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RE: Minnesota Fried Walleye Sandwich 2006/12/22 13:46:11 (permalink)
Hazellwood does not have fried walleye sandwich either. If they had I would have certainly had a picture up here. Maynard's does have one and it is pretty good.

Neesie, I don't begrudge Floridians, Bostonians, San Franciscans, etc. their seafood. They at least have the opportunity to get it fresh. Having lived in Newport, R. I. once for three years I have a difficult time getting excited over seafood in Minnesota. Sure, some restaurants are good but nothing to rave about. There is a major difference to me between fresh catch same day in restaurants on the wharf and fresh catch flown in from somewhere even on the same day. Fish of any kind, fresh or sea, does not age well. It's not beef.
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RE: Minnesota Fried Walleye Sandwich 2006/12/22 14:22:37 (permalink)
I agree completely on the catch-of-the day thing. That is why even mediocre restaurants in Minnesota can produce a pretty darn good Walleye sandwich. And that is why it is always a good idea to get a side of Wild Rice soup with that sandwich. Whenever there has been a fresh harvest of wild rice up north, all the restaurants make a few batches, and it is spectacular.

When I was in the pacific NW, I always ordered salmon. But in the southeast, I found myself getting Grouper or Shrimp. It is all about the local delicacies.

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RE: Minnesota Fried Walleye Sandwich 2007/04/06 21:59:33 (permalink)
Time for another walleye sandwich update and a respite this week from breaded pork tenderloin sandwiches. We took in Maynard's Restaurant on Lake Minnetonka's Excelsior Bay in Excelsior, MN. Maynard's a popular restaurant on the lake with boat docking and with a large summertime dockside outdoor eating area. But on this day in April it was a very cold 25F and we stayed inside.

The walleye sandwich came on a hoagie bun with tartar sauce, shredded lettuce and melted cheddar cheese. Sides were a choice of chips or coldslaw. Sliced pickles were an accent. I ordered mine with a Smithwick's Irish ale.

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RE: Minnesota Fried Walleye Sandwich 2007/04/10 20:28:15 (permalink)
It was inevitable. I created a new website for Walleye Fish Sandwiches.

Another photo gallery with all the sandwiches together...

http://web.mac.com/davydd/iWeb/Site/Walleye%20Sandwiches.html
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RE: Minnesota Fried Walleye Sandwich 2007/04/21 11:06:11 (permalink)
This week's walleye sandwich is from the Victoria House Restaurant overlooking Steiger Lake in Victoria, Minnesota. Victoria is a exurbia community fast becoming a Minneapolis suburb southwest of Lake Minnetonka.

The sandwich is served with cheese, lettuce, tomato, tartar sauce, pickle and onion rings. French fries are another option.

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RE: Minnesota Fried Walleye Sandwich 2007/04/21 14:01:37 (permalink)
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Davydd Posted - 04/10/2007 : 20:28:15
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Another photo gallery with all the sandwiches together...

http://web.mac.com/davydd/iWeb/Site/Walleye%20Sandwiches.html


Dave.............. very nice website you have there................ I need to start something like that.
looking at your travel van
"Pleasure-Way Plateau Sprinter Camper Van"
I began to wonder what something like that would cost.$$$$$$$$$$$$
Linda and I have a Ford F150 econoline that we use for "on the road". Each and every night we use a Hotel/Motel............ no sleeping or eating in our van that would be rule no.#273454.9 .........
..............just coffee and an occasional cigar with windows open.........
your van looks....... like something I might like
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RE: Minnesota Fried Walleye Sandwich 2007/04/21 14:18:10 (permalink)
As usual, I got in on this thread late, but I think that I saw a post that said walleye weren't available in the "South."

Does Arkansas (albeit northern Arkansas) qualify as "South"?

I had a simply scrumptious walleye at Don Quixote's (sp?) in Calico Rock, Arkansas. The owner of the quaint little restaurant bragged that the fish had "just been caught" in the White River.

Well, I cannot verify where the walleye was caught, of course, BUT I can verify that the dinner was exceptionally good, and the fish was obviously fresh.

Obviously, one does NOT have to be lovable YANKEE to enjoy good walleye.

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RE: Minnesota Fried Walleye Sandwich 2007/04/21 14:26:33 (permalink)
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This week's walleye sandwich is from the Victoria House Restaurant overlooking Steiger Lake in Victoria, Minnesota. Victoria is a exurbia community fast becoming a Minneapolis suburb southwest of Lake Minnetonka.

