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RE: Minnesota Fried Walleye Sandwich 2006/04/24 16:52:28 (permalink)
Our NHRA team races in Minnesota each August in Brainerd, MN.

We always have a walleye dinner at the Black Bear which is just south of the race track. Walleye is brown crispy and tasty and white.

In my opinion, Brainerd is what Minnesota is all about. Beautiful lakes everywhere and walleye is king.

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RE: Minnesota Fried Walleye Sandwich 2006/04/29 20:43:54 (permalink)
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Our NHRA team races in Minnesota each August in Brainerd, MN.

We always have a walleye dinner at the Black Bear which is just south of the race track. Walleye is brown crispy and tasty and white.

In my opinion, Brainerd is what Minnesota is all about. Beautiful lakes everywhere and walleye is king.

Paul E. Smith
Knoxville, TN

The Brainerd lakes area now has more golf course holes than lakes. The area is over run with expensive homes with mowed grass one could not call a northwoods cabin though there is one totally private lake up there totally surrounded by over 440 acres backed up to a state forest managed by an association of nine owners, one of whom is my wife's cousin. We occassionally get up there to visit.

My idea of what Minnesota is all about is the more primitive Boundary Waters Canoe Area, the North Shore and the Gunflint Trail. From Minneapolis it is nearly a 5 hour drive but worth every minute.
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RE: Minnesota Fried Walleye Sandwich 2006/04/30 13:08:56 (permalink)
DavyD, everyone has an opinion about whatever they wish and I respect your thoughts about Brainerd. My opinion about Brainerd is that it is pretty, nicely maintained, touristy, good food, good racing and until they remove the race track, I will continue visiting.

I agree about the Boundary waters. I have been there and it is pretty and remote. We do not race there. I have traveled through there several times on my trip from Michigan to Minneapolis via around Superior.

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RE: Minnesota Fried Walleye Sandwich 2006/04/30 21:08:17 (permalink)
Paul,

Brainerd is fast going private with old fashion cabin resorts being edged out left and right. It is just not my idea of Minnesota and not why I moved here. On the plus side it does not have nearly as many water parks as the Wisconsin Dells.

I never went to the Brainerd race track in all the years I've lived up here in Minnesota. I always go back to Indianapolis. I was there for the first National drag race held at Indianapolis Raceway Park. One year I managed to get Jack Brabham, Rodger Ward and Don Garlits to autograph my ticket while they were all standing around together talking. Ward was my neighbor.

To keep on track with road food, I sold pizza there out of a trailer at Indianapolis Raceway Park when I was in high school. Also, back then I ate catfish instead of walleye.
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RE: Minnesota Fried Walleye Sandwich 2006/04/30 23:27:48 (permalink)
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To keep on track with road food, I sold pizza there out of a trailer at Indianapolis Raceway Park when I was in high school. Also, back then I ate catfish instead of walleye.
Davy, surely you're not implying that one cannot enjoy catfish and walleye, as I am living proof one can do both. While I am a lover of your state's favorite fish, I also know the pleasures of a deep fried whole catfish that has curled up into a moist and tender horseshoe. Both are darn good eating! Please, let there be no further disparaging remarks about this most tasty of bottom feeders.

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RE: Minnesota Fried Walleye Sandwich 2006/05/01 21:54:51 (permalink)
Buddy, I was not disparaging catfish. I still eat it but where I live the walleye rules. In fact when I lived in Indianapolis we would often drive 40 miles out into the country to a little town called Colfax just to have a fried catfish dinner. It was the best that I can remember. It was just difficult driving back after a couple of beers.
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RE: Minnesota Fried Walleye Sandwich 2006/05/01 23:11:14 (permalink)
Well alright then. All is forgiven. Let's make up over a whole mess o' catfish and a smattering of Walleye.

Speaking of which, we're gonna be sampling Barbecue Sauce this week at a mess o' Kowalski stores; you gonna come out and see us? I'll post the full schedule on Tuesday on the "Roadhouse Bar-B-Que Sauce Summer 2006" tour thread.

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RE: Minnesota Fried Walleye Sandwich 2006/05/06 10:43:20 (permalink)
Update. Culver's is still serving the Walleye sandwich. It did not end with Lent. I had one last night and I must say for what is considered fast food it holds its own against anyone. It was pretty darn good.
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RE: Minnesota Fried Walleye Sandwich 2006/05/14 18:15:35 (permalink)
Walleye is all the rage right now in Minnesota with the fishing opener this weekend and the re-opening of Red Lake to walleye fishing. Here is a recipe the StarTribune printed by Bob Lessard, a state legislature and environmentalist. Here is the story...

http://www.startribune.com/531/story/427240.html

and here is the recipe...

