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Re:Contingent Rollcall - Jefferson County, WI, June 2013 2013/06/11 20:52:18 (permalink)
We changed the official tour after learning that Johnson Creek no longer has a Saturday farmers market.
 
Prior to the official tour, some of us may meet in Ft. Atkinson for their farmers market and a possible breakfast at Scottie's Eat-Mor.
 
Official Tour
10:30 Wedl's
12:00 Glenn's Market & Brat Stand
12:30 Mexican Bakery - (name later)
1:00 Taqueria Maria
2:00 Watertown Art Festival
3:00 Zweig's Diner
4:00 Mullens Dairy Bar
5:30 or later  Crawfish Junction or some Supper Club
 
Any comments or suggestions?
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Re:Contingent Rollcall - Jefferson County, WI, June 2013 2013/06/11 22:59:15 (permalink)
Started working on booking a hotel as of last night.  Should have finalized plans within the next 48 hours.
 
Count us for two.  Not sure yet what abe_froeman and Mr. Maki are doing.
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Re:Contingent Rollcall - Jefferson County, WI, June 2013 2013/06/11 23:04:36 (permalink)
I think we're going to drive up that morning.  We're going to pick up Stricken on the way.
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Re:Contingent Rollcall - Jefferson County, WI, June 2013 2013/06/12 04:29:19 (permalink)
Unfortunately, I wont make this tour as much as I would love to. Great nephew's grad party( then he leaves for the army soon after) and I have to work......:(
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Re:Contingent Rollcall - Jefferson County, WI, June 2013 2013/06/14 01:57:36 (permalink)
I too have to work on June 21. Hard to make Wedl's by 10:30 at this point. Too bad, this sounded great.
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Re:Contingent Rollcall - Jefferson County, WI, June 2013 2013/06/14 17:02:16 (permalink)
It's looking as though I may not make this either as the parental units have decreed a garage sale prior to moving on that date, requiring assistance of yours truly of course...
I'll let you know if plans change , which they can of course.
sigh- this was not my plan- I told them this particular weekend was out, for more than one reason.
so what did they do?
They picked the one weekend both my brother AND I said was no good!
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Re:Contingent Rollcall - Jefferson County, WI, June 2013 2013/06/16 08:28:26 (permalink)
Buddy Roadhouse - Have you found a hotel yet? We'd like to pick a fishfry location for Friday and Saturday Supper Club that is convenient for you.
 
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Re:Contingent Rollcall - Jefferson County, WI, June 2013 2013/06/17 01:56:22 (permalink)
Just confirmed a hotel room in Janesville.  I know this is a little out of the way from the core area we're visiting, but I was having a tough time getting anything closer using the "Name Your Own Price" function on Priceline.com.  It took nearly a week of bidding in the price range I wanted to hit, and I had to keep expanding the search area before I had any success.
 
Bottom line: Even starting from Janesville, we're a helluva lot closer than Chicago.  So, don't worry about convenience for our sake.  Do what ever is best for the group, and pick a spot that gives everyone the best quality experience.  For Friday night, maybe coordinate with ChickenDude.  I think he might have had some ideas in mind.  We're good with A Fish Fry or Supper Club experience (if we can get both all rolled into one spot, all the better).
 
Also, I'm scheduled to work on Sunday, so we'll be heading home at the end of the tour.  It makes no difference to me location-wise where we end up.  Again, pick the best spot for good grub for Saturday's Grand Finale, and let the geography be a secondary concern.
 
See you all this weekend!
 
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Re:Contingent Rollcall - Jefferson County, WI, June 2013 2013/06/17 09:59:42 (permalink)
I deeply resent this responsibility that has been heaped upon me.
 
PieDiva, how far southwest of Pewaukee does your fish fry database extend?
 
