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    Post #1 - April 27th, 2008, 7:28 am
    Post #1 - April 27th, 2008, 7:28 am Post #1 - April 27th, 2008, 7:28 am
    We went out to Shaw's in Schaumberg last night. I was hoping for some tiny smelts. The menu had fried Lake Superior Smelt as its initial starter. We kind of designed our whole meal around the crisp little fish. Server sadly informed me that they were out of the fish and that this was there last shipment of the season.

    Did i miss something? If they are still available, where should I go?

    I got a jones and I need a fix.

    Babaluch
  • Post #2 - April 27th, 2008, 7:46 am
    Post #2 - April 27th, 2008, 7:46 am Post #2 - April 27th, 2008, 7:46 am
    Half shell has what your looking for. I love the smelt over there with a starter of fried oysters.

    Half Shell
    676 W Diversey Pkwy
    Chicago, IL 60614
    (773) 549-1773
  • Post #3 - April 27th, 2008, 8:04 am
    Post #3 - April 27th, 2008, 8:04 am Post #3 - April 27th, 2008, 8:04 am
    babaluch wrote:We went out to Shaw's in Schaumberg last night. I was hoping for some tiny smelts. The menu had fried Lake Superior Smelt as its initial starter. We kind of designed our whole meal around the crisp little fish. Server sadly informed me that they were out of the fish and that this was there last shipment of the season.

    Did i miss something? If they are still available, where should I go?

    I got a jones and I need a fix.

    Babaluch


    I went to a smelt dip last night, and it was a good thing the VP of Shaw's brought over some of the last fish they had at the Chicago restaurant because when I left a little before 10:00 there had been no smelt pulled from the water and the promise of none. The smelt we had was from Lake Erie, and it is near the end of the season, which runs through April, so it's possible the window is closed at most Chicago restaurants (at least for fresh, Midwestern smelt -- the fish does swim elsewhere in the world).
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  • Post #4 - April 27th, 2008, 9:06 am
    Post #4 - April 27th, 2008, 9:06 am Post #4 - April 27th, 2008, 9:06 am
    We had smelt a couple weeks ago at Venus in Greektown. They were crispy and delicious - you may want to call to see if they still have them.


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  • Post #5 - April 27th, 2008, 9:15 am
    Post #5 - April 27th, 2008, 9:15 am Post #5 - April 27th, 2008, 9:15 am
    figmolly wrote:We had smelt a couple weeks ago at Venus in Greektown. They were crispy and delicious - you may want to call to see if they still have them.


    Venus Mezedopolion
    820 W. Jackson St., Chicago
    (312) 714-1001


    Greek restaurants are a good place to look for smelt year-round. I wonder, though, if these are fished in the US. My guess is they are not...still, that's more often than not the ones we get and I like them just fine. They seem larger than the ones that come from, for instance, Lake Erie, and a little less delicate.
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  • Post #6 - April 27th, 2008, 10:03 am
    Post #6 - April 27th, 2008, 10:03 am Post #6 - April 27th, 2008, 10:03 am
    I had some about a week ago from Troha's.
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  • Post #7 - April 27th, 2008, 2:48 pm
    Post #7 - April 27th, 2008, 2:48 pm Post #7 - April 27th, 2008, 2:48 pm
    Miller's Pub on Wabash in the Loop had "We have smelt" on their sign last Thursday.
  • Post #8 - April 27th, 2008, 10:35 pm
    Post #8 - April 27th, 2008, 10:35 pm Post #8 - April 27th, 2008, 10:35 pm
    These were a special at Myron and Phil's this weekend.
    Lacking fins or tail
    The Gefilte fish
    swims with great difficulty.

    Jewish haiku.
  • Post #9 - April 27th, 2008, 10:41 pm
    Post #9 - April 27th, 2008, 10:41 pm Post #9 - April 27th, 2008, 10:41 pm
    Hi,

    Most of the smelt sold in shops and restaurants is not local. Last year at my local park district's smelt fest, the smelt were from Canada.

    If you are a DIY smelt fisherman, then the season is about to close. I think it is only the month of April.

    The Port Washington Wisconsin annual smelt dinner is the Friday and Saturday after Easter. Yes, the smelt dinner this year was before the smelt run locally.

    While smelt is a seasonal special at restaurants. It is a regular menu item at many restaurants throughout the year. Effectively there is no need to fear you have missed an opportunity to eat smelt.

    Regards,
    Cathy2

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  • Post #10 - April 28th, 2008, 2:30 pm
    Post #10 - April 28th, 2008, 2:30 pm Post #10 - April 28th, 2008, 2:30 pm
    If you want to fix them yourself, I saw some at Dirk's today, but I didn't notice where they came from.
  • Post #11 - April 28th, 2008, 3:54 pm
    Post #11 - April 28th, 2008, 3:54 pm Post #11 - April 28th, 2008, 3:54 pm
    Cathy2 wrote:The Port Washington Wisconsin annual smelt dinner is the Friday and Saturday after Easter. Yes, the smelt dinner this year was before the smelt run locally.


