The Packers first playoff game of the year is coming, and it reminded me that I forgot to post a review I wrote for a downtown classic back in November. Please enjoy this backlogged post and consider Saint Brendan's Inn for your playoff needs-- food and lodging!
My husband and I wandered into Downtown Green Bay on a chilly November evening looking for something to eat. Something was going on at the Meyer, so many of the places we scouted out before we got into the car were already full. Vintage Cantina had long been on the radar, and I swear that every single seat in there was full. We parked just outside of Saint Brendan’s Inn, so we walked back down toward the car, found ourselves guided to the door of the Irish Restaurant/Hotel by the delightful smell in the air, and walked inside.
This wasn’t the first time we visited. Back when we first moved here, one of my husband’s new coworkers invited us out to lunch here. It is still one of my fondest memories of town. We ate and drank very well, and yet my husband and I hadn’t been back since. This Friday night provided the opportunity to return without a wait at the door, and we sat down in the dining area with the Bucks game on at the bar behind us.
As many of you know, the Friday Fish Fry tradition lives on outside of the Lent season in northeast Wisconsin, and not many places choose to serve cod. Given that this is an Irish Pub, the only option is cod. No perch here-- and that’s okay. The ale batter on the thin fingers of cod was nice and crunchy, and the addition of a little malt vinegar made the entire plate (including the fries) sing.
Dinner at Saint Brendan’s was a good way to start our weekend and our Friday night, and we will certainly be bringing family in to see the location in the future now that we’ve reminded ourselves exactly how tasty it is. So many people on my side of the family especially are in love with these types Irish locations, and I can’t wait to share it with them.
Thanks to Saint Brendan’s for a tasty meal and pleasant evening, but also for being one of the first places to welcome us into town more than two years ago now. Revisiting all of these original locations has brought back some fond memories.