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May 11, 2009 05:00 PM


Are there any restaurants in the Seattle area that serve Lutefisk? I love it, but only get it once a year at Christmas.

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    1. re: mrnelso

      Your attachment explains part of the problem, it is about Norwegian lutefisk! Very bad stuff. I eat Swedish Lutefisk, very, very good stuff.

      1. re: The Shepherd

        but it all comes from the same place in Minnesota! :) (I think that's what was claimed on one episode of Bizarre Foods)

    2. nasty, bad, toxic, stinky, vile, rotten!!!!!

      1. Scandinavian Specialties on 15th NW (Loyal Heights) may be your best starting point in Seattle.
        They are more likely than one else in the area to carry lutefisk year round (though frozen).

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        1. re: paulj

          I found a reference in a NY Times article about Ballard to Olsen's Scandinavian Foods ( which lists lutefisk on their website.

          1. re: Nettie

            I should explore that part of Ballard more. I see they sell stockfish - dried cod in big pieces. You could make your own lutefisk from that!

            The other one, a bit to the north, includes a small cafe, though it appears that most of their offerings are soups and sausage plates.

            1. re: Nettie

              I buy it to make at home at Olsen's. I was hoping there were restraunts that would serve it. I am the only person in my house who eats it (I wonder why?), so making it at home is a pain.

              1. re: The Shepherd

                Have you found any restaurants that regularly offer other Scandinavian items? OPH has the pancakes and lingonberries, Ikea has the meatballs.

                Al Johnson's Swedish Restaurant in Sister Bay, Wisconsin is 'authentic' to the point of having goats on the sod roof, but I don't recall seeing lutefisk on the menu, even during winter ski trips.

                Maybe someone will have to organize a Chow Yule in July dinner. :)

                1. re: paulj

                  There used to be a small Swedish restaurant across the street from Olsen's in Ballard, but the vanished. They offered true Swedish Pancakes with lingonberries (unlike those places that serve fake "lingonberry butter" whatever that is), potato sausage, and of course lutefisk.

                  I don't know about having a Lutefisk dinner in July, could you imagine the smell with the summer heat? You and I should touch base closer to the Holidays and organize a true Yule Smogesboard. I will even make my famous homemade potato sausage!

                2. re: The Shepherd

                  There's an item in the Seattle Times about Olsen's closing soon.

            2. The Sons of Norway Lodge in Poulsbo serves it, but I believe only around the Christmas season.

              1. the Fresh Fish Company in Ballard (24th and 80th next to Larsen's Bakery) has it, but only around X-mas...