Last time visiting Suamico we stopped at Rustique on a Friday night at about 7 p.m. When we were told there'd be an hour wait for seating, we didn't stay. This trip I wanted to find out what we'd missed.
The ambiance is neat. It's an old church, renovated with a large birch tree sculpture on one wall and warm decor. Seats at the larger tables appear to be leftover church pews.
Sunday evening at 6:30 the parking lot was full, but there was only a 10 minute wait for a party of five (and no wait for 4 people or less). We waited in the bar while perusing the cocktail menu. Half a dozen white wines, half a dozen reds, as well as another half dozen specialty drinks made it difficult to choose. Before we could decide, our table was ready.
After we were seated, we were entertained by pizza crusts whirling in the air, while pizza chefs made their magic. It was nice and warm in the dining area because of the large ovens radiating heat from one wall.
That was the best part of the experience. We waited and waited ... and waited, though the restaurant wasn't overly busy. Our drinks arrived about fifteen minutes after we ordered them. Then we waited another 15 minutes for our food orders to be taken. Our server was only three days on the job, so that might have accounted for some of the wait.
Wine prices range about $6-8 for a 6 ounce glass. Mojitos were $6
The food menu is limited, as this is primarily a pizza establishment. A handful of appetizers are available, as well as a few side salads, one entree salad, and four sandwiches. You can order fried perch any night of the week, which is unusual. That's typically a Friday-only offering in Green Bay.
We all ordered an appetizer called CBGB - cheese bread/garlic bread. It boasts seven cheeses and is served on a sliver thin crust with a side of marinara dip. It's about the size of a personal pizza for $7.95.
Our CBGB didn't arrive until an hour after we arrived. We couldn't believe how long it was taking for some food to show up. Meanwhile, two tables adjacent to us were eating their entrees while we still awaited our appetizer.
Having said that, the CBGB was very good when it finally did arrive, and we wolfed it down. Then we waited again. Almost half an hour later our entrees finally showed up (90 minutes after we entered the restaurant.)
Several of us ordered fried perch. We were told that the small order had three pieces of fish and the large had five. I ordered the large, which arrived with only four pieces of fish.
The fish batter was extremely salty, kind of unusual for fried perch, but the tartar sauce made it edible. Hubby slathered his in vinegar. The fries were also very salty. The rye bread was served dry (no butter), sliced in half, with a bunch of raw onion in the middle. Gross.
One of our party ordered the pesto fries for a $1.50 upcharge. They were pretty good. Another couple in our group ordered a barbecue chicken pizza, which they raved about. I wouldn't choose that type of pizza, so I didn't try it.
When the checks arrived, our friend was charged for 2 beers when he'd only ordered one. The server corrected his bill.
Though I was shorted one piece of perch, I was charged $16.95 for the large order as opposed to $12.95 for the small order. I paid four additional dollars for one extra (very salty) piece of perch.
If you want pizza, Rustique might be a good choice. If you're not in the mood for pizza, I'd recommend eating elsewhere.
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