Friday, October 2, 2009
Our usual focus is on the WI Fish Fry, however, those of you who enjoy the ‘fry’ and the cocktails that accompany the tradition know there is a fact of life to be delt with. In the morning after a good night out you need to feed the furnace, and what better place than the Rhinelander Café & Pub.
The RC&P has the best breakfast in town and I say that for several reasons. First the English Muffin Toast; not only is it tasty - they still butter toast the ‘old fashioned’ way…they use a brush and paint on the clarified butter. (Honey dial 911 cuz the arteries are startin to close.) The Little Marinara loves this, her pet peeve is when she gets toast and it only has a meager dollop of butter. We are true Wisconsinites when it comes to butter; don’t insult us with your margarine or oleo crap. Second: are the breakfast entrees. I always have the Corned Beef Hash with Poached Eggs and an order of Hashbrowns with fried Onions. It seems that I have only found two places that can poach an egg, here and the Eagles Nest in Wausau. (At most places the poached eggs look and task like golf balls) Of course the plate is garnished with fruit, which I promptly remove from the plate least it attempts to make me healthy. Marilyn always orders Eggs with a slab of Ham and Hashbrowns, she also eats the fruit..someone has to!
The décor is right out of the mid seventies, dark furniture and carpeting that has throw back colors, dark paneling on the wall and some pictures that are always for sale. Most of the waitresses in the morning have been there since day one; they are tired but friendly.
We have been there for lunch several time and always found the sandwiches to be of a generous size but slightly expensive, we have never had dinner there.
The Little Marinara and I have always worked on the theory that you dine on the strengths of the establishment and for us this is a breakfast only place.
Big Ragu gives this place a breakfast rating of 4.5 Outa 5