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Fresh Lake Perch on Road Trip across northern Ohio and Indiana

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In a couple of weeks, I'll be driving solo from Boston to Chicago, in a two-seat convertible, taking non-interstate roads as much as possible.

Growing up up in Chicago many years ago, fresh lake perch, sautéed or deep fried, was among my favorite foods. (Any body remember Phil Smidts, in Hammond?)

Since it's impossible to find fresh lake perch in Boston, I'll appreciate getting some recs from Hounds about places in northern Ohio and Indiana where I can over indulge my self.

Many thanks.

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  1. New Sandusky Fish Company


    (235 East Shoreline Drive, Sandusky, OH


    (419) 621-8263

    1. There's a little town called Elmore, OH which has The Village Inn. Elmore sits between Toledo & Sandusky off the Ohio Turnpike (I-80/90). They have a delicious perch dinner that is especially popular on Fridays. The restaurant is teeny tiny and not much to look at, but you can't go wrong with perch!

      362 Rice Street
      Elmore OH 43416
      (419) 862-2407

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      1. re: mollyschmolly

        If thats the place I think it is, the perch is good and the people-watching also, a rural american scene.

      2. I like Big Bopper's in Marblehead.


        7581 E. Harbor Rd
        Marblehead, OH 43440

        Wish I could help for Indiana.

        1. The Jolly Roger in Port Clinton, OH. I've only had the perch and the walleye, go for the perch! Sides are very tasty, but I just fill up on the perch.

          1. Another suggestion is the Slovak American Club in Lorain OH on Fridays. Really great perch and pierogies.

            1. Elzoe, alas, Phil Smidt's is long gone..loved the pink and black rose decor! Theirs was the best perch ever. I am from Michigan City Indiana, and though whenever I get back home, I search for yellow perch, everyone tells me it's all gone from Lake Michigan. All I can find is white perch from Lake Superior, and it's just not the same! It seems that the restaurants fix it the same way, but I don't know if they tell you it's not Lake Michigan yellow perch. If you are fortunate enough to find the real thing, please post and let me know where!

              1. I've never had the perch, but Hil-Mak's on Ashtabula Harbor has a pretty astonishing seafood menu, brought in fresh.