The Exchange Coffee, Mercantile, and Eatery - Winter Menu
The Exchange started their Winter menu 12/1/20. Those lovely pumpkin flavors have passed into memory, but that doesn’t mean their offerings are any less good. Check out the new menu and order for pickup or delivery!
Luna Cafe and Roastery, Bellevue Location - New Menu
Luna also started a new menu at the beginning of the month with some tasty looking breakfast favorites.
Copper State Brewing Co - Brew Decks Available
2021 Brew Decks from Venture Wisconsin are now available at Copper State, but many other town breweries will have these available this week as well. Check out your favorites for an interesting 2021 keepsake. We’re picking one up soon too!
Lox, Stock, ‘n Bagel - Weekly Specials
Been a bit since we talked about one of our local breakfast favs, and in the spirits of a bunch of coffee and breakfast favs also on the list this week, we wanted to remind you that Lox, Stock, ‘n Bagel have a different specials menu every week from their bakery that you can check out on their Facebook page. Different Scones and Different Muffins every single day!
Hinterland Brewery - Igloos are Up
Hinterland has set up outdoor seating with those igloo things we’ve all seen on the internet lately. Cozy and warm and socially distant.
Main Street Bourbon Room - Wednesday half off Apps during Happy Hour 4-6 PM
What it says in the header: Half off shared plates during happy hour on Wednesdays with MSBR so long as you dine at the bar. If you’re brave enough to eat inside, it’s a great deal!
Mr. Brews Taphouse: Bellevue - Slider Flights available, Also Igloos
Slider flights started this week, and Mr. Brews Taphouse also set up igloos last week if you’d like to find another place to eat outside and among people you aren’t afraid to sit in a tiny plastic, heated container with.
Uncle Mike’s Bake Shoppe and Monzu Bakery - Envelope Sales
Both Uncle Mike’s and Monzu, two of our fav bakeries in town, have started their holiday envelopes which MAY contain sales and giveaways on their items, but you can’t open them til after Christmas. What a fun promo!
White Dog Black Cat - Updated Hours
See their facebook page for their new hours, updated Saturday the 24th.
Al’s Hamburger Shop - New Menu
Al’s announced their new menu last weekend. Looking for something new? Now’s the time. Their burgers and fries hold up AMAZING during delivery.
Cranky Pat's Pizza - Buffet Still Running, limited hours
My fav place for thin crust in town is still running their buffet but with limited lunch hours. Carryout and frozen pizza options also available if this isn't for you.
La Nostra Strada Pizzeria - Opening soon?
No firm date, but a recent social media post hinted that it’s just around the corner… Plus, the bubbles on that fermented pizza dough? Holy shit. Sign me up.
Narin’s Thai Kitchen - One Year Anniversary!
Narin’s Thai Kitchen recently celebrated their one year birthday. Wish them happy birthday by ordering takeout or delivery. They offer delivery through just about every single major food delivery service in town.
Zambaldi Brewery - Community Supported Brewery Boxes
Zambaldi has started a cool new offering called a community supported brewery box where every month will include beer (sometimes an exclusive pre-release!), merch, and tasty treats made with their beer. Order by November 5th for the November box. It’s $40, and it looks neat! We preordered ours to do a review. Keep an eye out for that on the weekend of the 7th and 8th.
Titletown Brewing Co. - Adjusted hours, growler sales
Changes to their hours were announced back on Oct 11, including some sales on beer to take home. Our restaurants aren’t the only ones in need. Drink local too!
Hinterland Brewery - New Menu items
Dumplings, noodles, and a spicy chicken sandwich to rival the Popeyes on the other side of town.
Luna Cafe and Coffee Roastery - Animal Foundation and Pet Pantry of Wisconsin Fundraiser
On 11/3, 10% of all sales at the Luna Cafe Bellevue location will be donated to the Animal Foundation and Pet Pantry of Wisconsin. Another good reason to get your coffee locally.
JJ's Cafe - Free Delivery Thru Food Dudes
See their facebook for the free delivery code.
Voyageurs Sourdough - Contactless Pick Up Returns, Now Shipping Nationwide
Voyageur announced contactless pick up again on their instagram story. They do great bread, but also some yummy pastries and sandwiches. In addition, they are starting to ship nationwide and make home delveries in Appleton with the upgrade to their online ordering system.
Main Street Bourbon Room - Full Menu Returns 11/3
MSBR’s full menu returns 11/3 with some new updates. Check out their facebook page to get a good look.
Monzu Bakery - Shipping Hot Chocolate Bombs
Our favorite sweets place in town has started shipping their hot chocolate bombs, so if you’re an out of towner, you can jump on this one too.
Are you, like me, a PSL fanatic that looks forward to this time of year as if nothing else in the world matters come the end of August? Is it a Starbucks Siren Call that you have trouble resisting? I’ve been screaming for the last few weeks to eat and drink local, and I mean it. I’ve decided to patch together a list of some local places doing great things with coffee so that you can skip the lines at Dunkin and Starbucks to support your neighbors with me.
