A wonderfully hospitable Chinese sit-down restaurant conveniently located just across the street kiddy-corner from The University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh Scott Hall dorm on Wisconsin Street is not to be missed if you like large portions of excellent Chinese food. The extensive menu contains 79 main dishes, twelve appetizers and seven soup choices. There is additionally six special Health Foods for takeout only and fifteen Chef Special dishes. A special kid's menu can be requested. For lunch there are twenty additional selections served between 10:30 am and 3:00 pm Monday through Saturday. All can be taken out also, in pints or quart sizes. Plan on taking some time to study the extensive culinary choices. I ate there several times over a nine day period and everything was excellent. I judge a Chinese restaurant by its Hot and Sour soup, and the Jade Dragon's was right up there with the best I have sampled. The L-shaped restaurant has both comfortable booths and tables that can adjust to the size of the guest party. This is a family operation with a partner who helps wherever necessary. Delivery and takeout is also available. Note: Menu is also in Chinese. Spicy dishes are in red type and degree of spiciness can be specified (as to number of red peppers, for example).
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Open 7 days a week Mon.-Sat.-10:30 am to 11:00 pm and Sundays 11:00 am to 11:00 pm.
Favorite Dish: I found actually three favorite dinners. In addition to the wonderful cup of hot and sour soup to start (a bowl is also available), I preferred the Mongolian Beef dinner or the Kung Po spicy Beef dinner, both served with white rice, tea and fortune cookies. Servings are huge and tasty with many vegetables. You may specify NO MSG (mono-sodium glutamate) if not MSG-tolerant. I also tried the House Special Egg Foo Young which was also excellent, and almost too much food.
El Azteca has five Wisconsin locations besides the Oshkosh restaurant.There are two in Appleton, one in Neenah and one in DePere, Wisconsin, which latter is called El Maya. The Oshkosh restaurant is a large, beautifully decorated multi-room restaurant with a huge menu and moderate pricing. They feature both Aztec specialties and Maya dinners, as well as combination dinners, appetizers, side orders, a la carte selections, salads, Mexican grill dinners, seafood, vegetarian plates, American favorites, five Aztec Express lunches, fourteen other lunch specials, desserts, beverages including beer, cocktail specials, wine, daiquiries and margaritas and a selection of Aztec specialties in addition to soft drinks, coffee, ice tea, root beer, Coke, Sprite, lemonade and milk. Free refills on selected beverages.
If you cannot find something to like out of this huge selection, they have a sports bar and lounge with multiple TVs off the lobby which does not intrude on the dining rooms. Two outdoor patios through glass doors serve al fresca lunches in good weather. The interior is immaculately clean and a small army of staff gives you instant attention with excellent service. Comfortable, large booths or tables can seat a large group or the sole diner. I ate here several times over nine days, always in the evening, and the crowds on week nights were a good indication of the restaurant's reputation for fine food and service. If you like Mexican food, you cannot go wrong at an El Azteca. All meals served with complimentary chips and two kinds of salsa. Lower prices at lunch.
Favorite Dish: Either of the Carnitas dinner or the Carne Asada dinner were favorite selections. The Carnitas dinner was prepared in a healthy manner by steam-frying pork pieces rather than deep frying as is usual elsewhere. Sides were salad, rice, beans, tomatoes, and your choice of warm corn or flour tortillas.
The Carne Asada dinner was a great marinated steak prepared to order, with sides of rice and beans, tomatoes, onions and slice of avocado with jalapeno. Portions are large and filling. you won't go away hungry.
The care taken to prepare the Carnitas pork in a different lower-fat manner than deep-frying was a first for me. I appreciated this nice touch to an old favorite in Mexican restaurants. The helpful attentive staff were all Latinos which also bespoke authenticity of all selections and courtesy.
I've been surfing the web to see if there were any bread bowls available at any Perkins, and it appears there aren't... except for the Oshkosh location! Made with cracked wheat, parmesan cheese and red pepper, these bowls are a delicious complement to the giant salads that you can order at any time--- fulfill your craving! Stop in today!
Favorite Dish: I have many...
The bread bowl salads, hands down. You can pick from 5 of them!
The chicken tender melt sandwich, made with three chicken tenders, slices of crisp bacon, tomatoes,, pepperjack cheese; all on grilled sourdough and served with your choice of fries, salad, soup or fresh fruit.
The teriyaki salmon: 7 ounces of grilled salmon topped with your choice of teriyaki glaze, lemon pepper, or cajun seasoning, served with your choice of two sides. I recommend the herb rice blend and buttered steamed broccoli.
Come in on Thursdays and get the Creamy ham and potato soup...I have it every week!
Not only do they have great food, but the service is exceptional. The staff are very accommodating to anyone's needs.
Two Brothers has moved from their previous location next to Howard Johnson's... to a location directly across the street. They have also expanded their hours to open 24/7.
