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Casey9
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RE: Fred's in Burlington, WI 2011/07/31 20:02:28
Buddy
 
Sounds like something I could easily skip.
Ther burgers sound great
BuddyRoadhouse
Filet Mignon
RE: Fred's in Burlington, WI 2011/07/31 20:29:40
Casey,
The apps are there just to keep you from going nuts while you wait for those spectacular burgers.  They do make a dang fine spiral cut fresh potato chip, though.
 
Buddy
RE: Fred's in Burlington, WI 2011/08/01 09:48:45
Casey9

Buddy

Sounds like something I could easily skip.
Ther burgers sound great


They're pretty darn good.
 
The clientele, however, can be highly suspect at times.
 
Brad
JRPfeff
Filet Mignon
RE: Fred's in Burlington, WI 2011/08/01 10:08:06
ScreamingChicken

Casey9

Buddy

Sounds like something I could easily skip.
Ther burgers sound great


They're pretty darn good.

The clientele, however, can be highly suspect at times.

Brad

The orange C's on their apparel are the main give away to those unsavory elements.
BuddyRoadhouse
Filet Mignon
RE: Fred's in Burlington, WI 2011/08/01 13:25:53
What's the problem?  Those "orange C's" just stand for "Can't wait to spend all my Illinois money in Wisconsin!"
 
Buddy
X1
Double Cheeseburger
RE: Fred's in Burlington, WI 2011/08/16 06:29:31
So, what's the final time, and who's joining us at Fred's this Saturday?
 
Who's in?
 
 
abe_froeman
Double Cheeseburger
RE: Fred's in Burlington, WI 2011/08/16 08:54:13
I think Mr. Maki and I are in, but we have to be back in our neck of the woods by 4:00 or so, so the Roadhouses have to be on time this year.
RE: Fred's in Burlington, WI 2011/08/16 08:59:13
Since nothing to the contrary's been offered, I'm thinking it's 2pm.  As of right now I'm in.
abe_froeman

I think Mr. Maki and I are in, but we have to be back in our neck of the woods by 4:00 or so, so the Roadhouses have to be on time this year.


OK, 2pm for everybody else and noon for the Roadhouses.
post edited by ScreamingChicken - 2011/08/16 09:00:41
MilwFoodlovers
Filet Mignon
RE: Fred's in Burlington, WI 2011/08/16 09:03:23
Alas, we'll be there in spirit but not in person.
BuddyRoadhouse
Filet Mignon
RE: Fred's in Burlington, WI 2011/08/16 14:37:38
You guys read my mind; I was getting ready to relight this candle and y'all beat me to the punch.
 
So far, near as I can figure, the weekend meet-ups look like this:
Friday at Irish Fest; The Roadhouses and quijote meeting around 4:30-5pm.
 
Saturday, 2pm at Fred's; The Roadhouses, abe_froeman & Mr. Maki, X1, The ScreamingChickens (good name for a rock band, BTW), and maybe quijote.  Looks like a smallish group this year unless there are folks who are planning to be there but haven't responded yet.  Whoever gets there first, grab a table for seven.
 
Buddy
 
P.S. Maybe I'll put out a Contingent PM for anyone who might have missed this thread.
 
B.
X1
Double Cheeseburger
RE: Fred's in Burlington, WI 2011/08/16 20:33:15
I know Gyp can't go, he'll be out of town...and of course, ChuckL no longer lives here....
 
cjucoder
Cheeseburger
RE: Fred's in Burlington, WI 2011/08/16 20:50:33
Yeah, I'm bummed.  Have to miss it again this year.
Gyp
Cheeseburger
RE: Fred's in Burlington, WI 2011/08/16 22:43:25
Thanks for the PM heads up Buddy.
I'll have to pass since I'll be camping at Michigan Speedway and watching the cars turn left. 
Hope to see everybody again soon.
 
irisarbor
Double Cheeseburger
RE: Fred's in Burlington, WI 2011/08/17 11:32:02
what time is everyone meeting up? 
it's a maybe for me (us)...
E
BuddyRoadhouse
Filet Mignon
RE: Fred's in Burlington, WI 2011/08/17 14:16:49
2pm seems to be the agreed upon time.  Here's the address:
 
Fred's Bar
596 North Pine Street
Burlington, WI 53105-1419
(262) 763-8370
 
Pretty easy to get to; I-94 north to Kenosha, then Hwy. 50 west, to Hwy. 83 north into Burlington.
OR
I-94 north to Racine, then Hwy. 11 west straight into town.
 