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Last update: May 11, 2006 – 5:42 PM

Lessard's walleye recipe

Ingredients
Walleye (or other fish) fillets

1 cup flour

2 teaspoons salt

1 teaspoon garlic salt

1 teaspoon lemon pepper

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 cup beer

1 or 2 eggs, as desired

Directions

• Combine eggs and beer, then mix in dry ingredients. Stir. Batter is too thick if it sticks to a finger without dripping slightly, too thin if it runs off altogether. Adjust in either case by adding more beer or more flour.

• Prepare fillets by cutting them in half. Important: Dry the fish on paper towels so the batter sticks to them. Dip fish in batter.

• Using oil of your choice, deep fry until golden brown (either in a deep fryer or deep skillet).

• Batter won't spoil and can be reused if refrigerated. "The next day when you look at it in the refrigerator, it won't look very good," retired state Sen. Bob Lessard said. "But just stir it, again adding more beer or flour as necessary for desired thickness."

©2006 Star Tribune. All rights reserved.
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RE: Minnesota Fried Walleye Sandwich 2006/05/14 18:21:36 (permalink)
DavyD, I am not in Minnesota but i will be in way upper Wisconsin next week end. I will definately do the whitefish but I hope to enjoy a great walleye in that area.

When I am in Brainerd for the NHRA races, I always enjoy the Black Bear located just south of the track for some great walleye.

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RE: Minnesota Fried Walleye Sandwich 2006/05/14 18:56:52 (permalink)
I will be visiting Victoria, MN. in a couple of weeks. Where can I get a good walleye sandwich? Please suggest some other favorite eateries in the area.
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RE: Minnesota Fried Walleye Sandwich 2006/05/14 21:46:28 (permalink)
Bobs,

Victoria is on the southwest end of Lake Minnetonka. The closest place to enjoy a good walleye sandwich and enjoy what Minnesota has best to offer is Maynard's in Excelsior just a couple of mlles to your east. Maynard's a restaurant right on the shore of Lake Minnetonka's Excelsior Bay. The walleye sandwich proved to be rather good but the atmosphere of being able to sit outside on the wharf and watch the pleasure boating traffic adds to the pleasure. With that walleye sandwich I recommend a draft pour of Minnesota's Summit Pale Ale.

If you are going to get out and about there are two other places. The Mall of America seems to be a destination for out of towners because of its uniqueness. So, if you manage to go there you can't go wrong with the Twin City Grill there for a walleye sandwich. If you can make it over to St. Paul, Tavern on Grand, on Grand Avenue naturally is THE place for a walleye sandwich. Maynard's, Tavern on Grand and the Twin Cities Grill I can personally vouch for.

There very well may be others. Just to the west of Victoria is Waconia and Nancy's Landing right on the shore of Lake Waconia but I don't know if they have a walleye sandwich on the menu. I had an all you can eat special of breaded sunnies, crappies and bluegills at Nancy's Landing. There is a restaurant right in Victoria, forget the name, that might have a walleye sandwich.

Keep in mind, I think all these walleyes are actually Canadian Walleye. Not that that is bad but if you can get up in the resort areas of northern Minnesota you might get the opportunity to actually eat local fresh catch. Sundancer7 may very well get that opportunity up in Brainerd. Canada can still be commercially fished. Minnesota is strictly a sports fishing state with exception of some Native American tribal waters.
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RE: Minnesota Fried Walleye Sandwich 2006/05/15 18:56:26 (permalink)
Davydd- I appreciate the suggestions and will provide a report when I get back. Sounds great and I am ready to enjoy!
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RE: Minnesota Fried Walleye Sandwich 2006/05/18 12:09:52 (permalink)
I agree that the walleye sandwich at Maynard's is up there with the best. Excelsior is a nice destination for a couple hours, too. Quaint little 150-year old village on the shores of Lake Minnetonka. Lots of shops and people watching. Rumor has it that an upscale Irish Pub with a high-end dinner menu will also open in Excelsior this summer.

After finishing your sandwich, don't order dessert. Instead, be sure to take a stroll to either Adele's (custard) or Lick's (homemade ice cream) to top off your visit. Both are a nice short walk from Maynard's and give you a nice, local dessert.

