Adam’s Rib

Fish fry plate
Photograph by Barbara Wilson

If you are looking for a dining experience with homemade dishes and a friendly atmosphere, look no further than Adam’s Rib in Green Lake. A family-owned and -run business for nearly 39 years, Adam’s Rib has secured their place in the heart of Green Lake. Purchased in 1978 as a single-room bar called Spike’s, the Adams’ changed the name to Adam’s Rib in 1984 and expanded to offer a dining room in 1988. Since that time, their commitment to quality food and a comfortable atmosphere has never wavered.

Dennis and Jean Adams have run the “best bar and restaurant by a dam site” together, and now include their daughter Rachel in the management of the business. Like her parents before her, Rachel is committed to great customer service, quality food, and working with her employees so that their families come first. “Some of our servers we’ve watched growing up right here at Adam’s Rib. It’s a true family atmosphere where people say it’s like Cheers —everyone knows their name!”

Some of the dishes that keep people coming back for more include their Friday night fish fry and homemade beer batter. “We carve all our own fish in the back each week,” Rachel says. “You won’t find bar food here.” Saturday nights they serve classic supper club fare—deep-fried chicken, chicken and ribs, and prime rib—without the supper club prices. Sunday dinners include a baked half-chicken, roasted half-duck, and roast pork. Every dish is made from scratch with recipes that have earned Adam’s Rib such titles as Best Burger in Town (2013), Best Dining on a Budget (2016), and Best American Cuisine (2015). Some of their more unique dishes include Beef Rouladen and spare ribs with sauerkraut. Their soups are homemade as well.

Photograph by Barbara Wilson

When people aren’t stopping in for food or a drink with friends, Adam’s Rib is also a favorite spot for local clubs and organizations to meet. Snowmobile club, cribbage club, and others are some of the frequent visitors to the dining room. Adam’s Rib hosts rehearsal dinners as well.

When the family and staff aren’t serving hearty lunches and dinners, they are giving back to the Green Lake community through donations and events with the chamber of commerce, which is next door, and setting up booths at some of the many special occasions occurring in Green Lake.

Adam’s Rib is located at 538 Mill Street, across from the Green Lake Dam. They serve lunch every day, except Sunday, and dinner every day, except Monday. While the kitchen is closed from 2:00 to 4:30 p.m. daily, you can pop in anytime for a cool drink and casual conversation. It’s not easy keeping a food service business running for over 38 years straight, yet it’s clear the Adams are committed to the community they now think of as family.

Rebekah Sell is a freelance writer and blogger in the Fox Valley.