Hope we see you on Saturday.  BTW, same as last year(s), we're heading to Irish Fest after Fred's and all interested parties are welcome to join us.
 
Buddy
quijote
Double Cheeseburger
RE: Fred's in Burlington, WI 2011/08/17 19:57:21
Buddy, I won't be able to go to Fred's on Saturday, but am looking forward to seeing you and the rest of the Roadhousery on Friday afternoon at Irish Fest.
 
quijote
chicagostyledog
Filet Mignon
RE: Fred's in Burlington, WI 2011/08/19 01:06:58
Went to Irish Fest tonight and enjoyed it so much, we've decided to return Saturday. Never been to Fred's in Burlington, so COUNT US IN.
 
Love,
M&N
BuddyRoadhouse
Filet Mignon
RE: Fred's in Burlington, WI 2011/08/19 01:18:16
Latest count for Fred's:
Roadhouses-2
abe & Mr. Maki-2
X1-1
ScreamingChicken-1 (Mrs. SC is on a Roadfood trip of her own)
CSDs-2
 
So, first person to arrive, hold a table for eight.
 
Buddy
irisarbor
Double Cheeseburger
RE: Fred's in Burlington, WI 2011/08/19 09:37:51
Looks like we're a no for sure- 
It's my BD weekend and as corny as it is, we'll be at the Tiki Terrace on Sat night...
Looking forward to some tropical drinks and Hawaiian shirts....
abe_froeman
Double Cheeseburger
RE: Fred's in Burlington, WI 2011/08/20 11:38:47
Make that a table for six- Mr. Maki and I have a bunch of stuff we have to get done today, so I we're going to have to cancel.
 
Have fun anyway!
BuddyRoadhouse
Filet Mignon
RE: Fred's in Burlington, WI 2011/08/20 13:36:05
It rained like heck south of Russel Road this morning--knocked out power for a few seconds--but we're still going to Fred's.
 
Our Irish Fest plans may have changed though. We found the talent lineup to be uninspired this year and may just skip it.  However, since we're all the way up in Cheese Land, we're thinking of staying up there to do other stuff.  A stop at The Elegant Farmer and a run up to Milwaukee to do other stuff (besides Irish Fest) are in the cards for us and anyone who wants to join us.
 
See you around 2pm at Fred's (traffic allowing),
 
Buddy
RE: Fred's in Burlington, WI 2011/08/20 21:23:19
And in a stunning, shocking, near-unbelievable turn of events...
 
the Roadhouses were actually on time!
 
Other than that everything went according to Hoyle.  Fred's was hopping when we arrived and almost empty when we left (like always), the burgers were excellent (like always), and it was a good time (like always).
 
And afterwards we paid a Buddy-recommended visit to Gooseberries, a neat new grocery store on the south side of Burlington.  Unfortunately I didn't have a cooler and without A/C there was no way I could take home anything that needed to be kept cold, but hopefully I'll remember one next year.
 
Brad
BuddyRoadhouse
Filet Mignon
RE: Fred's in Burlington, WI 2011/08/21 03:09:58
ScreamingChicken

And in a stunning, shocking, near-unbelievable turn of events...

the Roadhouses were actually on time!

Ten minutes early in fact!
 
Everything Brad has said about the day is true, although in my effort to work my way around Fred's burger menu I discovered that the Cajun version is not necessarily the best option.  The pepper-jack cheese and "Cajun" spices were actually a bit of a distraction from the superior burger and fresh bakery bun.  Of the Fred's Burgers I've sampled, aside from a simple ungarnished burger with only the bare essentials (ketchup, mustard, pickle, and onion--cheese optional), I think the best versions I've had are the Garlic Burger and the Horseradish burger, although even the Horseradish Burger would have benefited from a more pungent horseradish sauce.
 
