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“Delicious! Both in the restaurant and catered.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of The Rusty Putter - CLOSED

The Rusty Putter
10080 Highway 70 West, Wildwood Golf Course, Minocqua, WI 54548
715.358.6565
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Cuisines: American
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Chicago, Illinois
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4 reviews 4 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Delicious! Both in the restaurant and catered.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2011

Since taking over the Rusty Putter, Steven Wheeler (chef/owner) seems to have put every ounce of energy into creating delicious food in the Northwoods. We have dined at the restaurant and also used Steven for catering services for our wedding June 2011. This man is tireless and the product he puts out is excellent. He and his lovely staff catered a BBQ for 100+ people on Friday, a sit down dinner on Saturday, and a breakfast buffet on Sunday. I received innumerable compliments on the food all three days. "That pulled pork was the best ever", "Can you believe the size of these steaks?", "Are these fresh baked scones?". Saturday's meal was even prepared in the pouring rain. Steven was incredibly accessible through the planning process (mostly by email) whenever I had a question. While he is typically laid back, it's obvious when you meet or talk to him how much he cares about the food he is preparing and the service provided. While all the kinks may not be completely worked out of the restaurant yet, the quality food and desire to please go a long way. I would hire him again in a heartbeat and we'll definitely be visiting the restaurant every time we're back up north.

  • Visited June 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Carefree, Arizona
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
“Don't go for breakfast - there are much better restaurants in the area.”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2011

We knew something was amiss when we entered and no one was there to seat us. The place was empty, except for kitchen personnel. After shouting "is anyone here?" to get someone's attention, someone showed up and told us to sit anywhere. We should have left at that point, but decided to give them a chance.

A waitress finally showed up, with multiple excuses as to why no one greeted us. One excuse was that they had a big catering job.

When our food finally arrived 20 minutes after ordering, the pancake for the pigs-in-a blanket were dry, the eggs were overdone, (over medium does not mean hard yolks), the milk my wife ordered was served in a dirty glass that smelled like whiskey, and the cream for my coffee curdled when added to the coffee. The waitress' excuse was that they had a volleyball team there the night before.

Previously, we had a good breakfast experience at this restaurant, but not this tme.

  • Visited June 2011
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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minocqua
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5 reviews 5 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“The best restaurant in the area!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2011

I have eaten there for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Amazing food, great service, nice atmosphere, clean tabletops. The new Chef/owner Steve Wheeler has taken over the ownership&cooking last summer, and it has been great (I dined there only once while Wes was there and did not go back because did not like the food at all). The soups are to die for, I love his appetizers, salads and fish. Chicken marsala and meatloaf the best I have ever eaten. Apple pie and tripple berry pie for desserts. Large selection of meat options.

Visited May 2011
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Chicago, IL
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“Just flat-out bad”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2011

I've had a place for 20 years now in Arbor Vitae. Until Chef Wes left TRP, we frequently ate there. It was closed for awhile until a chef from Chicago took over and re-opened the place. Whenever we were up at our place last Spring and early Summer (we live in Chicago), we often ate two times a week at TRP. That ended abruptly once the new owner took over at the end of June. Gone were the fresh ingredients, the chef's creative menus were terminated and the fresh, delicious and expertly cooked fish for Friday Night Fish Fry was gone.

My husband and I attended a friend's holiday part at TRP in December and the experience was horrible. An item as simple as cheese sticks weren't even fried properly - we were served empty shells! The rest of the food was questionable at best. Two of the party members sent their dishes back to the kitchen and refused to order a replacement. We chose to give the place one last try and went on a Friday night for Fish Fry - the fish was very obviously frozen initially, way overcooked and the only prominent flavor my husband and I could taste was a bad, fishy one. We decided to ask our server what happened, where is Chef Hector and she informed us that the chef had resigned early that Fall.

It saddens us to see the TRP lot with only two or three cars in it every day but, as we see in Chicago all the time, no restaurant survives - especially not in this economy - if they cannot produce quality food with flavors you find yourself craving within a matter of days.

  • Visited December 2010
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“Outstanding!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2011

As residents of the Northwoods, we have dined just about everywhere. Rusty Putter is now our favorite restaurant. This is a creative and talented chef. The quality of the food is head and shoulders above the rest. The service is excellent, friendly and professional. We have had both breakfasts and dinners here and were more than pleased with all offerings. The seafood benedict and pancakes are the best we have had, as are the rack of lamb and seafood entrees. The cost listed below is for dinner only, not breakfast.

Visited February 2011
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