Written By: Jennifer Hecht, Convention Sales Coordinator
If you are looking for a unique and original dining experience in the Fox Cities, look no further than Houdini’s Escape Gastropub. With 175 beers, some of the best old fashioneds around and fresh, inspired food in a laid-back atmosphere, Houdini’s is sure to please even the most diverse crowd for any occasion. The Appleton eatery is so popular with locals and visitors alike, they are in the process of building on an addition to include more dining space and a larger bar for their expansive beer selection. They have also recently expanded their outdoor dining space with three fire tables to enjoy while sipping late night cocktails.
My husband and I decided to try Houdini’s for a date night a few weeks ago and we were so glad we did. Both of us were blown away by the food, drinks and service. We started off with their brandy old fashioned; hand-muddled with orange, cherry and bitters, the way a good old fashioned should be! For dinner I had the Grilled Chicken Panini; sliced chicken breast, gruyere cheese, spinach, tomato and basil pesto aioli. I also had a side of the Truffle Mac & Cheese, which is to-die-for delicious; a blend of cavatappi pasta, mozzarella cheese, parmesan cheese and truffle oil. My husband had the Gastro Burger with Pub Chips; half pound ground chuck, your choice of cheese, topped with lettuce, tomato, and onion, served with house aioli on a croissant bun. Everything was delicious and cooked to perfection! We will definitely be making Houdini’s a regular date night and happy hour spot; there’s so much more on their menu we can’t wait to try!
Be sure to check out their current renovations, they’re adding more dining space and expanding their outdoor patio! Reservations are recommended. Open for lunch and dinner, take a look at their menu online before you dine – complete with pictures of all their offerings. http://www.houdinisescape.com/menu/menu.php