The sandwich is served with cheese, lettuce, tomato, tartar sauce, pickle and onion rings. French fries are another option.





thats a great looking sandwich...how was it?


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RE: Minnesota Fried Walleye Sandwich 2007/04/21 16:42:07 (permalink)
Larry, The sandwich was actually very good. The cheese was plain old American cheese but was OK. The hoagie bun was fresh. They were sparse on the onion rings as you can see but they were just right as well. If we take the bicycle trail that goes right by the restaurant at a straight southwest angle this place is about 4 miles from our house. To drive it, it is about 8 miles because of all the winding roads around Lake Minnetonka and 90 degree road zig zags after. They serve pork tenderloin medallions for an entree dinner so I think I will work on them to add a pork tenderloin sandwich since they obviously have pork tenderloins.
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RE: Minnesota Fried Walleye Sandwich 2007/04/21 16:51:10 (permalink)
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Originally posted by sizz

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Davydd Posted - 04/10/2007 : 20:28:15
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Another photo gallery with all the sandwiches together...

http://web.mac.com/davydd/iWeb/Site/Walleye%20Sandwiches.html


Dave.............. very nice website you have there................ I need to start something like that.
looking at your travel van
"Pleasure-Way Plateau Sprinter Camper Van"
I began to wonder what something like that would cost.$$$$$$$$$$$$
Linda and I have a Ford F150 econoline that we use for "on the road". Each and every night we use a Hotel/Motel............ no sleeping or eating in our van that would be rule no.#273454.9 .........
..............just coffee and an occasional cigar with windows open.........
your van looks....... like something I might like

Sizz,

Those Sprinter Camper vans don't come cheap, but that's what banks are for. An average price is about $75,000. We got ours new a year old from a dealer getting out of the motorhome business so did a lot better than that. The Mercedes Benz diesel engine delivers 22 mpg plus. Our last fill up was 23.5 mpg so it is a really good touring van with a complete kitchen, bathroom, and queen size bed. I've dubbed it my breaded pork tenderloin sandwich pursuit vehicle. Next weekend we are going to drive 231 miles for a tenderloin and camp overnight nearby. We will be heading out mid May for our 2007 pork tenderloin sandwich pursuit that will mainly take us to Indiana but we will get as far as North Carolina and Virginia.

Here is a site to check out: http://www.pleasureway.com

There are a few other manufacturers. Check out Roadtrek, Leisure Travel Vans, Great West Vans, Sportsmobile and Airstream.
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RE: Minnesota Fried Walleye Sandwich 2007/04/21 16:56:52 (permalink)
Bungling Bill,

The walleye is mostly a cold water fish. Most all come from Canada that are served in restaurants. There are a few locally caught in Minnesota and Wisconsin near resort areas but the availablility is spotty. If a restaurant has walleye permanently on the menu it would have to be imported from Canada or it might be a cousin fish called Zander imported from Europe. Catfish is the southern equivalent and also very good. Catfish sandwiches start right at the Minnesota border passing into Iowa. It changes over that fast.
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RE: Minnesota Fried Walleye Sandwich 2007/04/21 17:26:17 (permalink)
I'm going to have to start checking me out some of these Walleye sandwiches and pork tenderloins. I live right on the Iowa/MN border.

I found myself looking at this rv the other day:
http://www.winnebagoind.com/products/winnebago/view/index.php
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RE: Minnesota Fried Walleye Sandwich 2007/04/22 15:33:24 (permalink)
Theedge,

I will be in Wellsburg, IA at the Townhouse Supper Club sampling the 2006 Iowa Pork Board winning breaded pork tenderloin sandwich Saturday night. C'mon over. I bet they have catfish on the menu too.

