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Connellys in Burkhardt WI - TV


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Connellys in Burkhardt WI - TV

muD | Dec 22, 2003 12:07 PM

I wouldn't probably bother to post this except that the Rustic Hut in Burkhardt Wisconsin remodeled itself into Connellys Irish Pub and the remodel will be featured on one of those cable TV shows this St Patricks Day.

The Rustic Hut was a comfortable little restaurant full of locals serving classic supper club food in an atmosphere that really wasn't supper club. This is a place where in the winter a quarter of their customers come by snowmobile. At any rate the food was decent and the price was better. And on Fridays at lunch you could get a queen cut of prime rib (pretty good quality), texas toast, soup or salad and a potatoe for 5 bucks (I think it was closer to 7 by the time of the remodel). For whatever reason the owner decided to change and it is now an "Irish Pub".

The place looks nice, but as with the menu, it has some oddities. There is still a bar area with seating and a dining area (not very pubish). They kept the shoulder mounted buffalo, but moved it into the bar. They have guiness and bass on tap and a bottle of Jameson but it seems to stop there. The menu has a couple of Irish items, shepards pie and a boiled dinner, and a few items where they put either Jamesons or guiness in the sauce - otherwise it is american food. My friend had the sirloin tips in a guiness sauce and I had the chicken pot pie. We had both worked all day on his new house and hadn't eaten a thing (you can tell how close to done the house was as there were a total of 4 beers to be found at the site) so anything was going to taste good.

We started with the battered potatoe wedges and cheese sauce (normally I'd have intervened and tried the mussels in guiness as an app, but we needed something substantial). After throwing on enough salt and pepper they finally tasted like battered potatoes but the cheese sauce was beyond help, it just had zero taste. It's not like I was expecting much, but there was a lot and as it turns out I'm glad there was a lot here.

The menu has apps, dinners, pub favorites and sandwiches. Both the beef tips and pot pie are pub favorites. The beef tips come with soup or salad and a potatoe, the pot pie comes by itself. The menu doesn't mention, anywhere, what anything comes with. The beef tip serving was well sized for 8.95, and they were done as ordered (medium rare) and while the sauce was not heavy or syrupy, it was too sweet for my taste. The chicken pot pie (with puff pastry according to the menu) was really chicken and carrots in mashed potatoes and served in what I would consider to be a mashed potatoe side dish. There was no puff pastry - contrary to the menus claim. And while it was okay I guess, it was not what I was expecting. I only ordered it because I figured that if you make a pot pie and put it on a menu, you'd do a good job of it. It's not like something you have to have on a menu, it's a specialty item. I probably should have asked if I got what I ordered, but I was tired and it was filling despite its questionable size.

So if you see this place on cable in March, you know what it is.

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