A hazy sunset came down over Green Bay one Thursday evening while my husband and I went out for dinner with a friend on his way out of the area very soon. It was our last chance to spend some time with this guy that has been a great friend to my husband when we came to Northeast Wisconsin. We decided on Graystone Ale House over in East De Pere, not far from where my husband and I now live. We’ve driven past it several times and always wondered. We ended that curiosity.
Their outdoor dining, while next to the country highway out of Bellevue, is comfortably seated and perfect for a drink or two with friends. Two firepits burned through the evening. It was the last evening of restaurant week, so on a better day I would have indulged myself in the offering. It was a bad day for my stomach, so I ate simply. My husband and our guest were a little more adventurous.
A Green Bay Restaurant Week 2021 Review
Restaurant Week falling during the week of my birthday is perhaps the greatest gift I could have ever received. Delayed during COVID, my husband and I enjoyed ourselves last September at Hagemeister Park to a gorgeous, three course meal for our anniversary. The city likes to gift us with tasty treats on important occasions, and so my husband and I made reservations at Taverne in the Sky during restaurant week to taste deliciousness and enjoy the sight of Titletown from on high.
We have never been here before. During our many visits to the west side, we have looked at the Lodge Kohler resort with jealousy. The building is beautiful. It looks like a place for good meals and good times, even while sipping a beer at its next door neighbor, Hinterland Brewery. We arrived for a delicious birthday dinner early Saturday evening to take in a night overlooking Titletown.
My husband and I entered 4th of July Weekend looking for some new experiences in town, and where better to start than with the brand new Million’s Crab in Ashwaubenon that opened just a few weeks ago. We’ve always loved a giant pot full of boiled shellfish, and we awaited the opening of Million’s Crab for a long time after the facebook page was created. It was a conscious choice to give them a few weeks to get their feet under them before we stopped in for a visit.
A cursory google search confirms that this is a small Midwestern chain specializing in various seafoods, including what my husband and I showed up searching for: crab legs. Ashwaubenon is one of its first locations in the Upper Midwest. Their charted expansion on their website shows many more opening in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul area ‘soon’. The Ashwaubenon location was in the works for some time as far as I can tell. I’ve had the facebook page for this location on watch since mid-2020, and it finally opened in June 2021.
Their logo work is top notch. I’m in love with the little crab and his giant sunglasses. He’s on everything: the bibs, the wet wipes, the table paper, the to-go bags. Someone worked hard on that little guy. It’s a delightful marketing decision, and I’m an adult. The little cartoon guy will get me every time.