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.
I’ve never been in that part of town in the evening. We moved into the area just before COVID, and that meant a limited experience with our local restaurants. I was lucky to even get to a Packers game before COVID put us all in lockdown. Titletown is a completely different beast in the Post-COVID era. We pulled in and watched a family take their wedding pictures. We waited for our meal while a local band prepared for the evening. We were told by the hostess that this is a regular Saturday evening--- which means that this part of the Tavern in the Sky is the ideal location to eat on a Saturday.
This restaurant week menu is specific to restaurant week, so if you want in, you got a day to do it. My husband and I tried different things on the menu the entire way down, so you can judge by our pictures what you want. Any written review is of my own tasty goodies.
I began our three course meal with the Shrimp and Brew, described as: Sauteed shrimp, tomato concasse, red onion, spicy beer broth, and toasted French bread. The broth is better described as a sauce. It’s thicker upon arrival than a broth. The concasse tomatoes--tomatoes skinned and cooked to perfection-- are perhaps the sleeper hit of this meal. A few of those on your french bread that’s been soaked in the sauce, and you’ll find yourself a perfect bite. It was good enough for my tomato hating husband. He wished he ordered in line with me on this one. I would have been satisfied with an entree portion of this sucker.
For dinner, I elected to have the bourbon braised short ribs. My love affair with short ribs began with pho, and having it in this application was new for me. The garlic mashed potatoes were as smooth as can be, and the gravy made with port wine and demi-glace with the short ribs complimented it well. The green beans maintained their crunch even while they sat in a pool of mashed potatoes and gravy beneath the short rib. To me, it was the highlight of the meal.
Dessert was a gorgeous chocolate cake that I had very little stomach for by the time the end of the meal arrived. I did have a little of it before we packed it up for eating at home. The smooth texture ate well with the chocolate sauce on the bottom of the plate. The berries served alongside added a fresh pop to cut through the richness of the cake. Top notch shit. Did I mention they serve macarons when they bring you the check? Also cool.
Tavern in the Sky was never a place that we would look into going to outside of restaurant week. My husband and I have pretty simple tastes. As long as the food is good, price trumps quality many times. Restaurant Week is an opportunity for people like us to taste the higher end food that Green Bay has to offer, and while it is over now, it is my reminder to increase coverage in 2022.
This is a restaurant for visitors to our fair city to see just how beautiful it is. Titletown below. Lambeau behind. Good food and good drinks on the table. Its risen to the height of our list of places to show our visitors as friends and family come by now that COVID restrictions have been lifted. It is, of course, not for everyone. It will be a little rich for the blood of some diners… but the experience is worth every dime.
You can check out their facebook page for more information, though it does not appear it has been updated in quite some time. You can view their normal menu at the Lodge Kohler website.