can tell when you get an old fashioned in this town that’s made with a corn syrup mix. This isn’t one of those. The sweetness comes in low behind the bitter notes highlighted by the orange rind and the bitters incorporated into the drink, and it’s a delicious sip beside the fatty, rich bar food on the menu.
We got our appetizers after our actual shared entrée due to some confusion with the food runner delivering our appetizers to the table right next to us, but it all came out quickly once the mistake was realized. The staff were working hard with a large dining room to keep in mind. The atmosphere and the comfy chairs made it much easier to wait for our food to come out while sipping delicious drinks, and our waitress was deeply apologetic. This small service mishap had very little impact on the actual meal we enjoyed.
For a couple like us in want of something to share, the flatbread menu at 1919 is the way to go. We had to get our phones out and use a die rolling app to figure out what we were going to order. Every flatbread on the menu spoke to us. We landed on the Green and Gold, appropriate for our first outing at the Lambeau Field resident restaurant.
The menu describes its toppings as follows: grilled chicken, bacon, fresh cheese curds, red onions, avocado aioli, calabrese chili sauce. Our flatbread was the first item to arrive at the table after the mishap with our appetizers, and each of these individually listed ingredients can be plainly seen. The calabrese chili sauce feigns a tomato base for any other flatbread. The melted cheese curds over the top leave gold rings spaced evenly across the other cheese. Chicken, bacon, and red onion all peak out from underneath the drizzle of aioli.
Despite the aforementioned appetizer mishap, 1919’s kitchen provided a delicious meal. In the wake of COVID and its impact on food service, I struggle to hold servers deeply accountable to the point I’d be angry that my appetizers landed one table over. Our server apologized for the food runner’s mistake, and our replacements came quickly. My husband and I had a good view of the restaurant from our position at the center of the dining area, and this did not appear to be a common problem.
1919 Kitchen and Tap on Lambeau’s second floor is an easy choice when you’re coming to visit the Pro Shop or the stadium itself for tours or pictures. The sports bars all over Titletown, while delicious, aren’t physically in the stadium. If you get to sit at the window, it’s a view worth stopping for. While the entrees may be outside of the price range for some diners, if you’re not afraid of sharing plates, you can dine well for less.
For all these reasons, I have no doubt I’ll wind up cozying up to another Old Fashioned in those comfortable chairs and catching up with old friends when the snow melts and they make their next trek north to join us.