My husband and I do a fair amount of traveling which always involves food in some fashion. We traveled by train a couple of weekend ago to visit our kids in Wisconsin. Now that was a wonderful way to avoid a long and tedious drive when roads tend to be rather nasty especially at the bottom of Lake Michigan during the winter months. Finding great restaurants when traveling is usually by word of mouth for us combined with a little good luck. Our kids made 4:00 PM reservations at The New Fox & Hounds Restaurant & Tavern because she had fond memories of going their as a child with her parents. It had been years since she had been there but the restaurant still had a good reputation so they thought we would enjoy it.
There is a lower dining area divided in several sections (some as almost private rooms and named) along with the tavern. Then upstairs dining area divided into sections as well but a bit more open. Be warned, the stairs leading to the upper level are rather steep!
When we arrived the tavern was almost empty. When we left, it was beyond packed and the only way out for those dining upstairs is through the tavern. It was wall to wall, packed tight with people. So, it is best to make reservations for an earlier dining time as the restaurant does fill up rather quickly for reasons that will become apparent below.
This restaurant offers BOGO deals! Monday through Thursday after 4 PM, Saturdays and Sundays after 3 PM all entrees are buy one get one free of the same or lesser value. It excludes their Super Surf & Turf (8 oz filet, 8 oz lobster tail as well as the lobster tail entree BUT they do have a special Surf & Turf (6 oz filet, 5 oz lobster tail) as part of the buy one get one free entrees. Along with the BOGO free entrees, desserts from the dessert tray are also BOGO as are some bar drinks. This explains why it gets so buy there!
Appetizers and drinks are extra. Appetizers average $9 with the exception of the Fox Feast which is an appetizer platter priced at $18.99. We ordered the stuffed portobella mushroom caps stuffed with cab, topped with Bearnaise sauce and shredded Parmesan cheese to share. It was scrumptious!
We had ordered baked potatoes with our entrees. They were a nice size served in a small baking dish aside of the main plate. I really did like their presentation including the way they served the baked potatoes. It was simple, unpretentious and kept the focus on the food where it should be.
The entree portions were quite generous. I couldn't finish my steak nor could the kids or my husband his prime rib. We asked for take-out boxes just for the meat that we reheated for brunch the next day. We sliced the meat into strips then made a light stir fry to serve with fried eggs and home fries. The meat remained tender and juicy, a sign the meat had not been originally over cooked.
We had never heard of The New Fox & Hounds Restaurant & Tavern prior to this visit so I was rather surprised to read some of the reviews on Trip Advisor. While I do have some reservations about the reviewers on Trip Advisor, we had no complaints at all with this restaurant! The atmosphere was wonderful, the waitstaff were friendly and efficient, and the food was good. We enjoyed four well prepared, nicely presented entrees for the price of two so you certainly cannot complain about this. The only thing I would recommend is to make reservations and go a bit earlier to avoid the crowd. This restaurant is on our must go to list when we are in that area again.