Pasta and Zinfandel at the Brett Favre Steakhouse

BrettFavresSteakhouseThere may be better restaurants in Green Bay, but as a lifelong Packers fan with only one evening for a meal out, there was only one choice for dinner: Brett Favre’s Steakhouse.

As you might imagine, the restaurant is packed with Favre photos, paintings and memorabilia. It provided the perfect backdrop for a superb meal — and neither my bride nor I had a steak.

Michelle ordered the Bruschetta Chicken ($23) — lightly breaded, pan-seared chicken breasts, fresh local mozzarella, and a medley of marinated tomatoes.

VeggiePastaWithGlassOfZinI chose the Roasted Vegetable Pasta ($19) — penne, marinara, spinach, caramelized onion, roasted red pepper, basil and feta. Michelle decided to pass on wine, so instead of ordering a bottle, I had a glass of California Zinfandel that paired perfectly with the pasta.

Signature dishes at Favre’s are the Goat Cheese and Balsamic Filet ($43), Steak en Frites ($32), Gaucho Rib Eye ($51), and the Black and Blue New York ($42).

All of the beef is sustainably and locally raised Black Angus that has been aged to perfection. In addition to the standard cuts, there’s a Surf and Turf dinner with a lobster tail ($65), and a Steak and Cake meal with crab cake ($49).

The menu also includes some enticing starters, soups, salads, sides, fish dishes, and Southern specialties such as Jambalaya ($23) and BBQ Baby Back Ribs ($28).

Of course, we had to stop by the gift shop before leaving, and there I encountered three different types of Brett Favre wine ($28 each). I figured that these were the types of wine that might cost $2 for the beverage inside and $26 for the licensing, but I didn’t care.

BrettFavreCabernetThat said, I did want to get the best wine of the three since the prices were the same, and after checking the back labels to see what part of California each was from, I opted for the Cabernet Sauvignon, which was made in the Paso Robles growing area — a good region for Cab.

Once consumed, that bottle will have a place of honor on my display wine rack, right alongside the bottle my bride and I enjoyed on the day we got engaged, a bottle signed by the late Fess Parker on the day his Parker Winery first opened north of Santa Barbara, and others.

We took a dessert sampler back to our room and finished it off later in the evening. Then it was time to get some sleep, because a tour of Lambeau Field — where we’d see a whole lot more Brett Favre memorabilia — was on the agenda for the next day.

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