Friday evening, January 11
Pasties aren't the only Cornish dish Red Rooster serves; on the dessert menu is figgyhobbin
(spelled several ways), which is sort of like a Fig Newton except that it's made with raisins instead of figs and is a pastry rather than a cake. It's usually eaten warm but we got it to go as we were full, so it lasted in its happy little styro box until we reached our motel.
Did I say "motel"? I really meant "motor inn" and look, it's attached to a "supper club"! Country Heights
is located off of US-151 just a couple of miles north of Dubuque.
Inside it's just like you'd expect unless you'd never been inside a supper club before, in which case you'd have no idea what to expect.
This is Jerry the bartender, headed briskly in my direction. Why is he headed briskly in my direction?
Why, to mix me an Old-Fashioned, of course...the Official Drink of the Wisconsin supper club!
Country Heights has a soup and salad bar instead of table service so I ladled myself a cup of French onion soup the way I like it: more broth than onion, and with a few big croutons for good measure.
Prime rib is featured on Fridays and Saturdays so that was my selection, ordered "as rare as you have it". It was a very good piece of meat with good flavor and tenderness and even though I ordered the smaller cut it was plenty.
More hash browns, this time with cheese sauce. These were drier than the ones I had a lunch but they also had some nice browning and were good dipped in the au jus.
Kathy ordered the walleye and we both agreed that it was very good as the fish was nice and flaky while the batter wasn't too thick or overseasoned.
After dinner it was back to the bar for a bit before heading back to our room, and for some reason I ordered a grasshopper. I think I might've actually been thinking about some creme de menthe on the rocks but "grasshopper" is what I said, so that's what Jerry mixed. It didn't have much alcohol but the ice cream was good, and this was the first grasshopper I'd ever seen with a drizzle of chocolate syrup. He made it completely by hand and it was twice as tall as the glass, so we two-spooned it in order to finish before melting became an issue. Side note: taking a sip of riesling after a spoonful of ice cream is not recommended.
All in all it was a very enjoyable dinner and much of Country Heights' clientele are apparently locals and repeat diners as there was a lot of first-name conversation between them and the staff. In fact, an older gentleman was seated at the table next to us and I think every waitress stopped by to chat with him and ask about his wife, who was a bit under the weather.