The Winnebago View is a Sprinter cab chassis but not a van. I looked at them but thought the C motorhome, which it is, was just a tad too big for touring and pursuing. The Sprinter van will fit where autos go. The View has to go with the trucks and motorhomes at the rest stops and Flying Js. I tried to get my wife interested in one but the first comment out of her mouth was we would have to tow a car. That I will not do. Maybe when we reach a point where we will think more in terms of going from home to destination and stopping for a while we would think of something bigger. Right now we probably will not spend more than two nights in one spot.
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RE: Minnesota Fried Walleye Sandwich 2007/06/27 21:57:07 (permalink)
It has been a while since I posted my last walleye sandwich. This is an encore picture I posted in the Minnesota Northern Exposure trip log thread. It came from Betty's Pies in Two Harbors, MN. More is said about it here. http://www.roadfood.com/Forums/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=20686




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RE: Minnesota Fried Walleye Sandwich 2007/06/27 22:02:04 (permalink)
Oh, but I am not done. Today I went to lunch at Hell's Kitchen in Minneapolis (not the TV show). Hell's Kitchen is more known for its breakfast fare and usually gets fantastic raves in that category. Lunch is not too shabby either with some interesting menu items. I could not resist this one. This could probably be the only breaded walleye BLT sandwich in existence on a restaurant menu.


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RE: Minnesota Fried Walleye Sandwich 2007/06/30 21:49:13 (permalink)
I have only been in Minnesota once, and that was only the airport; however, I did make sure to get a walleye sandwich and a cup of wild rice soup. I don't remember the name of the airport restaurant. It was some place with a faux lodge motif. Anyway, even though I'm sure what I had was by no means the best the area has to offer, I did enjoy both the sandwich and the soup.

It is interesting to see the different fried fish sandwiches from around the country. In Maryland we have lake trout, which is not trout but whiting, and flounder as our contributions to the deep fryer. I seem to remembe the walleye being a bit sweeter than both the flounder and the lake trout.
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RE: Minnesota Fried Walleye Sandwich 2007/07/07 10:14:34 (permalink)
There is an almond incrusted fried walleye sandwich in that basket somewhere. I was sitting out on the wharf under an evening sun and could hardly see the picture to compose it. I should have realized the fries were hiding the walleye. Anyway we sat out on the wharf at Lord Fletcher's Old Lake Lodge restaurant where you can watch the many boats cruise by. It was a perfect summer evening at 82 degrees and not a cloud in the sky.


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RE: Minnesota Fried Walleye Sandwich 2007/07/07 10:28:23 (permalink)
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I have only been in Minnesota once, and that was only the airport; however, I did make sure to get a walleye sandwich and a cup of wild rice soup. I don't remember the name of the airport restaurant. It was some place with a faux lodge motif. Anyway, even though I'm sure what I had was by no means the best the area has to offer, I did enjoy both the sandwich and the soup.

It is interesting to see the different fried fish sandwiches from around the country. In Maryland we have lake trout, which is not trout but whiting, and flounder as our contributions to the deep fryer. I seem to remembe the walleye being a bit sweeter than both the flounder and the lake trout.


Robearjr,

Since I usually fly out of Minneapolis/St. Paul I rarely take in the restaurants there or pay a lot of attention. I'll get a coffee at the Caribou Coffee Shop at best. I could guess it could be Axel's Bonfire. There is the Itasca Grille and Northern Lights as well that might meet your description of a faux lodge motif. If it were Axel's Bonfire, a local mini chain of restaurants, you might have gotten a fairly good walleye sandwich. One of the local AM radio hosts swears they have the best walleye. I'll have to try the one near my home and find out.
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RE: Minnesota Fried Walleye Sandwich 2007/07/07 11:34:37 (permalink)
Northern Lights sounds familar. I'm pretty sure I also had a local beer there. (Yes, I know this is not really narrowing it down.)
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RE: Minnesota Fried Walleye Sandwich 2007/07/12 13:57:09 (permalink)
For the record more walleye sandwiches. You can read more about them here...

http://www.roadfood.com/Forums/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=20686#309892

Trails End Cafe walleye sandwich at the very end of the Gunflint Trail in Northern Minnesota's Boundary Waters Canoe Area


The Rustic Inn Cafe Po Boy walleye sandwich in Castle Danger, Minnesota on the North Shore of Lake Superior

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RE: Minnesota Fried Walleye Sandwich 2007/11/09 20:14:10 (permalink)
It has been a few months. I've been so busy pursuing the breaded pork tenderloin sandwich out of state (of Minnesota) that I had been neglecting the breaded Walleye sandwich. Would you believe the closest restaurant to my home less than one mile away has one and I had not tried it? Yep this is the Hazellewood Grill & Tap Room.


