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  • September 2017
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Mark’s East Side

I’ve always loved supper clubs. They bring me back to a time that I can only reflect might be what other generations consider “the good old days.” My grandparents loved them, and visiting them as a child felt special. Unfortunately, supper clubs are a dying breed, so finding and holding on to the ones that have lasted the test of time is vital.

Mark’s East Side is one of those places. It has been family owned and operated since 1967, and its longstanding success and secure place in the Appleton community can be attributed to its attention to detail and highest quality ingredients — not to mention delicious food and comfortable atmosphere.

My guest and I visited Mark’s for a late lunch during the week. The staff was friendly and welcoming as we entered the open and naturally lit dining room. We arrived hungry and ready to try the delicacies the restaurant is known for.

We began with two appetizers. The Sauerkraut Balls sounded like the perfect introduction to German food, and they were! Deep-fried but very light and flavorful, the horseradish sauce that accompanied them had a great bite that complemented the sauerkraut. We were also pleasantly surprised that the one order came with 9 morsels, and commented on how a bigger group could enjoy this appetizer as well — although we had no problem finishing them!

We also shared the Crab Cakes that came out the ideal golden brown, crispy on the outside and warm and delicious on the inside. The two cakes came with a remoulade that we both loved: it was the right amount of acidic and creamy.

Very satisfied but eager to try our entrees, we couldn’t wait to continue to our next course. We felt like we were truly living the supper club experience when we perused Mark’s East Side’s Lunch Menu. It is nothing short of jam-packed! It holds everything from hearty salads like the Pecan Encrusted Chicken Salad, Turkey and Spinach Salad and Shrimp Salad with a Pineapple Lime Vinaigrette to specialty sandwiches including a variety of burgers and many land lover and seafood entrees, and dessert.

I ordered the Chicken Ala Oscar, a tender chicken breast grilled and topped with asparagus, real crabmeat and creamy hollandaise sauce. It tasted as great as it sounds! In fact, the remaining portion tasted just as wonderful for lunch the next day as the portions at Mark’s are more than generous. 

My guest ordered a special Mark’s East Side was offering this day: Sesame Seared Ahi Tuna over a Seaweed Salad. We both remarked that it was beautifully presented and looked like a food photographer’s dream. Medium rare ahi tuna was served over seaweed salad topped with a Ginger Soy Vinaigrette and Tobiko Caviar. It was refreshing to see something so unique in our area. And it tasted great!

Mark’s East Side is known for their high quality, perfectly prepared steaks so we knew we would be remiss if we didn’t try their prime rib. We chose Mark’s Prime French Dip — thinly sliced, slow roasted prime rib with mozzarella cheese on French bread with au jus for dipping — to sneak a few (it turned into several!) bites before bringing it home for our friend to enjoy. The three of us agreed that it was exquisite! In fact, our friend exclaimed that it was one of the best he has ever had.

We were completely satiated and feeling satisfied with our meals thus far, but Mark’s East Side’s large dessert menu got our attention. Crème Brulee, Strawberry Shortcake and Banana Schnitzel were all contenders but we decided on the German Chocolate Cheesecake to share. We were very happy with our decision. A sweet coconut topping paired with real German chocolate on a chocolate cookie crust created the perfect cheesecake in both of our minds. 

The three-course meal and our overall experience at Mark’s East Side was a positive one. The delicious food, friendly staff and attention to detail has rightly catapulted the restaurant to the exclusive list I mentioned in the beginning of this Restaurant Spotlight: one of the great supper clubs that will last. 

Mark’s East Side

1405 E Wisconsin Ave, Appleton

920-733-3600

www.markseastside.com

 

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