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  • Northeast Wisconsin
  • December 2013
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GingeRootz Asian Grille

GingeRootz Asian Grille has been one of my favorite Appleton restaurants for years. They’ve got an unbelievable menu, and their happy hour is one of the best in town. And since they’ve added a new outdoor patio and put sushi on the menu, I’ve found myself drawn back more and more. It’s just too good!

For one thing, it’s much more than your typical “Chinese” restaurant. While Chinese dishes do make up a part of the menu, diners will also find selections inspired by the cuisines of Thailand, Japan, Korea and other Pacific Rim countries. The chefs fuse traditional Asian recipes with many of today’s hottest culinary trends, all served in a warm, contemporary setting.

GingeRootz is an especially good option for those who wish to take a break from the typical Wisconsin diet of meat, cheese and fried foods. As I’m a vegetarian and try to eat gluten-free, it can be difficult to find restaurants in the Fox Valley that offer much for me to choose from. GingeRootz’s wide array of vegetarian and vegan cuisine, and their full menu page of gluten-free options are part of what has made this one of my local favorites. All that combined with the many dishes approved by CHIP (Culinary Heart Health Improvement Project) makes this a fantastic restaurant for the hungry but health-conscious diner.

Of course, there are plenty of standard Asian favorites to choose from as well. Traditionalists will not be disappointed in the ever-popular tangerine chicken, ginger-fried rice or crystal shrimp. This last delight is my husband’s favorite — lightly breaded jumbo shrimp in a sweet, creamy, white sauce, topped with sesame seeds and served with white or brown rice. For my part, I like the “customize a bowl” option, as it allows me to keep things healthy while still choosing whatever I happen to be in the mood for. I usually go with rice chow fun noodles served with a very flavorful spicy Hunan sauce and accompanied by a whole bowlful of vegetables and dried tofu. Who says eating healthy has to be dull?

Since GingeRootz now offers sushi, we often start our meals with some of their original sushi rolls. I recommend the Appleton roll, which features salmon, cream cheese and spicy aioli, topped with tempura crunch and sesame, and the elaborate mango fusion roll. This one is a real winner: it’s got salmon, tuna and avocado wrapped in soy paper, ornamented with mango, tobiko, tempura crunch and sesame, and drizzled with mango sauce. If reading that didn’t make you hungry, you might want to check your pulse!

As nice as GingeRootz is for romantic dinners on date night, it’s just as great a spot to visit for a light meal with coworkers and friends. This is where their fantastic happy hour comes in. They feature a full bar with a wide array of drink options, great specials and a fun rewards program in which drink purchases earn you points that you can then redeem for free appetizers. Thursday night — “Spa Night” — is the perfect night to go. You can enjoy a cocktail while relaxing in a massage chair. Just don’t spill your drink!

Finally, if you’re looking to feed a large group for a work or social event, consider reserving GingeRootz’s large private meeting room, or taking advantage of their excellent catering service. My work had our last employee meeting catered by GingeRootz, and Doris, the owner, was extremely accommodating. She chose a diverse array of dishes to satisfy a variety of tastes which left our whole team happy and full.

The next time you’re in the mood for East Asian food — Chinese, Thai, Japanese, Korean or all of the above — check out GingeRootz. Whether you’re a picky eater or a food explorer, a health nut or a gourmand, you’ll find something for you at GingeRootz. It’s my go-to place in Appleton. 

GingeRootz Asian Grille

2920 N. Ballard Rd., Appleton



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