Our most recent excursion for fish was to the Stagecoach Inn on highway 26 north of Milton and while the cod was pretty good the perch was a bit overbattered.  There are a number of places in the Lake Koshkonong area so I'll put out some feelers to see what might turn up.
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Re:Contingent Rollcall - Jefferson County, WI, June 2013 2013/06/17 10:27:47 (permalink)
Not that far west. Jim and I are in agreement, you should pick the FF for Friday.
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Re:Contingent Rollcall - Jefferson County, WI, June 2013 2013/06/17 10:53:33 (permalink)
Well, if nobody objects to flying blind...
 
Are there any fish preferences?  Some places are cod-only but it would be nice to have a variety (lake perch, walleye, bluegill, etc.) from which to choose.
 
To try and keep it fair I'll use Whitewater as a starting point; it seems to be roughly halfway between western Milwaukee and Janesville.
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Re:Contingent Rollcall - Jefferson County, WI, June 2013 2013/06/17 11:47:54 (permalink)
Buddy, if you're planning on taking I-90 to Janesville it's basically a solid construction zone from the Elgin plaza to past Belvidere, with at least 1 area of single-lane traffic.  Couple this with the construction north of the South Beloit plaza and typical Friday night Wisconsin-bound traffic and you might want to pack along some heavy-duty pain relievers.
 
Now over to John in Copter Two.
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Re:Contingent Rollcall - Jefferson County, WI, June 2013 2013/06/17 12:32:39 (permalink)
Better bet is to drive backroads to Whitewater for fishfry and avoid freeways.
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Re:Contingent Rollcall - Jefferson County, WI, June 2013 2013/06/17 13:43:09 (permalink)
Depending on how early we get started, I think the "scenic route" will be the way to go.  Maybe drive north to Milwaukee and head west on I-94 to Glacial Drumlin State Trail for some sightseeing.  Which means we won't necessarily be starting from Janesville on Friday night.  We might still be on the Trail, or even exploring the back roads of Jefferson County.
 
So please, please, please don't pick a place based on geographic convenience (at least not for us).  Pick a place where we'll get the best meal and have the most fun.  Jefferson County ain't that big.  We'll get to wherever you choose from wherever we happen to be.  Just keep in mind that Mrs. Roadhouse and I still live in the stone-age: We don't have any PDAs to get last minute changes or updates.  So let's have this locked down by Thursday night.
 
See you Friday night (unless anyone wants to join us doing touristy things earlier)
 
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Re:Contingent Rollcall - Jefferson County, WI, June 2013 2013/06/17 14:21:35 (permalink)
Hmmm...that changes things a bit.  While I've never been there, Carp's Landing in Lake Mills looks interesting and it's relatively convenient to highway 26, which takes you into Janesville.
 
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Re:Contingent Rollcall - Jefferson County, WI, June 2013 2013/06/17 14:58:43 (permalink)
Since you don't have a problem with having to be near where you will be bunking for the night, I highly recommend Elias Inn in Watertown. It was shown to us by Rachel's boyfriend and is one of the best we have ever tried. They only do the FF on Fridays, but it is unlimited and comes with fried chicken and some of the best sides we have had. Also no reservations, so if we do go, we need to arrive early.
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Re:Contingent Rollcall - Jefferson County, WI, June 2013 2013/06/17 23:10:07 (permalink)
I've got no dog in this hunt, so you guys decide and tell us where we're going.  Both options sound very good, so we'd be satisfied with either.
 
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Re:Contingent Rollcall - Jefferson County, WI, June 2013 2013/06/18 12:13:51 (permalink)
While I would love to join you for Friday Fish Fry, you'all eat far too late for this diabetic. (Someday check out the Nite Cap Inn in Palmyra-great potato pancakes on Friday, very good German food weekdays) Keep us informed as to any early Saturday breakfast and you might see us. Otherwise Wedl's it is (and it is a fine choice imho). Are we getting maps? Also my computer is vacationing in Texas and won't be back for any emails.
Please send to Beth and if you pm before Friday I'll give you her email if you don't already have it.
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Re:Contingent Rollcall - Jefferson County, WI, June 2013 2013/06/18 14:00:01 (permalink)
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While I would love to join you for Friday Fish Fry, you'all eat far too late for this diabetic.
What's a good timeframe for you?  I'm done with work at 3pm or earlier and from Madison it's just a quick trip east on 94 to get to Watertown.
 
