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Jul 3, 2012 08:06 AM

Fresh Lake Perch on Road Trip across northern Ohio and Indiana

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.