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Northern Waters Smokehaus

394 South Lake Ave., Duluth, MN - (888) 663-7800
Posted By Michael Stern on November 3, 2007 1:04 AM
There are few food aromas more enticing than that of a smokehouse. Long before you walk through the door of Northern Waters Smokehaus in the DeWitt-Seitz Marketplace in Duluth's Canal Park, you will smell the sweet scent of smoldering wood and the meats, fish, and cheeses that the smoke so vividly perfumes.

Eric Goerdt calls his place a micro-smokery, and the retail space is small indeed; but what he's talking about is the fact that his whitefish, salmon, pancetta, sausage, bacon, and bison pastrami are all produced in small batches and have a fresh, in-your-face flavor unlike anything mass-produced. While much business is by-the-pound for taking home, Eric offers such sandwiches as smoked bison shoulder braised in Schlitz and barbecue sauce on a bun, wild Alaskan sockeye gravlax with pickled ginger, vegetables, and wasabi mayonnaise on a baguette, and an insanely opulent gloss on the traditional reuben, this one made of hot bison pastrami, caramelized onions, pepperoncini, mayonnaise, and provolone on a crusty hard roll.

The items that wow me most are the smoked fish. Before he came down to Duluth, Eric was a fisherman in Sitka, Alaska, where he perfected his techniques for smoking fish as well as meats. When you listen to him talk about the firm luxury of a hunk of salmon that has been hand-trimmed, marinated, and smoked over Maplewood, you are hearing a man on a mission to make delicious fish.

Good news for those not soon planning to visit Duluth. Northern Waters Smokehaus is set up to ship its products. Just the other day I got a package of whitefish and smoked salmon, and have been eating nothing but for breakfast, lunch, and supper!
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Posted By Alyssa Johnson on April 25, 2014 6:29 PM
I absolutely love NWS. My favorite menu item is definitely the peppered smoked salmon, but the NWS salad is a must if you're staying for lunch. Today, I picked up a jar of their homemade kimchi. Splendid. This place is a gem!
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Posted By darlene harshberger on September 9, 2012 5:09 PM
Best smoked salmon ever! Located in downtown Duluth in a marketplace. I have eaten a fair amount of smoked/kippered salmon in my life. This is mild and good-tasting. I ordered the wrap. The place is a SMALL wedge (near another restaurant) where you order and take it with you, or grab one of the few stools at the narrow counters. Arrived during lunch on a weekday; service was quick and courteous.
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Posted By Steve Hirsch on August 31, 2010 10:04 AM
Went here late in the day on a Monday. I wanted to try a variety of the smoked fish and asked them if they would put together a sampler platter for me. The two guys behind the counter conferred and said, sure for $10. It was a bargain! I let them decide what to put on the platter and got two kinds of salmon, whitefish and trout. All were very good but, surprisingly, the trout was my favorite.

I didn't get to try any of the smoked meats and sausages but they also would sell a sampler of those. They looked good, but it's on Lake Superior... I wanted the fish.

They ship but I've been kicking myself for not having them pack some trout and whitefish for me to bring home. Next time I'm in Duluth, I'm getting a sandwich there and getting bulk smoked fish to bring home.
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