There is also a place up in Brainerd that serves a great Walleye sandwich. It is called the Black Bear Lodge. Worth finding if you are in that area.
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RE: Minnesota Fried Walleye Sandwich 2006/05/18 18:54:37 (permalink)
The Irish Pub coming to Excelsior ths summer will be Jake O'Connor's located at the old Ace Hardware store building at 2nd St. and Water St. I don't think it will be that upscale. The owner is also the owner of O'Donovan's Irish Pub across from the Target Center in Minneapols. I would imagine it will be similar. We will have to wait and see.
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RE: Minnesota Fried Walleye Sandwich 2006/09/17 08:19:39 (permalink)
I've been neglectful of the Walleye Sandwich while in my pursuit of the breaded pork tenderloin sandwich. Actually, I have had a few but without camera in hand. So last night we ventured to Haskell's Port'o'call on the corner of Lake Street and Water Street. We sat outside overlooking Lake Minnetonka's Excelsior Bay and the party boat dock and I remembered the camera. We have precious few days left this year in Minnesota to sit outside. Haskell's is a local chain of liquor stores specializing in wine. This Haskell's has an attached on sale bar that I would say is strictly that, no frills and mostly bar food of hamburgers and fried stuff, but no pork tenderloin sandwich. They do have a half dozen chicken sandwiches to choose from and a good variety of appetizers (mostly fried). The sandwich is about norm for bar food in Minnesota. The fries were pretty good.


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RE: Minnesota Fried Walleye Sandwich 2006/09/30 11:41:29 (permalink)
We tried another grill last night, The Pine Street Grill in the old Chaska Mill. Chaska is a town about 30 miles southwest of Minneapolis but just a few miles direct south of us on the Minnesota River. The Pine Street Grill is your standard local bar/grill in a small town with a standard set of sandwiches, burgers, pasta and pizza. My wife ordered a Rachel that was too big to eat in one setting for her. I had the Walleye sandwich on the hoagie. While you wait for your food they give you a basket of homemade potato chips. They were hard to not eat. The Walleye sandwich was very good, BTW.

In the continuing pursuit of Minnesota's Walleye sandwich in the absence of a pork tenderloin sandwich, here it is...

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RE: Minnesota Fried Walleye Sandwich 2006/09/30 15:04:24 (permalink)
Davydd, we don't have fish sandwiches like that out west here. That is truly a thing of beauty. I envy you.
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RE: Minnesota Fried Walleye Sandwich 2006/10/21 20:07:41 (permalink)
This week we switch to the good ol' walleye sandwich and give the pork tenderloins a rest after eating the world's largest in St. Olaf, IA. We ventured out to Mound, MN on Lake Minnetonka to Al & Almas. If the name sounds familiar maybe you remember the Minnesota Vikings love boat fiasco last year on one of their cruise boats. Al & Almas puts their boat fleet to bed in October and the friendly small restaurant takes over in the limelight. It is truly a neighborhood place tucked away in a primarily residential area--very unusual in Minnesota suburbs. The walleye was tasty as always. The choice of potato salad was a switch the usual fries. The potato salad was made exactly the way I like it with hard boiled eggs mixed in.

Here is the sandwich served by the way with Red Hook Autumn Ale on tap.

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RE: Minnesota Fried Walleye Sandwich 2006/12/18 22:55:43 (permalink)
I believe the Twin City Grill at the Mall of America has been discussed numerous times here and elsewhere in Roadfood.com. I guess it is about time we got the goods out there for a view. So here is the Twin City Grill Walleye sandwich.

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RE: Minnesota Fried Walleye Sandwich 2006/12/18 23:11:47 (permalink)
These fish sandwiches look delicious! Thanks for the pix. Question, please. I've never had the pleasure of eating a walleye sandwich but have enjoyed many sandwiches featuring fresh cod, swordfish and haddock. I've also had excellent grouper sandwiches in FL. Do any of these stack up to walleye? Similarities?
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RE: Minnesota Fried Walleye Sandwich 2006/12/19 16:22:18 (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.




Sounds like the place is Wall to Wall Walleye.
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RE: Minnesota Fried Walleye Sandwich 2006/12/19 17:58:57 (permalink)
Thanks for the great ideas on walleye sandwich. I can validate that the Pine Street restaurant in Chaska makes a good one.

By the way, Jake O'Connor's Irish Pub is now open in Excelsior. It is certainly upscale, very nice, a great place for a meal. Probably a great place for a drink as well, but strikes me more as a restaurant first and a pub 2nd. Beautifully decorated. Check it out.

It has nothing to do with a Walleye sandwich, but since Jake O'Connor's had been referenced earlier, I thought I would circle back.
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RE: Minnesota Fried Walleye Sandwich 2006/12/19 19:11:41 (permalink)
Jake O'Connor's wants to try to stay true to Irish food I think. I tried to get them interested in a breaded pork tenderloin sandwich and even sent them pictures of a Muldoon's, Carmel, IN and Billy O'Neal's, Indianapolis, IN tenderloin.

I noticed they were open Saturday night but we attended Christmas parties both Friday and Saturday and did not get a chance to stop in. I would rather it be a pub more than a restaurant that tries to go upscale. O'Donovan's (downtown Minneapolis same owner) is just about right. I did find a new as of last August Irish pub in Maple Plain on County Rd 19 and US 12. It is called McGarry's. I enjoyed it.
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RE: Minnesota Fried Walleye Sandwich 2006/12/19 19:34:02 (permalink)
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These fish sandwiches look delicious! Thanks for the pix. Question, please. I've never had the pleasure of eating a walleye sandwich but have enjoyed many sandwiches featuring fresh cod, swordfish and haddock. I've also had excellent grouper sandwiches in FL. Do any of these stack up to walleye? Similarities?