On the appetizers and sides front, the fried cheese curds were good, and the house made, fresh potato chips, dusted with Parmesan cheese were outstanding.
 
Other stops in the day included, as Brad mentioned, high-end grocery store Gooseberries, The Elegant Farmer where we picked up a caramel apple pie for a family get-together on Sunday, dinner at a Contingent favorite, Jalapeno Loco (garlic soup and a plate of Oaxacan tamales--excellent as always) and a wrap up at a Milwaukee neighborhood polka bar, Kochanski's Concertina Beer Hall, where we enjoyed the Rockabilly song stylings of the Kevin Fayte Rock 'n' Roll Trio; visiting all the way from Oshkosh! I enjoyed them so much, I even bought their latest CD.
 
All in all a grand day in southeastern Wisconsin, and a better time than we had at Irish Fest last night.
 
Buddy
X1
Double Cheeseburger
RE: Fred's in Burlington, WI 2011/08/21 07:39:09
Had a great time at Fred's and at Jalapeno Loco.
Pics are posted on my FB page, as usual.
 
 
RE: Fred's in Burlington, WI 2011/08/21 16:56:14
Clockwise from left: Buddy, Mrs. Chicagostyledog, Mrs. Roadhouse, and Chicagostyledog (X1 was at the bar placing our food and drink orders).  Note how CSD, ever the paragon of style and fashion, coordinated his outfit with Fred's chairs.

 
The curds.  I hate white foodservice paper because flash causes whatever's underneath to bleed through:

 
The chips:

 
Cajun burger on the left, roasted garlic burger on the right, and both cooked as requested to medium-rare.  Like Buddy, I agree that of the "theme" burgers the roasted garlic is the best:

 
Brad
BuddyRoadhouse
Filet Mignon
RE: Fred's in Burlington, WI 2011/08/21 22:39:47
I'm impressed--for a guy who's still working with film, you got those photos on the site pretty darned fast.
 
I'm working with digital and I still haven't figgered out how to upload a picture.
 
Good job, nice shots.
 
Buddy
RE: Fred's in Burlington, WI 2011/08/23 09:03:28
Thanks, Buddy.  The local Walgreens has a photo lab so I dropped off the film that night and picked it up the next morning...and it always helps to be at the end of the roll.  I'm sure a lot of us can remember finally seeing holiday pictures 3 months later when Mom finally finished the one in her camera!
 
Brad
BuddyRoadhouse
Filet Mignon
RE: Fred's in Burlington, WI 2012/07/25 04:15:22
It's that time of year gang!  We're less than a month away from Irish Fest in Milwaukee and our annual Burger Bash at Fred's in Burlington.  This year, Irish Fest falls on August 17th and 18th.  We're already planning to go on Friday night, the 17th.  Saturday the 18th is looking iffy based on a weak talent lineup at this year's fest.  But that doesn't mean we won't do Fred's that day.
 
There are some other factors involved.  ann peeples has expressed an interest in doing a Contingent tour in Milwaukee with that weekend looking like a contender.  Annie, if you come through with the tour, we'll skip Fred's and Irish Fest for you.  Otherwise we can do Fred's and either continue up to the fest, or look at other alternatives to spend the day.  chicagostyledog also suggested a Milwaukee tour, so that's another possibility.
 
Let's start with Fred's--who's in for The World's Best Hamburger on Saturday, August 18th?
 
Buddy
X1
Double Cheeseburger
RE: Fred's in Burlington, WI 2012/07/25 05:39:09
I'm pretty sure I'm in.
ChiTownDiner
Filet Mignon
RE: Fred's in Burlington, WI 2012/07/25 09:18:30
On one of two college runs....enjoy!
JRPfeff
Filet Mignon
RE: Fred's in Burlington, WI 2012/07/25 22:41:40
By jove, we may be able to make it this time. 
 
