In a word: DeForest's go-to bar burger.
The specs: #00825
7123 US Hwy. 51, DeForest, 53532
JM and Nichole each ate a cheeseburger and a soda.
The bill was $9.75, or $5ish/person, plus tip.
JM gave Club 51 a B-; Nichole gave Club 51 a C (see our grading rubric).
A lot of the places we didn't cover in our first go-round are the corner taverns that are so Wisconsin it hurts. Sometimes these places have hot food, and sometimes it's just pickled eggs and beef jerky.
Club 51 belongs to the former group. They have homemade soup during the day, and burgers & sandwiches at night. The Mike McCarthy show blared from the bar TV (this was back when the Packers still had a chance this season). Hunting tags and deer cutting referrals were readily available.
Supplemented by some happy hour potato chips, these simple burgers went over well (see Kate's burger rating guide):
- Bun: Toasted and buttered white.
- Meat: Thick handmade patty.
- Bun/meat ratio: Good.
- Cheese: Precise slice of American.
- Misc.: Accompanied by a generous pile of pickle slices and a robust condiment tray with a few kinds of mustard, horseradish, and pickle relish. About a 7 of 10 overall.
The critical thing with these small bars is whether there's enough of a draw to justify a special trip. Club 51 ends up in the "not really" camp even though their burger is quite good. So we'd give Club 51 a 51, out of something pretty close to 90.