Green Bay Distillery
Located in the Stadium District with a view of Lambeau Field, Green Bay Distillery is the perfect place for your crew to gather for some seriously good grub. Before you even ponder what’s for dinner, order a basket of deep-fried Cheese Curds, served with creamy ranch dipping sauce. These golden morsels are hand-battered and fried until they’ve got that tender crunch on the outside and gooey Wisconsin cheese on the inside. Now for drinks: You’re at a distillery—so try the house-made vodka. It’s available in four varieties, including cherry- and grape-flavored, and it’s very tasty in custom cocktails. Dinner options range from pizzas to sandwiches, to wings and burgers and fish and chips. You’re in for a big treat if you order the Baby Back Ribs, which are slow-roasted and grilled to succulent perfection, then served with homemade BBQ sauces and gourmet coleslaw. Save room for dessert—the Thunder Cake is amazing.
Titletown Brewing Company
The Packers aren’t the only ones winning honors in Green Bay. The beer at Titletown Brewing Company has brought home medals from Great American Beer Festival Competitions, too. Try the Boathouse Pilsner, which won a gold medal in 2010. It’s a golden, hoppy Bohemian-style lager that pairs perfectly with the restaurant’s classic Fish and Chips: deep-fried North Atlantic cod battered in Titletown Brewing’s own Johnny Blood Red Ale beer batter, rolled in panko and fried until crisp. The fish is served with your choice of pub fries or sweet potato waffle fries, plus the house’s tangy cucumber salad and homemade tartar sauce. (Here’s a tip: Dip your fries in the tartar sauce, too!) Titletown Brewing Company is located in what used to be the Chicago and Northwestern Railroad Depot, so take a moment to soak in the rich history all around you as you enjoy your award-winning beer, flaky fish and salty chips.
The colorful paper lanterns hanging from the ceiling at A’Bravo Bistro create a warm setting, making this hip restaurant stand apart from Green Bay’s boisterous sports bar scene. At this bistro, you’ll find an eclectic menu (described as “sophisticated comfort food”) and friendly, attentive service. The Baked Goat Cheese Crostini with fresh basil and honey balsamic is a nice way to start the meal. As for entrees, it’s hard to go wrong. The Truffle Risotto is creamy and decadent with an irresistible earthiness from the mushrooms. For something with a little kick to it, go for the Spicy Cajun Shrimp & Andouille Sausage Skewers, served with black-eyed peas, Rice and the absolute best fried corn bread you’ll ever taste. Call ahead to find out if there’s live music scheduled.
A hop, skip and a jump outside of Green Bay is the town of Algoma. If you make the short drive here, be sure to nab a table at Skaliwags, a favorite eatery of the locals. The restaurant is divided into two buildings: In one, you’ll find a cozy bar with a few high-top tables, and in the other, you’ll find a more upscale setting. Chef Chris Wiltfang can make a mean She Crab Bisque, and believe us—you want some. The chef is a big fan of all seafood, actually—and he has a particular fondness for shipments that arrive from Hawaii. Whether you’re in the mood for fish, steak, sushi, pulled pork, barbecue or soul food, you’ll be well taken care of. After your first bite, you’ll feel like you stumbled upon one of Wisconsin’s hidden gems. Save time to gab with the locals on the bar side.
The communal nature of dining is emphasized at S.A.L.T., in De Pere, just outside Green Bay, and many of the dishes offered are meant to be passed around the table and shared. The menu here is described as “modern comfort food,” and features such small plates as Fried Green Tomatoes, House Chorizo Sausage, Truffle Fries and Dirty Bastard Nachos. Medium plates, meanwhile, include options such as Grilled Blue Marlin and the Notorious P.I.G. (grilled tenderloin topped with pulled pork, two sunny-side up eggs, bacon mayo and French fries—all served on a baguette). And, if you’re seeking a traditional entrée portion, you’ve got options ranging from Veal Bolognese to Scallop Scampi. Note, too, that S.A.L.T. offers a killer brunch on Sunday. If you can swing it, you won’t be sorry.