L-Woods is what it is. It'll never be a northwoods Wisconsin supper club. To accomplish that would require the following:
1. Allow smoking in the entire restaurant.
2. Allow only American built cars & trucks in the parking lot. Foreign cars must park by the pool.
3. Have designated "snowmobile parking" only.
4. Every car in the parking lot is unlocked with keys in the ignition.
5. Rolex, gold, diamonds, and furs not allowed in the restaurant.
6. Pop will be called soda.
7. L-Wood chopped salad is replaced by a self serve salad bar.
8. Baby back ribs and skirt steaks are replaced by filets.
9. All fish is deep fried and served on Fridays only.
10.Doggie bags are only given to dog owners. Must show proof of dog waiting in vehicle in parking lot with all windows open.
11.No senior discounts or Entertainment Book coupons honored.
12.Sima now serves free samples of fried venison instead of kasha.
13.Green Bay Packer motif throughout the restautant with more animal heads adorning the walls. At least one 4 foot muskie must be above the bar.
14.The wait staff would look like this- No north shore Nancys here!
I think we are confusing northwoods tavern and restaurant with supper club.
Supper clubs are an endangered species. There aren't many left. And even some of them do not qualify as supper clubs anymore. It is a special type of swanky and snazzy restaurant only open from 4:00pm to 10:00pm and usually closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. It is typically operated by a husband and wife with the living quarters above the restaurant. Men should definitely wear a sports jacket and probably a tie. No trophy fish or animal heads on the walls, no Friday fish fries, no Green Bay Packers. Actually, Fuzzy Thurston who played left guard for the Packers owned eleven The Left Guard restaurants so there may have been Packer memorabilia at his places but that was before my time and I believe they fell into the steak house category. No coupons, either, but there is a happy hour.
Once the hostess has seated you the waitress takes your drink order. She will be wearing a wing collar white shirt and a black tie and vest or a uniform similar to that effect. A very traditional supper club drink is the brandy old fashioned made with muddled fruit and soda water — not Sprite — with a dash of gomme syrup for silky texture. I don't know how to say it — part of the charm of the supper club is the attention to detail. A Caesar salad is made tableside. Cherries jubilee is flambéed. The food is fancier than the food normally prepared at home. A vintage menu I came across had "fresh seafood flown in daily" for the oysters and lobsters.
A supper club menu will usually include duck, surf and turf, lamb, a listing of sauces for the steaks and one of the salad selections will be "the wedge" (iceberg lettuce with bleu cheese). Portions are exceedingly large.
No salad bar. After the waitress has delivered your food order to the kitchen, she will return with the relish tray which is included with your supper. At my favorite restaurant, the relish tray was a four-storied lazy susan. Crudités with different sauces, pickled herring, olives, pickles, cheeses, small selections of salads, meatballs, smoked fish, sausage, shrimp, devilled eggs .... very much like the whole salad bar was brought to your table. This is where I made my mistake on my first supper club dining experience. I was not aware of the relish tray and had ordered a small Cobb salad and roasted duck. Too much food. The waitress carefully packed all the leftovers in the largest doggie bag I had ever seen.
During the heyday of supper clubs, dining was at a leisurely pace. Expectations were for having a few drinks. I am not very big; one of the birdbath-sized gin martinis is my limit. Then the diners would be entertained by a pianist and a singer. So. A person could easily spend three or four hours. Nowadays most supper clubs no longer have entertainers.
Another supper club difference: as an alternative to dessert is the ice cream cocktail such as Grasshopper, Golden Cadillac or Pink Squirrel.
My favorite club was The Pyramid. It was an actual pyramid plunked down in the middle of fields of corn and pastures near Beaver Dam, Wisconsin. The décor was Egyptian pyramid. It has been closed for five years.
Ishnala is located near the Wisconsin Dells. It has a northwoods resort look about it. Ishnala is unusual in that it is open seven nights a week from late spring to early autumn and that it was recently purchased from the original owners, not passed down from the parents to their children. And the relish tray is nowhere near as awe-inspiring as The Pyramid's. On recent trips to Ishnala, people who had been gambling at the Ho-Chunk tribe's casino. They were noisy and not properly dressed. They were not supper club people!
The Fox And Hounds has not been a supper club for a long time although the outbuilding for the valet to park your car is still in place. The menu is nice but the only supper club item is Super Surf and Turf — an eight ounce lobster tail and an eight ounce steak which is pretty small by supper club standards. Really a shame because it was pleasant to put the top down on the roadster on a soft summer night and drive winding roads through the wooded hills after dining.
The Bartolottas, a very successful local restaurant family, recently opened two supper clubs. Joey Gerard's. There is a separate charge for the underwhelming relish tray. This is a modern place where you are expected to eat your relish tray, appetizer, a salad and main course. Where my bill at The Pyramid was less than thirty dollars, dinner for one is going to set you back approximately $80. There is a hamburger on their menu! And Joey Gerard's does not serve asparagus with hollandaise.
post edited by Haruka - 2015/03/03 14:03:59