Buddy, are you putting in a full day and then heading north?
 
And Elias Inn is fine with us.
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Re:Contingent Rollcall - Jefferson County, WI, June 2013 2013/06/18 14:15:03 (permalink)
6 pm is my limit and Beaudreaux seems to favor 7:30 or so he has in the past.
If Elias Inn gets a rave review, I'll meet you some other Friday.
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Re:Contingent Rollcall - Jefferson County, WI, June 2013 2013/06/18 17:18:38 (permalink)
It has been difficult enough to get Jim to Elias Inn (he is not a fish eater and not much more of a chicken one), so, if there is anywhere we can meet and have BR join us, that would be ideal. As for Nite Cap Inn,m I was planning to take Martin tomorrow, the only night they offer walleye
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Re:Contingent Rollcall - Jefferson County, WI, June 2013 2013/06/18 20:16:17 (permalink)
The current plan is to leave late morning/early afternoon and log some time at Glacial Drumlin State Trail and/or some of the other natural wonders of Jefferson County.
 
6:00pm might be a little early, but we certainly don't need to wait until 7:30.  MFL, is 6:00pm an absolute limit or is there room for a tiny bit of compromise?  Maybe 6:30-6:45, just to give us some wiggle room if we get hung up on a Glacier on the State Trail.
 
If that's still a deal breaker, and it means the difference between having as many of my friends with me at dinner or not, I'd do my best to be there at 6:00.
 
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Re:Contingent Rollcall - Jefferson County, WI, June 2013 2013/06/18 20:38:47 (permalink)
Buddy,
 
Elias Inn does not take reservations, so we'll be looking at a really long wait for anything but an Early Bird (i.e, Senior-, Old Timer-, MFL-) Dinner.  We are willing to try the place Brad suggested instead.
 
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Re:Contingent Rollcall - Jefferson County, WI, June 2013 2013/06/18 20:47:23 (permalink)
Ignore this. See new post below.
post edited by JRPfeff - 2013/06/19 20:41:37
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Re:Contingent Rollcall - Jefferson County, WI, June 2013 2013/06/19 09:19:15 (permalink)
Pie Diva

It has been difficult enough to get Jim to Elias Inn (he is not a fish eater and not much more of a chicken one)
That's just tragic.  You are a saint for having put up with him all these years.
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Elias Inn does not take reservations, so we'll be looking at a really long wait for anything but an Early Bird (i.e, Senior-, Old Timer-, MFL-) Dinner.  We are willing to try the place Brad suggested instead.
I emailed Carp's Landing to see if reservations are possible and if there are times when we'd have to wait awhile.  At this point I count 6 people and maybe 7 if we can schedule it so that MFL can join us, so is anyone else interested?
 
EDIT: Carp's Landing does take reservations.
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Re:Contingent Rollcall - Jefferson County, WI, June 2013 2013/06/19 11:31:03 (permalink)
Looks like beef will be available at carp's Landing! At least Jim and I will join you, just let us know what time and we will be there. We are looking into Elias Inn as our last stop/supper club Saturday. We are worried they may only offer a set menu, like Friday.  Will keep you posted
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Re:Contingent Rollcall - Jefferson County, WI, June 2013 2013/06/19 14:39:53 (permalink)
I won't be joining you on Friday for the fish fry, but I'll still be there Saturday for the official tour.  Nothing earlier since 10:30 is plenty early enough for me   Already loaded the GPS with the itinerary!  Gonna be a nice day.
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Re:Contingent Rollcall - Jefferson County, WI, June 2013 2013/06/19 18:21:36 (permalink)
Itinerary looks great.
X1 and I will see you all at Wedl's at 10:30.
Also it's been awhile but I've had Elias fish fry and it's good. But popular and crowded as mentioned above.
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Re:Contingent Rollcall - Jefferson County, WI, June 2013 2013/06/19 20:40:33 (permalink)
MORE CHANGES - SEE POST ON NEXT PAGE OF THREAD
 
CAUTION - THE ORDER OF STOPS HAS CHANGED. CHECK YOUR GPS.