If you ask a Minnesotan, the walleye is better. They are all a fairly mild white meat. You should add catfish to that bunch for a better comparison of fresh water fish. What sets any fish sandwich apart from the rest is how fresh it is. Maybe the best fried fish I ever had was the dolphin I caught and ate the same day that my mother fried up in Florida. Freshwater fish that you can cook up right away for a shore lunch can't be beat. That includes sunnies, bluegills and crappies.
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RE: Minnesota Fried Walleye Sandwich 2006/12/20 11:00:00 (permalink)
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Originally posted by Ciaoman

These fish sandwiches look delicious! Thanks for the pix. Question, please. I've never had the pleasure of eating a walleye sandwich but have enjoyed many sandwiches featuring fresh cod, swordfish and haddock. I've also had excellent grouper sandwiches in FL. Do any of these stack up to walleye? Similarities?

If you ask a Minnesotan, the walleye is better. They are all a fairly mild white meat. You should add catfish to that bunch for a better comparison of fresh water fish. What sets any fish sandwich apart from the rest is how fresh it is. Maybe the best fried fish I ever had was the dolphin I caught and ate the same day that my mother fried up in Florida. Freshwater fish that you can cook up right away for a shore lunch can't be beat. That includes sunnies, bluegills and crappies.


Carful there, Davydd. Better to call it Dorado or Mahi Mahi or folks will think you ate Flipper!

You're right though, it is an exqusite tasting fish whether it's broiled, baked, fried or grilled. Four hours from us is Puerto Penasco, MX on the Sea of Cortez. Whenever I am down it's either that or the great shrimp, both of which were pulled from the water only hours before.
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RE: Minnesota Fried Walleye Sandwich 2006/12/20 11:05:43 (permalink)
Great pictures by the way...that Pine Street Grill entry looks absolutely awesome! I might be up to Minnesota in January ( need to remind myself that this global warming thing is a bunch of hooey ), brother lives down in Red Wing. I may spend a day in the Twin Cities just to try a couple of your Walleye and Pork Tenderloin suggestions.
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RE: Minnesota Fried Walleye Sandwich 2006/12/21 22:07:25 (permalink)
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Thanks for the great ideas on walleye sandwich. I can validate that the Pine Street restaurant in Chaska makes a good one.

By the way, Jake O'Connor's Irish Pub is now open in Excelsior. It is certainly upscale, very nice, a great place for a meal. Probably a great place for a drink as well, but strikes me more as a restaurant first and a pub 2nd. Beautifully decorated. Check it out.

It has nothing to do with a Walleye sandwich, but since Jake O'Connor's had been referenced earlier, I thought I would circle back.

I made it to Jake O'Connor's tonight. Nada on the walleye and the pork tenderloin sandwich. You are right. It is a restaurant but yet it has two bars and certainly a great pub feel. We got there at 5:40 PM usually a time when you can always get a seat and they said not until 7:30 was there an opening. So we went to the lower level where the widescreen TVs were and a more informal place. There they only served off the starters (appetiizers) page of the menu. We settled for that with an order of crab cakes and mini tenderloin (beef) sandwiches. The food was excellent. The mini tenderloins amounted to three with buns about the size of a White Castle burger. The place is a tad pricey but I will go back.
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RE: Minnesota Fried Walleye Sandwich 2006/12/22 10:24:07 (permalink)
Great to hear your impression of Jake O'Connor's. It is a bit pricey, but in my opinion that actually vills a better niche for the Excelsior area. There are already plenty of places around to grab a burger and a cheap beer.

2 hour wait on a Thursday night??? Now that is a nice way to start your business!

Hazelwood Tap and Grille has really impressed us as well, but I haven't look to see if there is a Walleye Sandwich.
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RE: Minnesota Fried Walleye Sandwich 2006/12/22 12:09:29 (permalink)
Davyyd, enough with the pictures already! You are making me want to eat my monitor! My hubby orders walleye a lot when we go out. He really likes it at the Upper Deck in Forest Lake. I love their Juicy Lucy.

What is it with Floridians and their love of ocean fish? I can see having a taste for the ocean fish, but they seem to ignore the freshwater fish. We stayed with some friends in Naples and my husband and son caught a large amount of crappies on a fresh water lake. (Imolokee?) Later that night we had an old-fashioned fish fry at the house and neighbors were just raving and having a heck of a good time. From what I understood, they had never tried fresh water fish, unless you count catfish.
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