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RE: Minnesota Fried Walleye Sandwich 2007/12/23 10:09:37 (permalink)
We headed out to Washington DC Friday and got to the Minneapolis/St. Paul Airport early with enough time for lunch. There are two relatively new restaurants in the main concourse of the Lindbergh Terminal in Axel's Bonfire and Ike's. Both served a fried walleye sandwich. Decisions, decisions. Ike's got the nod though I am sure Axel's would have come through as well. Actually Ike's got the nod because the Lady wanted a burger and Ike's has one of the best in the Twin Cities. But this is a walleye thread. The Ike's beer battered walleye came through. It was excellent and a salad was practically sprinkled over the top of it. It came with fries and a vinegar based cole slaw at an airport captive price of $13.99. I think there is also a conspiracy to keep you sober on your flight with Summit Pale Ale draft at $6.49. What the heck, we were in a festive holiday mood and fast food around the terminal was out. If you are just passing through the airport and want to sample Minnesota's specialty I am sure both Axel's Bonfire and Ike's can satisfy you.


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RE: Minnesota Fried Walleye Sandwich 2007/12/23 10:22:12 (permalink)
OOOOH, That looks good!!
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RE: Minnesota Fried Walleye Sandwich 2007/12/23 10:49:53 (permalink)
DavyD: A plate well presented. As a fairly frequent visitor to MSP, I will definately try your selection while I am waiting for a flight. A little pricey but $14.00 is not out of the picture.

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RE: Minnesota Fried Walleye Sandwich 2007/12/23 22:22:41 (permalink)
Well, a beer for $6.50 is still better than at a football stadium. $6.50 would feel like happy hour.

As to the latest pic, the fish looks great, but I'd prefer the tomatoes and onions sliced rather than diced.
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RE: Minnesota Fried Walleye Sandwich 2007/12/28 18:03:31 (permalink)
I was at the Twin City Grill in the MOA on Wednesday and I split their fried walleye sandwich with a friend and it was quite delightful. Fries and slaw were great too, not at all an afterthought.
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RE: Minnesota Fried Walleye Sandwich 2007/12/28 23:07:28 (permalink)
Nancy,

The Twin Cities Grill is one of my favorite places at MOA. Interestingly it is a corporate owned restaurant by a Chicago company but I don't hold that against them.

The Mall BTW is a liberals anathema. All my Twin Cities friends hate the Mall and denigrate it every chance they can and claim they refuse to go there. They said it would fail. But I was the architectural technical director that put three years of my career into helping create it. I enjoy going there just to walk around indoors in the winter if nothing else. Even if I don't shop I never leave without sampling and buying cheese at Rybicky's Cheese Shop on the 3rd level west end.
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RE: Minnesota Fried Walleye Sandwich 2007/12/29 10:45:38 (permalink)
Outside of Minnesota, how far east can you go and still get a good walleye sandwich? Can I get one in the lake erie area?


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RE: Minnesota Fried Walleye Sandwich 2007/12/29 13:43:27 (permalink)
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Outside of Minnesota, how far east can you go and still get a good walleye sandwich? Can I get one in the lake erie area?




Probably the port cities on Lake Erie in Ohio, and then the lake country in Michigan and Wisconsin. Upstate New York may have them too but I have no direct knowledge. Of course Canada. Walleye is a cold freshwater lake fish.
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RE: Minnesota Fried Walleye Sandwich 2007/12/29 17:04:45 (permalink)
Well I heard you guys talking about it (the Twin Cities Grill) and we were desperate for a touristy thing to do that my nephew (who was making his first trip) would enjoy, so we ended up at the MOA. I don't hate the MOA, I just don't really enjoy malls in general so it's not something I really look to do when we're up there. It's always fascinating to look at the roller coaster area--so hats off to you for that Mr. Davydd. It's astounding.

I thought it seemed not trashy enough for my tastes, but like you said, I didn't hold it against them. And the food was really good for a corporate type place, so thanks for the rec. I still haven't hit any of the really terrific Twin Cities RF list places--we're always doing family stuff and I'm not hardcore enough to just wander off alone.

We went to Rybickys! My partner's best friend was scouring the joint for a Packers knit cap for her hubby and somebody said they were loaded with Packers gear. And then I discovered the Nordstrom's Rack and that's all I have to say about that. ;) This same BF used to work at Camp Snoopy back when it was Camp Snoopy and she never hesitates to sniff condescendingly at whatever it is these days. :)
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