So you’re a Wisconsin supper club fan, eh? Well did you know that Calumet County is the Supper Club Capital of the Midwest® and has 8 supper clubs to choose from? You betcha! If you don’t already know, a supper club is a traditional dining environment that includes a lot of delicious food, iconic drinks, and an experience like none other. We aren’t sure why there are so many supper clubs in Calumet County, but one theory, as Travel Calumet puts it, is because the region was settled by men and women who worked hard in the farm fields and needed a ‘night out’ at the end of the week. And our stomachs are thankful for the historic establishments they rooted in the area, because we would be amiss without this supper club mecca. Take a look at 8 of the most popular supper clubs in the area!
First up is the Altona Supper Club in New Holstein. Altona focuses on providing customers with an exceptional dining experience every time they visit! From their mouth-watering steaks, to the outstanding seafood, Altona wants everyone to enjoy their meal at a reasonable price. If you’re in town for the weekend, don’t miss out on the Friday night seafood buffet with shrimp, scallops, haddock and more tasty seafood options! Or, if you’re a meat lover on Saturday nights, they feature a Saturday night meatlover buffet with just about any type of meat you can dream of. Did we say “yum”? Learn more about Altona Supper Club here.
Since 1968, the Roepke family has been proudly continuing the tradition of Roepke’s Village Inn with a classic Friday night fish fry, mouth-watering steaks, and plenty of in-house favorites such as the Roast Duck! But what makes this supper club different from the rest? Roepke’s serves an authentic German menu six nights a week as a tribute to the town’s German heritage. Fan favorites include the Wiener Schnitzel and the golden fried veal cutlet. If you’re in town on a Wednesday night, you have to visit for German Night where they feature an Old World dish and freshly baked soft Barvarian pretzels. Learn more about Roepke’s Village in here.
Next up is Schwarz’s Supper Club in downtown St. Anna! This family run supper club has been in the area for over 55 years and specializes in steaks, seafood, and always promises a good time. Schwarz’s is known for some of the best steaks in the area, but if you’re in town on a Friday night you definitely need to try out one of the Friday night specials. You won’t be disappointed in their quick service, delicious cocktails, and fabulous food while stopping in! Learn more about Schwarz’s Supper Club here.
Gobbler’s Knob Supper Club has been owned and operated by the Levknecht family for over 30 years and is located in downtown Stockbridge. (Talk about a truly iconic supper club!) When you visit Gobbler’s you will understand what a true Wisconsin supper club is all about. Gobbler’s is known for their delicious seafood, steak, and broasted chicken but you won’t want to miss their Friday night fish fry either. Be sure to grab reservations ahead of time or just make sure to head over there early because this supper club is one that everyone in town wants to visit on Friday nights! Learn more about Gobbler’s Knob Supper Club here.
In Hilbert, you can find Schmitz Brothers 2, which has been serving up Wisconsin-style deliciousness since 1955. This supper club is a little more of a mystery and may we say…a hidden gem? Sure is! At Schmitz, you will definitely feel the sense of being local to the area and they will make you feel right at home. A must-have while visiting? The broasted chicken. Plus, you can’t go wrong with a classic Wisconsin Old Fashioned with your meal. Learn more about Schmitz Brothers 2 here.
The Granary Supper Club is a family-owned, made-from-scratch, local supper club that is located in Sherwood of Calumet County. Initially, The Granary was a general store which then transformed into a saloon with a barber shop. In the mid-1900’s, it was transformed again into a supper club with a small dining room. Today, The Granary has expanded to seat over 150 guests at a time! When indulging at this supper club, start off with a visit to the bar with a classic Wisconsin drink. Once seated, you’ll be pleased with all of the delicious options you have to try out on their menu that features traditional steak, fish, seafood, poultry, and more. And don’t forget that at The Granary, they serve locally grown produce and their beef is Wisconsin-raised. Learn more about The Granary Supper Club here.
Known as one of Appleton’s best, the Red Ox Seafood and Steakhouse is another must-stop supper club in Calumet County! The Red Ox serves lunch Friday through Sunday and dinner every night. When visiting, you’ll be more than satisfied with their specialty crafted Old Fashioned's, craft beers, and premium wine! Also, trust that when you’re visiting the Red Ox you are getting made-from-scratch and cooked to order delicious meals every time. Learn more about The Red Ox Seafood and Steakhouse here.
Last and certainly not least is Cobblestone Creek Dining & Banquet! Located in Brillion, this supper club is a full service restaurant and bar that has lunch and dinner specials prepared by their culinary team. On top of that, you can also visit their famous soup and salad bar with two homemade soups daily! Cobblestone Creek also is known for specializing in weddings and banquets but also provides catering services as well. Learn more about Cobblestone Creek Dining & Banquet here.
Wow! Are you ready to hit up one of Calumet County's finest supper clubs? We sure are. We listed 8 here, but there are 8 other supper clubs throughout the region that you can visit as well! If you’re looking for more supper club inspiration, you can learn more about the Supper Club Capital of the Midwest here where they provide information on supper clubs just outside the county. So…which supper club are you headed to first? Let us know below!
Kortnee Hass: Social Media Coordinator for Discover Mediaworks. A Wisconsin ‘now & forever’ transplant with a soft spot for squeaky cheese curds, craft breweries, and all things Wisconsin tourism.