We found The Cottonpicker Restaurant last year after our favorite restaurant in Southeastern Wisconsin closed due to the owner’s failing health. We were happy to find another place to stop for dinner on the way home to the Chicago suburbs from our frequent trips to Central Wisconsin.
Last Spring thru late Fall we dined at The Cottonpicker frequently– sometimes two weekends in a row. The food and service were always okay, not great, not bad, but okay with a nice view of a garden in the rear. We stopped there for dinner last weekend for the first time this year and were really disappointed. Something must have happened since last Fall!
First, my wife wanted the catfish but it is listed on the menu as deep fried so she asked if, since other fish on the menu is sautéed, she could order the catfish sautéed. Well, the waitress (who we had not seen before) responded that the chef works very long hours and if he is in a “crabby mood” he will not do it. This is a place that bills itself as a “fine dining restaurant”! I asked to have a baked potato put in the oven to crisp while we were deciding on our meals. While we were deciding, we overheard the waitress give the same “crabby chef” story to the people at the table next to us!!
To cut to the chase, my wife’s fish came deep fried. My potato came soggy. I had ordered the “baked” sea scallops with breadcrumbs which came as scallop SOUP – totally immersed in some watery liquid. They were ,at best the size of quarters, not very thick and were pretty tasteless The dinner salads consisted of a few pieces of iceberg lettuce, a couple of cherry tomatoes , a few croutons, and about one tablespoon of dressing on top. An average sized adult could probably get the entire salad in his mouth at once and comfortably chew, if so inclined! Oh – and we had to flag the waitress down to get refills for our drinks even though she walked past our table numerous times.
On our way out, we stopped by the hostess, Victoria, and explained that we had been regular diners there all last season, had a bad experience this time and was the owner in. She indicated he was in but, I guess he doesn’t see customers, since she said she would have to take my phone number and have him call me. No surprise no call! $60+ before tip!
We are looking for a new place to be our regular stop. Going to try The Lighthouse and Sebastian’s, both in the Kenosha area and closer to the interstate to boot.
One final note, if you are in the area of this restaurant or, for that matter, anywhere in Southeastern Wisconsin’ you must try Uncle Harry’s ice cream shop. It’s on Rt. 20 about 10 minutes north of Burlington. They make their own ice cream and waffle cones! Best we've had. YUM! Nice kids behind the counter too.
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