Bay Burger Food Truck
We were busy the 23rd of January making some stops all over the East Side, and one of those stops was the 1 year anniversary tapping of Zambaldi’s Bourbon Barrel aged Vanilla Good Dog Porter. Bay Burger Food Truck was on hand to provide food for visitors to the distanced celebration, and I’ve got to admit, it was one of the strongest draws of the event for my husband and I. Bay Burger started service in early December 2020, and their facebook posts had been crossing my feed since their first outing at Zambaldi. They had been there many times since, but we hadn’t taken the time to go visit while we did mini quarantines for ourselves ahead of the holidays.
Those quarantines we imposed on ourselves are over now, and though I’m not able to receive the second part of my vaccine due to some complicated reactions, I’m still at least partly protected from the pandemic. For me, this means I can extend my restaurant coverage in the area with less to worry about and try to highlight local businesses doing amazing things, and Bay Burger Food Truck is one of those businesses.
When you approach and see what some might consider a sparse menu, it may be a put off after years and years of burgers with absolutely insane topping combinations and enough meat to put a football player to sleep after dinner. Traditional hamburger, single smashburger, and double smashburger. Those are your options. They serve ‘em one way: cheese, grilled onions, dijon, mayo, and pickles. Basket of fries on the side, and that’s your meal. Simple? Yes. Perfect? Yes.
A completely untarnished burger experience is what we got from Bay Burger Food Truck that day over a special beer release and a few more minutes outside of our apartment. The smashburger is executed to perfection so you get that nice crunchy layer of meat on either side of the patty. The cheese melts right in. The grilled onion and the pickles play nicely together while the dijon and mayo provide smooth, saucy relief. I swear to god their fries are done in peanut oil, and it makes all the difference to the taste of well salted, thin fries like they serve out of that window.
This is absolutely a truck worth seeking out if you’re a burger person, and let's face it, most of us are. There is currently no vegetarian option on the menu, however, so that may dissuade some. Bay Burger Food Truck is out there doing business any day possible, including the NFC Championship game this past weekend where they set up on a corner and provided for the crowd and passersby from near the Resch center.
They update their Facebook every day they’re out, but you can also follow their schedule at their website. Some of their stops aren’t always scheduled ahead of time enough for them to be on the website-- like their stop today at Zambaldi! Experience the tasty burger with a nice beer from another Eating Normal favorite.
Saturday, January 23, 2021 was the opening day for Bona Fide Juicery’s second location on Monroe Avenue in Bellevue, not too far away from where I now live. I had never gone to their first location in De Pere, but I've been aware of them for a long time. With the new year upon us, this was the perfect opportunity to try something in the healthier avenue for both my husband and myself, so when we embarked upon our errands that morning, we stopped in for a visit.
Their menu offers several healthier options than what I would expect to find at a lot of breakfast/lunch locations, and those options are in line with what one might expect from the name alone. Prebottled juices fill a cold case near the register if you’re looking to grab and go, or you can order salads, acai bowls, or smoothies at the counter. We decided to do a little bit of both in our continuing effort to be better to our bodies in 2021.
My husband ordered their blueberry based smoothie and absolutely demolished it before we even got home from picking up our Target Order and stopping to say goodbye at Nala’s Cheese and Wine. I had a strawberry and banana based smoothie which was delicious flavor wise, but I will never be able to get over the texture of strawberry seeds in my teeth. I got through maybe ¼ before giving it up to my husband’s consumption for later. I do not expect this to be my experience with all of their creations, because they have so many choices for smoothies.
A cold and foggy night took us to one last meal with our visitors at a location tucked away beside Highway 172 on Oneida Street, Prime Quarter Steakhouse. I’ve been living in Green Bay for a whole year now and never once heard of the location until our visitors mentioned it in passing. A relative of theirs visits every year and reported on a meal where he cooked the steak himself over a fire pit surrounded by community, and at any other time in my life, I would have been very excited to eat there.
Prime Quarter Steakhouse offers a grill your own steak experience with an all you can eat salad bar, texas toast, and baked potatoes. There are many different cuts you can choose from when you get ready to grill, all of which come in at the exact same price. This can be very valuable depending on what kind of steak you choose. Beef prices are on the rise all across the country, and this method can provide an experience for the same price you’d pay on a steak at the grocery store. I, for example, decided to grill my own T-bone steak. A steak that size would have cost me the twenty-seven dollars charged by the restaurant, and it would have only been the steak.
Right down the lane from Lambeau Field sits Stadium View Sports Bar, an Iconic location during a COVID-19 free NFL season. This time last year I was pressed up against the fence with a can of beer in hand, barely able to fit inside. Getting to a bar for that beer was so insane that I personally couldn’t do it, and my taller and louder husband had to wrestle his way through other thirsty Packers fans to get us hooked up for a post game toast. The Washington Redskins were still a thing, and they had just lost.
I went back on the first day of 2021 with some friends that came into town to visit. Friday night at a sports bar while the College Football playoffs are occurring sounds like a bad idea during the pandemic, but as has been the case with most restaurants in the city of Green Bay, I did not feel at risk. The tables were spaced out, and so was the bar. Parties sitting at the bar had two or three chair lengths between them to encourage social distancing. No communal items such as ketchup items were at the tables, and they were only presented to us-- freshly cleaned-- when the actual food arrived.