Pie Diva will be on crutches.  Do you think she'll be able to navigate Irish Fest or will the jigs be too much?
BuddyRoadhouse
Filet Mignon
RE: Fred's in Burlington, WI 2012/07/26 01:13:11
I thought she could do a jig while standing on her hands.
 
Bear in mind, we're not yet sure if we'll do Irish Fest on Saturday.  At first glance, there are no big name talent draws, and nothing particularly special.  On the other hand, we may stumble over some unforgettable, unknown act when we visit Friday.  In which case we'd make the return trip on Saturday.
 
Regardless of our Irish Fest decision, a trip north is on the agenda for the 18th, either for Fred's, or a Contingent Tour arranged by either ann peeples or CSD.
 
Buddy
Gyp
Cheeseburger
RE: Fred's in Burlington, WI 2012/07/29 12:33:59
I'm in for Fred's. And Irish Fest if it happens.
RE: Fred's in Burlington, WI 2012/07/30 14:49:17
Aug. 18 works for me, whether it's for Fred's or something more Milwaukean.
 
If no one's going to be in a hurry to get to Irish Fest, what about moving the time for Fred's (if that indeed becomes the destination) back to about 1:30 or 2?  It's always so jam-packed from about 11:30 to 1 but clears out pretty quick after that.  Alternatively, it's also quite deserted at 11 as we found out a couple of years ago.
post edited by ScreamingChicken - 2012/07/30 14:51:39
BuddyRoadhouse
Filet Mignon
RE: Fred's in Burlington, WI 2012/07/30 19:02:49
We usually shoot for 1:30-2:00.  If you've been getting there at 11:30, I'm not sure who you're sitting with, but it ain't us.  You makin' some new friends ChickenMan?
 
Buddy
RE: Fred's in Burlington, WI 2012/07/31 09:49:24
This was a couple of years back, on a day I think we actually had an 11:30-ish start time.  Kathy and I got there early and it was basically us and 1 or 2 people at the bar, but as it got closer to noon it really filled up fast...which isn't that tough to do, as Fred's isn't the biggest place.  I can't remember what time I got there last year but I killed a good 30-40 minutes walking along the river and around a couple of blocks.
 
X1
Double Cheeseburger
RE: Fred's in Burlington, WI 2012/07/31 09:56:25
FYI - Fred's is "newly remodeled"..they knocked out the side wall and added a few more tables. It's still not a big place but at least there are a few more seats available.
irisarbor
Double Cheeseburger
RE: Fred's in Burlington, WI 2012/07/31 12:46:15
Only thing on my calendar is to water the trees...
chicagostyledog
Filet Mignon
RE: Fred's in Burlington, WI 2012/07/31 23:43:23
We're in!
abe_froeman
Double Cheeseburger
RE: Fred's in Burlington, WI 2012/08/03 19:12:37
We have a family thing at 3:00, so we need to leave around 2:30pm (to get there fashionably late)...if whatever we do starts early enough that it's worth the drive up, we're in.  Otherwise, we'll see most of you on September 1st for the Chicago tour.
RE: Fred's in Burlington, WI 2012/08/09 13:35:40
Since we're 9 days away should we think about nailing down a starting time?  I don't know what works best for the I-Festers and the Milwaukeeans but the earlier the better is good for me/us.
BuddyRoadhouse
Filet Mignon
RE: Fred's in Burlington, WI 2012/08/09 14:58:25
Early afternoon will be our pick.  We'll be at Irish Fest until midnight the night before, plus the drive back to Chicago.  We won't be getting up early Saturday morning.  I'd push for 2:00, but could potentially be there a little earlier.
 
Buddy
quijote
Double Cheeseburger
RE: Fred's in Burlington, WI 2012/08/10 22:05:27
 
2:00 pm is fine.
X1
Double Cheeseburger
RE: Fred's in Burlington, WI 2012/08/11 07:21:57
I'll be there at 2. Knowing me, probably before that...but yeah. 2.
 
cjucoder
Cheeseburger
RE: Fred's in Burlington, WI 2012/08/11 09:41:49
I'm in for Fred's! 2 is a perfect time for me.  I won't be able to do Irish Fest, though, on either day.  Finally!  I've been missing it every year.
RE: Fred's in Burlington, WI 2012/08/12 10:15:25
See y'all around 2 or so...like X1 I'll probably be early as well.  Hopefully the weather will be as nice as it was yesterday.
 
