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RE: Minnesota Fried Walleye Sandwich 2006/01/26 04:47:23 (permalink)
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Grand Ave. Tavern in St. Paul, MN. Best dang walleye I ever ate. They serve it either fried or broiled. Had it both ways. Broiled is good, fried is better. Nice little place, in a nice area. If you're in the Twin Cities and you want walleye, this is a must visit.

OK, it is time for a tasty update. I did stop in at the Tavern on Grand in St. Paul, MN and sampled their deep fried walleye sandwich. You can also get it grilled. You can also get an entree dinner of walleye and you can also get a walleye appetizer. In other words, they got walleye and it is dang good. It could be the best. Here it is. Enjoy.


This looks so good!
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RE: Minnesota Fried Walleye Sandwich 2006/01/26 14:56:13 (permalink)
I passed my local Culvers and the marque sign out front said Walleye is back, is it a seasonal thing?
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RE: Minnesota Fried Walleye Sandwich 2006/01/26 15:20:49 (permalink)
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Paul,

I am very familiar with the Twin City Grill and the Mall of America. I spent three years of my life as an architect helping create that huge mall. The next time I go down there I will check out the Twin City Grill again.


My father-in-law was the Port Authority attorney on the Mall of America project and negotiated the deal with the Ghermazian brothers. He was also a Bloomington city councilman along and was a good friend of Jim Lindau's. When I was in college there, I used to work at the Thunderbird Motel.

Been to Tavern-On-Grand many times (love it) and used to frequent it back when it was Scanlan's Bar for some Harp and a shot of Jameson's. My roommate was a bartender there.

Another way that we fried walleye up in Canada was with a very light coating of Cinnamon Crisp cereal which was different but quite good
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RE: Minnesota Fried Walleye Sandwich 2006/01/26 15:36:25 (permalink)
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I passed my local Culvers and the marque sign out front said Walleye is back, is it a seasonal thing?

It may be at Culvers. The only way walleye would be considered seasonal would have to do with boats not being able to get out on the lakes because of ice.
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RE: Minnesota Fried Walleye Sandwich 2006/01/26 19:57:31 (permalink)
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I passed my local Culvers and the marque sign out front said Walleye is back, is it a seasonal thing?

It may be at Culvers. The only way walleye would be considered seasonal would have to do with boats not being able to get out on the lakes because of ice.

I can't figure out how that could be the reason if Walleye is back now. The lakes have been frozen over. Walleye is commercially netted so fishing can go on throughout the Winter. Then there are all those crazy anglers sitting on 5 gallon buckets out on the ice to catch them. I suspect it is more a promotional thing to keep inerest up. I will have to check this weekend.
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RE: Minnesota Fried Walleye Sandwich 2006/01/26 20:01:08 (permalink)
Speaking of the Mall of America and fishing, the newspaper said Bass Pro may be coming to the Mall of America Phase II expansion with a 300,000 sf store.

I checked out the Twin City Grill Sunday. They have a Walleye sandwich on the menu. In fact I now remember I had one there a couple of times.
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RE: Minnesota Fried Walleye Sandwich 2006/01/27 21:08:23 (permalink)
The Walleye sandwich is indeed back at Culvers. It was on their special board but not on the main permanent board. I had one tonight and it tasted pretty darn good. Since there are now Culvers out and about in states that typically don't have Walleye I suggest if you are in one of those areas you go to a Culvers and try one. Personally I think they are better than catfish and definitely better than the generic cod many restaurants serve as a fish sandwich.
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RE: Minnesota Fried Walleye Sandwich 2006/03/04 20:32:14 (permalink)
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Culvers was serving Walleye sandwiches earlier this past summer but quit recently. I was told it was only a special at the time.

There is fresh local Walleye, Canadian Walleye and also imported Zander from Europe. Sometimes you don't really know what you are getting. Most commercial Walleye sold in the US is Canadian. Some better restaurants in Minnesota will serve fresh Minnesota Walleye in season.

