The Local Bar and Grille is on the Chequamegon Bay Golf Course and the dining room and bar have views of it and the surrounding trees. It’s a large space and open every day for lunch and dinner. They opened in Dec. 2021 in a building that was and is available for rental – it’s a large space. A husband and wife team, Mike and Natalie Skinnes, joined up with friend Brad Moulett to try and make some dreams come true for the three that grew up in Wisconsin. They call their menu ‘pub fare’ with a twist. There’s plenty of parking out front. When you enter the bar is to your right with a few tables also. The rest of the room is a large space set with 4 tops covered with brown cloths and a large fireplace is at one end of the room. Windows look out on the golf course and lovely hanging baskets of plants. A separate door is on the golf course side for those sports people to pop in for a short respite. Between the windows and lights, the room is well lit. Service was friendly and attentive and the food was good and generous. With a smaller lunch crowd I might have closed off part of the large room, but everyone wanted a window table to watch the outdoors.
The Local Club contained ham, turkey, bacon, lettuce, tomato and dijon aioli on sourdough toast. All sandwiches come with fries (or for an upcharge you can substitute a salad or soup). It was a fairly traditional 3 slices of bread club stuffed with lots of nice ingredients. The small twist was to have dijon aioli instead of straight mayo. I found that to be a nice substitution. Everything was fresh, the meats moist and the bacon crisp and smokey. The fries were nicely crisp. It was a huge plate of food.
The Rachel was made with turkey, swiss, kraut and thousand island on marble rye toast. Here the twist on a regular Reuben was to use turkey. It worked out nicely. The meat was moist and there was plenty of dressing to work with the sauerkraut. The rye was perfectly toasted. It was good enough that I’d order it again. The fries were the same – crisp, hot and plentiful.