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Jan 31, 2011 11:37 AM

Looking for pan-fried perch ala Phil Smidt's

I grew up on the South Side during the Fifties but have lived in Boston since 1962. When I was a kid, for special family events, we went to Phil Smidt's, in Whiting. Loved eating there. My late father knew the Smidt family going back to the earliest days of the restaurant and I recall fondly our family going through platter after platter of fabulous sauteed perch in those all-you-could-eat days. Those were very happy times.

Sad that Smidts is no more. Fortunately, in 1998, I was to take my then ninety-year old mother to Smidt's one last time shortly before she died.

My wife and I are going to be in Chicago and southern Wisconsin (Milwaukee and Kenosha) for a few days in March and I hope that Chicago Hounds can suggest a place or two (in either location) that comes close to what Smidt's used to be. Got out to Teibel's a couple of years ago but we won't be that far south this time, and in my opinion, Teibel's, although good, was never the equivalent of Smidt's.

Thanks for your thoughts.

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  1. Up for Grabs on Calumet Ave in Whiting does a good job. That's about it. Perch is very pricy these days.

    1. Sister Bay Bowl up in Sister Bay, Wisconsin. I used to go to Phil's 2x a summer and this is the only place that comes close.

      RL in Chicago has damn good perch but they use a slightly more crunchy Pankonen breading... Still good enough that I always get it.

      1. A friend says there is a place in Hyde Park that says "just like Phil Smidt's" right on the menu. No luck locating the place.
        Rumor is the Probst brothers are looking for a new spot.