I wouldn't turn catfish down either. Both are good but you will rarely find catfish served in Minnesota. My all-time favorite catfish dinner was in Colfax, IN about midway between Indianapolis and Lafayette. I understand that restaurant is no longer in business.


CULVER'S ARE SERVING THEM AGAIN.
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RE: Minnesota Fried Walleye Sandwich 2006/03/04 22:55:52 (permalink)
I can't believe I neglected my own thread after encouraging people to see it. We went back to the Narrows Saloon in Navarre (Orono), MN near the middle of Lake Minnetonka and sampled the fried walleye sandwiches again. The taste was not quite as tangy as before with the habenero crust. This was back in the middle of January. Here is the web site and my sandwich photo.

Web site with posted menus: http://www.thenarrowssaloon.com/index.html

Narrows Saloon Walleye
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RE: Minnesota Fried Walleye Sandwich 2006/03/04 23:42:12 (permalink)
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I passed my local Culvers and the marque sign out front said Walleye is back, is it a seasonal thing?

It may be at Culvers. The only way walleye would be considered seasonal would have to do with boats not being able to get out on the lakes because of ice.


From what I was told at Culver's it seasonal because they put it on the menu not too long before lent and then take it off a short time after lent.

I think alot of fast food places does this, McDonalds does it with their eggnog shakes and their shamrock shakes.
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RE: Minnesota Fried Walleye Sandwich 2006/03/05 15:01:50 (permalink)
Culver's had the walleye sandwich back just after the first of the year in January and Lent just started last week. I don't see how that would be tied to Lent. I can understand promoting fish during Lent but Culver's already had a fish sandwich on the menu. The Culver's TV ads heated up recently with the teaser the Walleye sandwich special might not be around too much longer. It could end well before Easter. If it does, that theory is out.

I think, they being a Wisconsin based company where the annual Spring fishing opener is BIG, that it is more a prelude promotion to that annual rite in an area where Walleye is the king of fish. Or it could be they just like to vary their menu to keep it fresh and interesting with a reliable anticipatory schedule much like retail stores do with their special sales.
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RE: Minnesota Fried Walleye Sandwich 2006/03/05 15:41:01 (permalink)
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Culver's had the walleye sandwich back just after the first of the year in January and Lent just started last week. I don't see how that would be tied to Lent. I can understand promoting fish during Lent but Culver's already had a fish sandwich on the menu. The Culver's TV ads heated up recently with the teaser the Walleye sandwich special might not be around too much longer. It could end well before Easter. If it does, that theory is out.

I think, they being a Wisconsin based company where the annual Spring fishing opener is BIG, that it is more a prelude promotion to that annual rite in an area where Walleye is the king of fish. Or it could be they just like to vary their menu to keep it fresh and interesting with a reliable anticipatory schedule much like retail stores do with their special sales.


I guess the mamager at Culver's was lying to me.
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RE: Minnesota Fried Walleye Sandwich 2006/03/05 18:01:28 (permalink)
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Originally posted by garryd451I guess the mamager at Culver's was lying to me.


Lying might be a stretch. It could be he had no idea and was speculating just as we are and the closer you get to Lent the more plausible it seems. The walleye sandwich special started in January and Lent started in March this year. It doesn't compute for me.
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RE: Minnesota Fried Walleye Sandwich 2006/03/05 18:05:41 (permalink)
I am flying to the Twin Cities this Wednesday. I look forward to having a walleye sandwich at the Twin Cities Grill at the mall of America. It may be a mall restaurant but it has been there a long time and the food is very good.