Also they have expanded their menu to include ice cream and specialty coffees. This means they make old fashioned milk shakes and are worth the wait!
Unfortunately, they have had to raise their prices slightly. Most entrees are in the 6-8 ranges for lunch or dinner. Breakfasts are especially good and very, very reasonable. Food is not the greatest in the world but is excellent for the price. This is not the place to look for Beef Wellington but it is a great place to take the family for a filling meal while on the road or enjoying the nearby lake.
If there is one drawback, it is the service. Like so many other restaurants in this college town, it is easy to run into a waitress who is utterly clueless. It ruins dinner when you have to ask for a glass of water more than three times!
Favorite Dish: Anything with feta is good here but it is worth the effort to ask about the daily specials. While not always on the menu, they are often rotated so they appear regularly.
One of the better specials is the lamb shanks. A braised lamb shank is served over a bed of rice covered in a veggie gravy with a veggie, salad or soup and a dessert choice of pudding or jello and very affordable. Easily able to get out under $9.00 with a soft drink.
One regular menu item that is excellent is the half roast chicken over stuffing, with veggie, choice of potato, bread, soup or salad and choice of jello or pudding for dessert... all under $6!
Very decent food, good portions, and a very fair price!
This classic local drive-in makes the best custard, frozen that is! If you've never had it, you MUST stop in at Leon's for a taste. If it isn't sweets you are after, try a roast beef sandwich. You can get a pound of roast beef and a six pack of buns for under $7! This is a great way to feed a small family on a budget.
Favorite Dish: Roast beef sandwich and CUSTARD
The New Moon, located downtown, is the favorite local coffe house. The atmosphere is one of local art on the walls, very friendly staff, and a decent menu, including some good vegetarian chili. Take a break from the chains and try it out. As a bonus our city's sundial is right across the street!
Favorite Dish: Sugar-free vanilla latte and vegatarian chili
Two Brothers is a small restaurant on Omro Rd. just off of Highway 41. The breakfast menu includes just about every staple plus some options with a Greek taste (Feta cheese and Gyros). I had eggs, hash browns, and toast while my wife had the feta cheese omlette. Both were very good. I liked the hash browns better than that of IHOP or Perkins. The restaurant also does have a lunch and dinner menu and includes a bar for those meals. If you go for breakfast during the week, you can get meals from $1.99 and even on the weekends you are looking at $5 a meal with coffee or juice.
Favorite Dish: The cheese omlette with feta cheese was incredible.
Ardy and Ed's is a drive in that brings back the 50's in an authentic way. This restaurant has been owned and operated by the same family since the 1950s when it was an A&W. It has been named Ardy and Ed's since the 1970s and is one of Oshkosh's favorite places to go for a date. They make their own root beer that you can even buy in half gallons for take home consumption. The menu is classic American drive in, with burgers and sandwiches ruling the menu. When you drive in, a waitress rollerskates out to take your order and they also serve you in your car on the skates. Their fries are very good and they offer ketchup or tarter sauce along with it, although if you ask they will bring horseradish sauce for the fries which is my favorite. The desserts are probably the biggest draw with their selection of malts and shakes and root beer floats. Anything you get there is better than you will find in a chain fast food joint. Ardy & Ed's is open from March-October.
Favorite Dish: Double cheeseburger with fries (horseradish sauce with them) and a large root beer served in a chilled glass.
This restaurant is fairly small and cozy, sitting probably 30-40 people. The menu is incredible. You can customize any order by spice and kind of meat/veggies/tofu you would like on it. That way every dish is vegetarian and non-vegetarian as well as spicy and not spicy all at the same time depending on what you like. The portions are generous and the selection of beer includes some Thai choices. Most of the dishes come with steamed rice, some come with noodles and some with fried rice. Everything I have tried is delicious. I have been to Thai restaurants in Green Bay and Madison and while they are also very good, this place is by far the best.
Favorite Dish: My favorite dish is the curry fried rice. I get it medium spicy and with tofu. There is a good amount of eggs and onions in it as well. It just rocks my world. I like putting a little soy sauce in it, but it doesn't need it.
Lara's Tortilla Flats in Oshkosh is a great Mexican restaurant which has been here about 20 years. Excellent food and bar, reasonable prices, great service, and quite popular during the EAA AirVenture show.
I'd have to say that my favorite restaurant is Fratello's! It's on the Fox River and you can drive your boat up to the dock, park it, and go and sit down to eat! Keeping your boat at the dock is free! You can either eat inside Fratello's, or outside. Sometimes they have live bands play at night. Fratello's also brews its own beer! You can go on a tour to learn how it's brewed!
Prices aren't too bad. The highest priced stuff on the menu is steak for like $12. When you eat outside in the Summer, plan for little ducks to keep you company! :D