Mardi Gras – French for Fat Tuesday. On some level, Fat Tuesday has become a celebration of over-indulging on food and drink and fun before Ash Wednesday and the Season of Lent. Green Bay may not have crazy parades with Mardi Gras beads flying through the air and eccentrically-dressed partiers, but we do have a few restaurants serving Fat-Tuesday-Approved dishes all year long. Do you have what it takes to conquer these big foods of Green Bay!
The Pancake Place
The Pancake Place has been serving plate-sized pancakes for over 50 years! Their tagline is, “Enjoy a meal you’ll never forget.” If you’ve never tried eating a pancake twice the size of your face, The Pancake Place is sure to make unforgettable memories for your whole family. I’m not just talking about giant plain pancakes…that’d be way too normal and boring. Blueberry. Chocolate Chip. Oreo! Raspberry. Strawberry Special topped with strawberries and whipped cream! Hawaiian Cakes made with ham and pineapple. Three-Meat Pancakes made with ham, bacon, and sausage. Or the Holy Grail of Giant Pancakes: Banana Split Pancakes – Ice Cream, Banana, Hot Fudge, Whipped Cream, and Nuts!
Al’s Hamburger Shop has been flipping the juiciest burgers in Downtown Green Bay since 1934. This classic diner lives by the mantra, “Life is too short for second-rate burgers!” I couldn’t agree more. Their burgers are so good, you can’t be satisfied with just one. Some even go to the extreme and order the Double Quad Burger for a whopping eight patties! For the over-achiever, don’t forget the extra-large milkshake to wash everything down.
Prime Quarter Steak House
Prime Quarter proudly lives up to its name offering all USDA graded Choice or Prime Beef at this grill-your-own-steak-house. All the seasonings are available grill-side to spice your steak just right over a hot bed of coals. There’s a grill-master available for grilling tips if this is your first rodeo. If this ain’t your first rodeo, step right up and accept The Beefeater Challenge. Throw down 40 oz. (2 1/2 pounds) of USDA Choice Top Sirloin, a trip to the salad bar, a baked potato and a slice of Texas Toast. Oh, and you have to scarf this down in less than one hour and fifteen minutes. You’ll become the newest member of the Beefeater Club with a gold-medal to prove it. You’ll also receive a free regular Prime Quarter dinner on your next visit.
Zesty’s Frozen Custard
I’m not originally from Wisconsin (shh…our little secret). One thing I learned when moving to America’s Dairyland State is Wisconsinites are very passionate about the differences between ice cream and frozen custard. A word of advice: those words are NOT interchangeable. Frozen custard is richer and creamier than standard ice cream because of a higher butterfat content, slower production time and less air blended into the mix. So this next challenge would be difficult with ice cream, but let’s do it with creamier and richer custard. It may be tougher now, but hey, at least it’ll taste better! Zesty’s Frozen Custard – Riverside Drive location – has issued the Custard Challenge. It’s 36 scoops of frozen custard…THIRTY SIX SCOOPS! That’s one whole gallon of custard. And if that seems like a lame challenge, this gallon-custard-sundae is topped with a cake cone, a waffle cone, two cookies, half a can of whipped cream, sprinkles and a cherry on top. Nuts are optional, but go big or go home!