This list includes some, but surely not all, of our local coffee shops and roasters in the Green Bay area. These are among those that I drive by every day and frequent as often as I can.
Luna Coffee Roasters
Their base of operations is in De Pere, but that location is keeping its doors closed to protect their employees. They have a Bellevue cafe on Monroe road that is still open for carryout through their front window. You can get whatever specialty drink you want as well as lovingly handcrafted breakfasts. If you’re more of a brew at home person, their beans are available at the Bellevue location as well as through home delivery.
The folks at Luna are wonderful, and so is the coffee. If you’re an East Side resident like myself, this place is the easy choice. It’s literally a block from the nearest Starbucks, AND it’s better quality.
Daily Buzz Espresso Bar
Located on the corner of Washington and Walnut downtown in the Bellin building, Daily Buzz Espresso Bar is a highlight of my trips out to the Saturday Farmer’s market. Their Autumn specials blew my husband and I away on our last visit, including a Harvest Chai Tea with fuckin’ Maple in it that we both loved. Everything is prepared with love, and it’s an easy stop to make when you’re downtown.
It’s a scary world out there, folks. COVID-19 is shuttering small businesses and sickening thousands every day. It feels like there’s nothing we can do but hunker down again and hope for the best, but every time we do that, we’re putting a greater strain on local businesses that have been suffering the most through the course of this pandemic. So, what do we do?
Well, for starters, order delivery. Don’t get Mcdonalds or Hardees or Burger King…
Last week, the Wisconsin Supreme Court overruled the governor’s stay at home order. For about three hours, bars opened, and then the counties began to issue their own stay at home orders. By Friday night, Brown county rescinded that order. Most restaurants were not prepared to begin opening that weekend, which in most cases was probably the smart idea. But, some of them did open. This is the story of our experience going out to eat on Saturday, May 16, 2020 at the Wisconsin Supper Club staple: The Redwood Inn.
I’m a well known homebody, and coming up on two months into quarantining at home, I was beginning to miss sitting at a bar and talking to the bartender and waitresses. Dinner time came, and I suggested Rob and I take a drive to see if the one place we knew was open would be too crowded. He agreed. We got in the car. I had a panic attack the whole way there (yeah, I know it was my idea). I imagined the parking lot looking exactly like it did the last time we were there: grass to grass cars and a wait for a table that would take us more than two hours.
Instead, we found the exact opposite of my panic inducing nightmare. Only five other cars were parked in the customer area, and two others pulled in behind us for the curbside pick up option. The Redwood Inn was, without a shadow of a doubt, abandoned in the face of COVID-19 and the reopening of the county.
This was enough for us to willingly roll the dice and head inside the restaurant. When we walked through the doors, the waitresses stood far away from the front door and the bar, perched by the kitchen doors until guests arrived. All of them wore masks. One alone came forward and directed us to the bar to wait and order. At this familiar bar, all groups of guests were two seats apart. It appeared to be an instinctive separation, as there was no signage enforcing this kind of distance between customers.
We ordered at the bar, and at the bar we remained until our actual meal was ready. Only after the waitress deposited our plates at what would become our table were we allowed to leave the bar and enter the dining area. At the time, only two other groups were getting their dinner. Most of them were older couples, long time customers without a doubt. My husband and I were the only millennials in the building other than the wait staff.
It was surreal to order a Wisconsin Fish Fry on a Saturday evening in a mostly empty supper club, sip an Old Fashioned, and have dinner with my husband like nothing was wrong while every other table around the outside portion of the dinner side remained empty. It was surreal to watch masked waitresses go by and still feel their smiles when they asked us how our meal went.
If I didn’t look at the wait staff wearing their masks or at the many empty tables around me, I never would have known things had changed. We ate well. We laughed. We had a good night. The worries of the world felt farther away, and the magic of dining out did not feel any dimmer. For a little bit, the pandemic didn’t exist. Maybe we could all use a little bit of that magic after months of darkness.
While the Redwood Inn was one of the first locations in Green Bay to open its door when the country stay at home order was rescinded, it was not without its precautions. These people took their jobs very seriously, and their customers respected their wishes. No one got upset for having to sit farther away from other tables. No one got angry at the waitresses for wearing masks and wiping down tables before and after they were seated. All parties showed patience.
The national media, both social and mainstream, like to highlight these outrageous outbursts from men and women that can’t stand the life we’re living right now, but the truth is that most of us are being patient with one another. As we move into this new world together, that’s all we can be. No one knows when or if this will ever be over, and if we are to find any kind of peace, it must be together.
The people opening their doors right now feel that they need to do so. The people going back to work in these restaurants and bars are going back because they feel they need to do so. The safety net of the American system is not strong enough to protect their livelihoods or their businesses. Only they can do that, or at the very least, they can try.
Permanent closures have already begun even in the highest echelons of American dining. Our mom and pop joints on our street corners are in fragile positions. As your communities begin to reopen, show them what support you can. We are all up this shit creek, and most of us do not have a paddle. Give your neighbor a push.
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