This post is a work in progress and will be revised.  I'm saving it now so I don't lose my work.
 
Oops. Watertown's Art Festival was last week. Sun Prairie for Strawberries anyone?  Strike two - they only run until 3:00. An afternoon of slotcar racing? No, this ain't BIG TIME like the swells in Duh's Plaines.
 
Prior to the official tour, some of you may meet in Ft. Atkinson for the Fort Farmers Market (located 1 block off of South Main Street just across the street from the Fort Atkinson Post Office) and a possible breakfast at Scottie's Eat-Mor (1311 Madison Ave, Fort Atkinson). Contact Buddy for a stop at Scottie's, but get there very, very early (like that is an option with Mr. Roadhouse).
 
Official Tour
10:30
Wedl's Hamburger Stand & Ice Cream Parlor, 200 E Racine St, Jefferson
We'll get a start a World renowned hamburger stand.  Outdoor seating and tasty burgers and ice cream, too. We may never leave.

12:00
Glenn's Market & Catering, 722 W Main St,Watertown
Glenn's is a first rate full service meat market, with some of my favorite brats and bacon in the state. Besides the fresh meats, they also have a huge frozen meat selection with all of their bratwurst varieties and Mexican specialties, too. Bring a cooler to fill here.
 
On Saturdays, Glenn's operates a charity brat stand offering their Sheboygan-style brats and a different specialty brat each week. On the 22nd it will be ... NO WAY, that can't be a brat!
 
1:00
Taqueria Maria, 311 S 1st St, Watertown
My daughter, Pippett, swears by their quesadillas and insisted we stop here.

2:00  
Mullens Dairy Bar, 212 W. Main Street, Watertown
Time for a break from food, ice cream sundaes don't count.  Mullens is a classic, how did Clifford miss it?
 
2:30
Zweig's Grill, 904 E Main St, Watertown, WI
Fried pickles and an architectural gem. Zweig's is tiny, if we take a running start, The Contingent may fit inside.
 
3:30
Big Change Here - Baked Goods Scavenger Hurt
Homestyle Bakery, 411 East Main Street, Watertown or
Upper Krust Pie Shop, 1300 Memorial Dr, Watertown or
Sweet Talkin' Treats, 108 S. 3rd Street,Watertown or
Somewhere else
 
After Zweig's, we will scatter to different bakeries and return with our purchases to Riverside Park to share and compare. Archie & Jughead may even show up.
 
We may have to add a non-food time eater to the tour. Anyone for a tour of Octogon House or a $3.00 first run movie?
 
5:30 or later 
Crawfish Junction (9755 County Rd N, Johnson Creek) or Elias Inn Supper Club (200 N 2nd St, Watertown).
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Re:Contingent Rollcall - Jefferson County, WI, June 2013 2013/06/19 22:21:45 (permalink)
JRPfeff An afternoon of slotcar racing? No, this ain't BIG TIME like the swells in Duh's Plaines.
I was led to believe there would be slotcar racing.  Reconsidering participation.
JRPfeffContact Buddy for a stop at Scottie's, but get there very, very early (like that is an option with Mr. Roadhouse).
I have no problem making an early start.  As long as you come to my hotel, scoop me up out of bed, still asleep and in my jammies, and drive me to the first stop.  Once there, the smell of fresh coffee should bring me around.
 
If not, a kiss from Prince Charming should do the trick.
 
Are we there yet?
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