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Sep 28, 2008 03:59 PM

NW Indiana Heads-Up: Last of the Lake Perch Fish Frys

All-you-can-eat lake-perch fish frys used to be THE community fundraiser in rural northwest Indiana. The rising cost of lake perch (especially now that they have to be imported from Canada) has caused most organizations to either forgo them or switch to cheaper (less tasty) fish like pollock. One true lake perch fish fry remains, sponsored by the Hanna United Methodist church in southern LaPorte County, and it is not to be missed. The perch are expertly prepared by the LaCrosse Lions Club, in an old school bus that's been converted to a mobile kitchen. I feel confident in saying it is the best deep-fried fish I've ever had, not the least bit crunchy and so greaseless you can hardly believe it's not pan-fried. $12 entitles you to all you can eat, along with potato salad, baked beans, and homemade pie. It's a lovely scene and well worth the drive from wherever you are. This Saturday (October 4), from 4 to 7.

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