The nice thing about a 2pm start is that I can work in a stop at Holi Cannoli on the way home.
BuddyRoadhouse
Filet Mignon
RE: Fred's in Burlington, WI 2012/08/13 00:41:32
So far the guest list looks like this:
 
chicagostyledog  2
X1  1
quijote  1
SceamingChicken  2 (or more?)
cjucoder  1
JRPfeff & Pie Diva  2 (or more?)
Gyp  1
irisarbor   3 (maybe more)
BuddyRoadhouse  2
 
A total of 12 15 14 for sure and maybe more depending on whether other family members join the group.  Whoever gets there first save a table(s).
 
Plans for after Fred's are sketchy.  If Friday night at Irish Fest turns out to be fantastic, we'll be returning there Saturday.  If it's a dud, we'll be looking for some other way to spend our day in southeastern Wisconsin.  All ideas are welcome.
 
Buddy
post edited by BuddyRoadhouse - 2012/08/16 01:44:52
irisarbor
Double Cheeseburger
RE: Fred's in Burlington, WI 2012/08/13 15:49:10
We are talking this Sat, Aug 18th at 2PM? correct?
I'm gonna say 3 of us, but it could be 4
chicagostyledog
Filet Mignon
RE: Fred's in Burlington, WI 2012/08/13 18:26:04
Jeff,
Two good bands at the Concertina Bar on Saturday at 9pm: honky tonk & rockabilly. Remember last year?
 
Mark
BuddyRoadhouse
Filet Mignon
RE: Fred's in Burlington, WI 2012/08/13 19:56:06
irisarbor,
Yes, we're talking about this Saturday, 8/18, around 2:00.  I've added your three to the list with an option for more.
 
CSD,
If the Irish Fest talent is less than stellar, Kochanski's Concertina Bar would be a very strong candidate.  Same rockabilly group as last year, The Kevin Fayte Trio?  Let's hope there's a better crowd this time.  It could get embarrassing if we're the only ones there and the band remembers us from last year.
 
Buddy
post edited by BuddyRoadhouse - 2012/08/16 01:46:54
Gyp
Cheeseburger
RE: Fred's in Burlington, WI 2012/08/15 23:04:58
Hi, I'm sorry but I can't make it to Fred's. I'm moving and was supposed to pick up my keys today but that changed and now I'm picking them up at noon on Saturday. Then I'm going to move some stuff in. 
chuck
BuddyRoadhouse
Filet Mignon
RE: Fred's in Burlington, WI 2012/08/16 01:46:25
Sorry we'll miss you Gypster; I've adjusted the guest list accordingly.  Keep us posted on your evening availability if we decide to skip Irish Fest and do something else up Milwaukee way.
 
Buddy
chicagostyledog
Filet Mignon
RE: Fred's in Burlington, WI 2012/08/16 10:11:49
Buddy, we're going to Irish Fest on Friday. Probably see you there. If it's really good on Friday, we may go back on Saturday. Saturday looks pretty good too. We'll talk.
Mark
irisarbor
Double Cheeseburger
RE: Fred's in Burlington, WI 2012/08/16 12:59:18
Sigh..
Things are starting to look a little iffy for me-
might still be me plus 1 son- you never know...
RE: Fred's in Burlington, WI 2012/08/18 23:20:03
I'm happy to report that the burgers at Fred's are as good as ever, and the expanded dining area has easily doubled the seating capacity.  It was nice seeing everybody again and hopefully those friends that were unable to join us today will be able to participate in some of the upcoming autumn activities.
BuddyRoadhouse
Filet Mignon
RE: Fred's in Burlington, WI 2012/08/19 03:23:12
Some new guy by the name of carolinabob showed up outta nowhere.  He was pleasant enough, so I guess we'll keep him.  Today's burger was good, but lost points for being more "medium" than the "medium-rare" I ordered.  I still ate the darned thing, of course.  And it was still a fine burger on all accounts.  A rare "not-quite-a-bull's-eye-but-still-better-than-most".
 
