By Shereen Siewert
For many people in Wausau, 2510 Restaurant is such a local institution that it can be easy to forget about, especially with so many new dining options in the area. But after spending Monday evening rediscovering this dining staple, I am reminded of just why the food and service at 2510 is so beloved in central Wisconsin.
The last time I dined at 2510 was for my mother’s 81st birthday celebration, a few months back. The famous 2510 birthday discount allowed my mother to enjoy a steaming lobster tail at 81 percent off– plus, she spun the wheel of destiny to nab a discount off her next meal. A win all around!
But, I’ll admit it. It had been awhile since my husband and I had been to 2510 on a date.
So long, in fact, that we’d forgotten just how warm and welcoming it could be to walk in the door, order a drink at the bar, and sit by the cozy fireplace in the lounge while we unwound from a long, stressful day. And I’ve gotta tell you, it felt pretty nice. We didn’t exactly rush to our table.
When we finally did decide it was time to eat, our host seated us at a cozy booth, away from the hubbub of the larger tables in the dining room (which, even for a Monday, were fairly packed) and opened up the menu.
The menu at 2510 is jam packed with food you don’t typically find on the home table, largely because it’s too big or too messy to make. Steaks. Lobster. Fried fish. But there are also plenty of lighter options, too, from salads to burgers to their famous nutty chicken salad, and we were intrigued by some of the more unique choices: crabby mac & cheese, sun dried tomato taco salad, Gorgonzola steak bites and a pork flat iron, to name a few. It was hard to choose which direction to go.
Also of note: There is also a new “3 for me” menu in which you can choose an appetizer, an entree, and a dessert from a limited menu for $12. And maybe “limited” isn’t the right word, because there are 11 entree options, from a mushroom smoked Gouda burger to steak medallions to Sriracha bourbon pulled pork to choose from.
Ultimately, we went the regular menu route. We started off by ordering a small basket of onion frills to share, which comes with a light ranch dipping sauce. If you’ve never tried these, they are hands down the best onion frills on the planet, period. Onions are sliced thinly and lightly fried, then served with a light ranch dipping sauce, and the flavor is out of this world. (The small basket was probably enough to feed four or more by itself, so be wary of that if you decide to order the large.)
Next, we shared the french onion soup and a salad. The soup was nicely seasoned and not too salty, topped with the usual croutons and a thick layer of cheese, while the salad was crisp and fresh, with plenty of vegetables on top.
I have to say that even at this point, we were both feeling more than a little on the full side, but our main courses to share were still to come.
My husband ordered 2510’s Monday special — the Mountaineer – a sirloin steak, ordered medium rare, served with Texas toast and, well, more onion frills. We realize now that we probably could have made a better choice for more variety, but at the time, we didn’t really care. And who could say no to more onion frills, anyway? The petite cut, at $15.99, was a steal, and was enough that we had leftovers to take home for lunch the next day.
The steak, when it arrived, was both tender and perfectly prepared. We don’t even want to think about how much fat and how many calories were loaded onto that plate, but it sure tasted great. Totally worth it.
Now, typically, my go-to at 2510 is the nutty chicken salad, which I buy frequently in the 2510 deli. But this time I wanted to try something different, so I opted for the Gorgonzola Steak Flatbread: Tenderloin steak, mushrooms, red onions, mozzarella and Gorgonzola cheese on a flatbread crust with a creamy garlic sauce ($8.99).
To us, a flatbread is usually a thin, crisp crust with lighter toppings. This version was thicker, almost a pizza crust, but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. In fact, I don’t know that a thinner crust would have held up so well with such hearty toppings, and the flavor was simply delicious.
Here, too, the serving size was more than adequate (and yes, I had the leftovers for breakfast this morning, too.)
At this point, we were too stuffed for dessert, but if you haven’t ever tried the 2510 carrot cake or celebration cake, you’re truly missing out on something special.
Our verdict? 2510 is still a winner, after decades of serving food to hungry Wausau customers. There’s a reason this restaurant is still popular, year after year.
Be sure to put it on your go-to list.
2510 is located at 2510 Stewart Avenue in Wausau.
- Hours Of Operation:
- Sunday – Thursday: 11AM – 9PM
- Friday & Saturday: 11AM – 10PM
- Deli Hours:
- Monday – Thursday: 7AM – 7PM
- Friday: 7AM – 9PM
- Saturday: 8AM – 8PM
- Sunday: 8AM – 7PM
Delivery is available through 715Delivery.
Editor’s Note: This unbiased review is sponsored by 715Delivery, which offers delivery from Wasabi and a variety of other Wausau-area restaurants.