A crisp Thursday evening, one of the first in October, set over town on the night of the Alton Brown show, Beyond the Eats, that my husband had ordered tickets for me for my birthday when the visit to Green Bay was first announced. We had to be at the Weidner Center at UW-GB in a few hours, but we wanted to go out for dinner. It looked like other people attending the show had the same idea. There was one restaurant close to campus that looked promising-- Black Sheep.
I became aware of Captain Quesadilla near the beginning of the pandemic when their charity work with Feeding America came across my facebook wall. Restaurants and food trucks working to feed their communities during lockdown was one of my favorite things to see. I set myself up to follow them immediately, and it has been more than a year since that point. I’ve seen a lot of opportunities to give them a visit pass me by. I feel bad for it.
There was even a point where I was messaging with them every few days trying to figure out where they’d be next, but my health in the summer was so down that I could never get myself out the door. The last few months have improved dramatically. When I saw Captain Quesadilla on the vendor list for the Oktoberfest out of Revolution Market, I knew I had to be there. I’ll support the location until I’m dead or move from the area. The opportunity to finally give this food truck its due was too good to resist.
The Oktoberfest at Revolution Market welcomed a new vendor into their halls for a prolonged stay. Souper Day wasn’t here just to pop up. They were here for the long haul, and they were ready for the morning when the doors opened to the Oktoberfest goers one cool October afternoon. We stopped in immediately once we realized that the newcomers were ready, and we learned a lot about them while the crowd remained thin.
This was their very first day in their new stall at the Revolution Market. We spoke to Farmer Rick of Produce With Purpose who seemed very excited to welcome in the new blood, swearing that he'd be their best customer as the weather gets colder and soup becomes even more welcoming. The ladies manning the new stall seemed excited for the new beginning in their business and shared their plans for the future with us while my husband and I worked out what we wanted to sample. It was our mission that day to try to buy something from every vendor in the building, and we would be remiss not to do so with the newest permanent residents of one of our favorite locations in town.
We have reviewed Player 2 Arcade Bar in the past, focusing on their drinks and our experience among the vintage arcade cabinets of youth. Player 2 remains a destination for any visitors that come to see me from the era of the classic arcade, and no one has been disappointed. However, we never formally ate there. That ended one October weekend where it got too hot in my apartment for me to cook, and my husband and I needed something to do.
We arrived just before the rush came pouring into the door with enough time to order drinks and our meal from the one bartender on staff. The poor guy was managing the bar, food orders, and any malfunctions on the variety of machines in the building by himself by the time we left. Overwhelmed is one way to describe the guy by the end of our visit-- but he was as courteous then as he was when my husband and I initially ordered.
The burger menu is an homage to characters of the 80’s and 90’s video games. Donkey Kong, Mario, The Terminator, and more have a signature burger on the regular menu for you to pick out at any given visit. They go through a special burger each month, and this month’s burger was named for that classic NFL Arcade Game: Blitz. It’s a game my husband plays every visit, and the burger he decided to get for himself.
I opened UberEats during a moment of weakness on a Friday afternoon lunch from my 9-5. I saw MrBeast Burger on the list for the first time. I didn’t think these kinds of ghost kitchens would make their way into a city like Green Bay, and yet here we are. They’ve become major leasing opportunities for struggling businesses across the country looking to bring in additional income while COVID-19 ravages the restaurant industry, so my thoughts on these kinds of businesses have been mixed. I want to support the small business primarily, but I also understand this is a good source of revenue.
MrBeast Burger started out as a ghost kitchen operation under the leadership of a youtuber by the same name. I’m not of that generation of youtube watchers to know much about him, but I appreciate the hustle. The most I know about the guy is that he launched Mr. Beast Burger with a ridiculous PR stunt video where he opened a completely free restaurant of the same name as the ghost kitchen and passed out money, Apple products, and even a car to some of those who made the trip. People like Guy Fieri have also employed the ghost kitchen model to produce in cities across the country. We've also tried Twisted Tendies, another Ghost Kitchen operating out of Green Bay, which will be reviewed shortly.