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RE: Minnesota Fried Walleye Sandwich 2006/03/05 18:18:08 (permalink)

At the risk of being told this is off-topic... Will someone please enlighten me as to what specie of fish is used in the traditional Great Lakes Fish Boil. I always thought it would be a fish that was popular in the Great Lakes Area...namely Walleye??
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RE: Minnesota Fried Walleye Sandwich 2006/03/05 18:24:24 (permalink)
I have had the fish boil in Wisconsin, Michigan and Ontario Canada as I drove around Lake Superior. There may be other fish used but every time I have had it, they used white fish.

http://www.whitegullinn.com/fishboil.htm

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RE: Minnesota Fried Walleye Sandwich 2006/03/05 18:49:03 (permalink)
Sundancer is right, it's Great Lakes white fish.......when I lived there, only allowed to be caught by the Native Americans still living and fishing on Lake Michigan. At the Grand Traverse Resort we bought all of our walleye and whitefish from the Natives.

Paul, enjoy your walleye sandwich....it's been many years since I've had one!
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RE: Minnesota Fried Walleye Sandwich 2006/03/05 18:52:55 (permalink)
Al,

Walleye is a popular Lake Erie fish in northern Ohio but not so much in other Great Lakes that I have heard of. It might be Walleye but Sundancer is right I think. White fish is probably a more popular choice out of the Great Lakes for a fish boil. That's true as well on the North Shore in Minnesota on Lake Superior. If Walleye they would not treat it generically. White fish is also a good meal. I would not turn it down.

Sundancer,

The Twin Cities Grill at the Mall of America is a good choice for a Walleye sandwich. Enjoy. I will be going back there soon myself.
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RE: Minnesota Fried Walleye Sandwich 2006/03/09 15:20:55 (permalink)
I ate at the Twin City Grill in Minneapolis at the Mall of America last evening. I had a super walleye sandwich with their special fries and coleslaw. It was $11.00 plus tip. It was very good with a nice brown crust. The bread was super and their tartar was very different. I cannot tell you the ingredients but I certainly enjoyed it.

They serve a complimentary flat bread before each meal.

The Mall of America is certainly a entertaining place. I have been there before but each time I am amazed at the huge size.

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RE: Minnesota Fried Walleye Sandwich 2006/03/09 19:33:28 (permalink)
Sundancer, your meal sounds delicious. We are big fish eaters and while we enjoy our salmon, halibut, cod and other fish we cannot get any fresh-water fish like pike, walleye or whitefish.

Next time I'm flying through Minneapolis I'll have to take time out to go to The Mall and have one of those sandwiches!
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RE: Minnesota Fried Walleye Sandwich 2006/03/09 20:49:30 (permalink)
Sundancer,

Great to hear you made it to the Mall of America. I'm glad the Twin City Grill turned out well for you.

The Mall was a project I worked on for three years to help make it happen. It was quite a rewarding experience. If you think it huge, I wish you could have seen it when it was under construction, enclosed, but without any interior walls up yet. You could stand at one end and look across a half mile to the other side. There are also over 7 miles of 20 foot high concrete retaining walls in the lower levels that no one has access to but staff. Below the mall is quite a labyrinth. Yes it is huge.
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RE: Minnesota Fried Walleye Sandwich 2006/03/09 21:35:35 (permalink)
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At the risk of being told this is off-topic... Will someone please enlighten me as to what specie of fish is used in the traditional Great Lakes Fish Boil. I always thought it would be a fish that was popular in the Great Lakes Area...namely Walleye??

It's not off topic. But then, you're the moderator. I'm used to having lake trout in fish boils, but sometimes people use whitefish. You don't waste good walleye by boiling it.
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RE: Minnesota Fried Walleye Sandwich 2006/03/09 21:48:17 (permalink)
I've never heard of walleye being used for a fish boil; only whitefish.
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RE: Minnesota Fried Walleye Sandwich 2006/03/11 12:24:41 (permalink)
Getting back on track with Walleye sandwiches, here is a Culver's fried Walleye sandwich that we have discussed at length in this thread. I figure a picture is a good point of reference.

Culver's Walleye Sandwich
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RE: Minnesota Fried Walleye Sandwich 2006/03/11 12:27:58 (permalink)
Davydd: That pic sure looks good to me. Too bad we do not have a Culvers in Knoxville.

