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Fresh Lake Perch on Road Trip across northern Ohio and Indiana

Elzoe Jul 3, 2012 08:06 AM

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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    darbit RE: Elzoe Jul 3, 2012 09:49 AM

    New Sandusky Fish Company


    (235 East Shoreline Drive, Sandusky, OH


    (419) 621-8263

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      mollyschmolly RE: Elzoe Jul 4, 2012 07:29 PM

      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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        jen kalb RE: mollyschmolly Jul 15, 2012 07:42 PM

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

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        Fibber McGee RE: Elzoe Jul 5, 2012 08:16 AM

        I like Big Bopper's in Marblehead.


        7581 E. Harbor Rd
        Marblehead, OH 43440

        Wish I could help for Indiana.

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          kasw RE: Elzoe Jul 5, 2012 07:07 PM

          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.

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            kasw RE: Elzoe Jul 5, 2012 07:10 PM

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

            1. jmcarthur8 RE: Elzoe Jul 15, 2012 08:01 PM

              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!

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                barefootgirl RE: Elzoe Jul 16, 2012 10:24 AM

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


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