After Fred's, X1, quijote, and the Roadhouses headed over to a small Greek Fest up closer to Milwaukee.  I watched the ingenious homemade rotisserie device churn out dozens golden brown, crispy skinned chickens and gorgeous legs of lamb.  The smell, even with a full belly from Fred's, was dizzying.  It was a real treat to watch the pitmaster at work and chat with him about his technique.
 
The biggest disappointment of the day was not being hungry enough to eat some of that chicken and lamb.  The second biggest disappointment was realizing that, because it was mid-afternoon and it would be hours before we would be back in Chicago with access to a fridge, we couldn't even buy a chicken to go.  We made do with a sampler tray of Greek desserts.
 
From there we headed over to a new international grocery store, an import from the Chicago neighborhoods, Cermak's.  We all found a wide variety of interesting and tasty items to bring home.  At the top of our list was a tub of kajmak; the eastern European bread spread made from a whipped combination of butter and soft cheese.  I'm looking forward to using it on the loaf of ring bread we bought at the Greek Fest.
 
After that we were down to three; X1 headed for home, exotic groceries it tow.  We met quijote over at Thai Barbecue on National and 35th for a final (and comparatively light) evening meal.  A couple of apps and an entree between us and we still had leftovers.  We ordered a plate of chicken satay that either turned out to be beef satay, or my taste buds are out of whack.  Still, they were very good and a fine compliment to the Issan sausages quijote recommended.  They arrived looking like a meaty version of "donut holes".  Beautifully grilled little sausages with crispy skins and a coarse grind interior of pork and spices.  They had a very complex flavor; starting out with a mild pork taste, then opening up into a tangier citrus quality, and finishing with a tiny bit of heat.
 
We rounded out the meal with an order of Beef Mussamun Curry and rice.  It was very good, but was a bit light on that distinct curry flavor you look for in this dish.  Also, they used a food service crinkle cut french fry in place of real potato.  The entree was the weakest of the three dishes, but still managed to please.
 
We wanted to wrap up the night with a "battle of the bands" event at Kochanski's Concertina Beer Hall, hoping to reunite with Mr. and Mrs. chicagostyledog.  Unfortunately, time and energy(loss) were working against us and we had to cut things short.
 
In spite of that, it was a glorious day.  I want to thank all The Contingent members who came out for this year's Fred lunch: carolinabob, Mr. and Mrs. chicagostyledog, JRPfeff and Pie Diva, ScreamingChicken and wife, cjucoder, quijote, and X1.  It's always a pleasure to hang with our best foodie friends.  Looking forward to seeing you September 1st in Chicago!
 
Buddy
X1
Double Cheeseburger
RE: Fred's in Burlington, WI 2012/08/19 08:01:29
Good summation, Buddy.
 
It was great seeing everyone, and yes, I wish I had more room for Greek Fest food! I didn't even finish my 1/2 lb burger at Fred's, though. Next time, the 1/4 lb...I must not forget. 
 
CarolinaBob was a nice surprise. 
 
 
cjucoder
Cheeseburger
RE: Fred's in Burlington, WI 2012/08/19 14:59:52
Thanks for a great day, everyone.  Too bad I ran out of energy to join you at the Greek fest and shopping. 
 
I did my shopping ahead of time in Burlington at  River Valley Ranch.   I've always loved that place.  Came home with tomatoes and criminis (they grow all their own) and a bunch of their homemade condiments.  My favorites are their cheese garlic spread, garlic & basil pickled mushrooms, and spicy olive bruschetta.  I recommend that place next time you're in the Bulington area.
 
See you guys soon!
carolina bob
Filet Mignon
RE: Fred's in Burlington, WI 2012/08/19 19:45:43
It was really good to see so many of my old friends from the Contingent again, and Fred's big beautiful half pound burger made the afternoon even better. Hope I get to see y'all again real soon.       
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
abe_froeman
Double Cheeseburger
RE: Fred's in Burlington, WI 2012/08/20 09:56:03
Bob!

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