Fox & Hounds offers stimulating food at stimulus-level pricing
In a recent profile here at OnMilwaukee.com, 5 O'Clock Steakhouse executive chef Rich Alvarado predicted the next big restaurant trend to be "economy discount / economy dining. BOGOs (buy one, get one) and coupons ..."
In at least one Milwaukee suburb, Alvarado appears to be right on track.
In Hubertus -- where the population hovers between 5,000 and 6,000 -- a landmark Wisconsin restaurant built in 1845 is trying something new to draw in diners -- a buy one, get one free dinner special that runs Sunday through Thursday.
The "new" Fox & Hounds Restaurant and Tavern, 1298 Friess Lake Dr., spent many years in the Ratzsch family before the current owners, Thomas Masters (also owner of the Mineshaft in Hartford), took control with his brother, Will, and Jim Constantineau.
I visited the Fox & Hounds to scope out its new BOGO special and was pleasantly surprised. Ambience here is worth the haul from Downtown Milwaukee on a weekday -- the décor is amazingly woodsy and old-fashioned, and the clean scent of fresh country air and a wood burning fire hits you in the parking lot, making you yearn for springtime.
The mammoth building that houses Fox & Hounds is perched just off of Highway 167, two miles east of Holy Hill. The interior features a labyrinth of rooms, many with fireplaces, exposed brick, and beams. We were seated in a nook off the main dining room floored with tiger print carpet, and several buck heads were mounted on the walls. The dim lighting and the table configuration made the seating comfortable and woodsy, rather than garish.
Dinner entrees on the buy one, get one special include steaks, ribs, pasta and seafood dishes. All come with choice of soup or salad, vegetables, and choice of potato, and most are moderately priced, in the mid-to-high teens and low 20s.
Dinners begin with a bread basket and flavored butter of the day. On our visit, it was cinnamon butter, which would have been great with breakfast toast. Salads come with mixed greens and fresh slices of cucumber, red onion and a smattering of grape tomatoes.
We sampled the Fox & Hounds' "famous" settlers stew ($16.99), which came served in a porcelain skillet with piped garlic red skinned mashed potatoes over the top, and was a good portion size with thick gravy, and solid flavor. Pan-fried Northwoods walleye with almonds ($19.99) was also decent, with a side of mashed potatoes and steamed green beans and carrots. Considering the reasonable price, this was a solid meal.
Including a moderately priced bottle of red wine, dinner for two rang in at just $49.11. The stew was our free meal, so otherwise dinner would have run more than $67, which admittedly, is still pretty good. Fox & Hounds gives you the ticket to show you pre-promotional pricing as well so that you can adequately tip your server.
The buy one, get one free promotion runs Sunday through Thursday, with no slated end date for now. But, notably, Friday and Saturday specials also come at reasonable prices, and if you're in the area and looking for an inexpensive, solid meal, Fox & Hounds may be exactly what you're looking for.
I have frequented the Fox and Hounds for over 20 years. I've always enjoyed dining there in winter, due to the great ambiance. In years past I've found their specialty to be duck or goose. Recently we went there on a special occasion. I was looking forward to the New Fox and Hounds. We were very disappointed. The food was average at best. Vegetables were heated from frozen. My duck was not the tender crispy duck I thought it would be, but tough and mealy. My wife had steak and it was not juicy or cooked correctly, she ordered medium well. The steak was bland, Kurts in Delafield is much better.
I dine here occasionally. The food is generally good, although service has been a problem at times.
I love Fox and Hounds. We've been going there for holidays and special occasions since I was a kid. If you've never been there you have to try it! I always remember their Easter Brunch being really good too.
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