Walleye is one of my favorite fishes and I sure do enjoy a walleye sandwich.

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RE: Minnesota Fried Walleye Sandwich 2006/03/11 15:35:02 (permalink)
I guess they don't ship Walleye to us in the east, wouldn't mind trying it. Maybe we should force their hand and refuse to ship lobsters out there. Chow Jim
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RE: Minnesota Fried Walleye Sandwich 2006/03/11 15:42:17 (permalink)
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I guess they don't ship Walleye to us in the east, wouldn't mind trying it. Maybe we should force their hand and refuse to ship lobsters out there. Chow Jim

Why don't you get your walleye the same way we get ours in Ohio. We fish for them. By the way, I did see walleye for sale at a Stop & Shop in Connecticut a few years ago.
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RE: Minnesota Fried Walleye Sandwich 2006/04/14 23:04:59 (permalink)
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I guess they don't ship Walleye to us in the east, wouldn't mind trying it. Maybe we should force their hand and refuse to ship lobsters out there. Chow Jim

Most Walleye in restaurants is actually commercially fished in Canada. The European cousin, Zander, is often imported and palmed off as Walleye in restaurants. Minnesota took restaurants to task over this practice. I would say if you don't have them on the menu out east it is because it might not be a commonly stocked fish in your lakes thus little desire and demand for it, not because it is not readily available. In Minnesota if you can catch it on your favorite lake in the summer you will want to continue eating it consistently in the winter. Not all Minnesotans ice fish. Just the crazy ones.

In the east most likely the equivalent is going to be a breaded cod filet. I had one in Worcester, MA in February. We even get that frequently in Minnesota along with Whitefish near the great lakes. In the south the equivalent most frequently will be a breaded catfish filet. I like them all but Walleye has a special taste, especially if it is fresh. But tonight I had all you can eat coconut breaded sunnies, crappies and bluegills at Nancy's Landing in Waconia, MN.
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RE: Minnesota Fried Walleye Sandwich 2006/04/21 20:36:41 (permalink)
Right in my backyard--a really good fried walleye sandwich. We went to Maynard's in Excelsior, MN tonight and I had a walleye sandwich with waffle fries. Presentation was great. Taste was great. The view of Lake Minnetonka was superb. Dang! I forgot my camera (much to my wife's usual embarrassed relief) so did not get a picture to post. You will have to take my word for it.

Quaffed down a 25 oz Guinness draft with the sandwich. The sandwich came on a baguette hoagie kind of bun with shredded lettuce, tartar sauce and cheddar cheese. I wasn't thinking walleye going in and I knew they had no breaded pork tenderloin sandwich so was unprepared to offer up the photo evidence. If you want to see where just Google Earth "Excelsior, MN" and look on the south end of Excelsior Bay for the restaurant. Life is good because we may put the boat in the water yet this weekend and the next trip will be by boat to Maynard's docks. So if you come to Minnesota and want a taste of what Minnesota is all about, I recommend Maynard's maybe more so than Tavern on Grand in St. Paul or the Twin Cities Grill at the Mall of America.
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RE: Minnesota Fried Walleye Sandwich 2006/04/24 15:38:46 (permalink)
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Right in my backyard--a really good fried walleye sandwich. We went to Maynard's in Excelsior, MN tonight and I had a walleye sandwich with waffle fries....So if you come to Minnesota and want a taste of what Minnesota is all about, I recommend Maynard's maybe more so than Tavern on Grand in St. Paul or the Twin Cities Grill at the Mall of America.
Wow! Quite a statement Davy! As it happens, we are making our first trip of the year up to the Twin Cities on May 4-7. We might just take you up on this challenge. As you know we are big fans of Tavern on Grand, but always willing to try something new.

If we manage to get over there, I'll be sure to post and let you know what we think.

Thanks for the tip,

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