    I believe Shaw's get all their smelt from Lake Erie.
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  • Post #12 - April 28th, 2008, 4:14 pm
    Post #12 - April 28th, 2008, 4:14 pm Post #12 - April 28th, 2008, 4:14 pm
    David Hammond wrote:
    Cathy2 wrote:The Port Washington Wisconsin annual smelt dinner is the Friday and Saturday after Easter. Yes, the smelt dinner this year was before the smelt run locally.


    I believe Shaw's get all their smelt from Lake Erie.


    Shaw visits this VFW fundraiser in Port Washington, they don't purchase or cook the fish. I have seen the VFW's fish vendor in the parking lot with a freezer truck to keep them stocked.

    Regards,
    Cathy2

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  • Post #13 - April 28th, 2008, 6:52 pm
    Post #13 - April 28th, 2008, 6:52 pm Post #13 - April 28th, 2008, 6:52 pm
    Sun Wah has a great smelt dish. It's on the wall menu. It was there on Saturday.
  • Post #14 - April 17th, 2009, 2:54 pm
    Post #14 - April 17th, 2009, 2:54 pm Post #14 - April 17th, 2009, 2:54 pm
    I know it's been awhile since someone has posted here, but I can't get enough of these friggin things and I need to tap into the wealth of LTH knowledge:

    1) Is smelt season in fact only the month of April?

    2) I have had some of my finest Chicago smelt experiences at Sun Wah, Greek Islands, and most recently the Publican. Does anyone have any recent positive smelt experiences that they can share? I will follow where you lead me.
  • Post #15 - April 17th, 2009, 2:56 pm
    Post #15 - April 17th, 2009, 2:56 pm Post #15 - April 17th, 2009, 2:56 pm
    Smelts were on the menu at Hopleaf last night. That's only partially helpful because I did not have them, opting instead for the delicious beef shortrib stew with a side of frites.
    -Mary
  • Post #16 - April 17th, 2009, 3:03 pm
    Post #16 - April 17th, 2009, 3:03 pm Post #16 - April 17th, 2009, 3:03 pm
    Smelts were on the menu at Hopleaf last night.


    I've needed an excuse to get back to Hopleaf.
  • Post #17 - April 17th, 2009, 3:05 pm
    Post #17 - April 17th, 2009, 3:05 pm Post #17 - April 17th, 2009, 3:05 pm
    rmtraut wrote:
    Smelts were on the menu at Hopleaf last night.


    I've needed an excuse to get back to Hopleaf.

    I know the feeling. A friend visiting from out of town was my reason.
    -Mary
  • Post #18 - April 17th, 2009, 5:59 pm
    Post #18 - April 17th, 2009, 5:59 pm Post #18 - April 17th, 2009, 5:59 pm
    From the Sun Times' "Cool Mix" -- this happens tomorrow (Saturday 18 April)

    SOMETHING'S FISHY
    True lovers of smelt, the yummy little fish that show up to announce that spring has arrived along the shores of Lake Michigan, will want to get in on Shaw's Smelt Fest 2009, an all-day pilgrimage by bus to Port Washington, Wis., for the 59th annual American Legion Smelt Fry there. The bus leaves Shaw's Crab House, 21 E. Hubbard, at 10 a.m. (registration is at 9), and the trip includes breakfast, a stop in historic Cedarburg, Wis., drinks en route, lunch, entry to the all-you-can-eat smelt feast and more. Buses arrive back in Chicago at 9 p.m. The cost is $75 and reservations are required. Buses also roll from Shaw's Schaumburg location, 1900 E. Higgins. Call (312) 527-2722 or (847) 517-2722; http://www.shawscrab house.com
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  • Post #19 - April 27th, 2009, 2:20 pm
    Post #19 - April 27th, 2009, 2:20 pm Post #19 - April 27th, 2009, 2:20 pm
    I was disappointed in my smelt at Hopleaf the other night. They were way heavily battered which overwhelmed the actual taste of the little fish. However, my Leffe Brun, Unibroue Maudite and Sierra Nevada Porter were fantastic.
  • Post #20 - April 27th, 2009, 4:29 pm
    Post #20 - April 27th, 2009, 4:29 pm Post #20 - April 27th, 2009, 4:29 pm
    As I posted elsewhere, smelt with preserved lemon were on the menu at Mado this past Friday.
    Last edited by Jonah on April 27th, 2009, 9:00 pm, edited 1 time in total.
  • Post #21 - April 27th, 2009, 8:27 pm
    Post #21 - April 27th, 2009, 8:27 pm Post #21 - April 27th, 2009, 8:27 pm
    Image


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    8010 N. Waukegan Rd.
    Niles, IL 60714
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  • Post #22 - April 30th, 2009, 9:27 am
    Post #22 - April 30th, 2009, 9:27 am Post #22 - April 30th, 2009, 9:27 am
    Ann Fisher wrote:Miller's Pub on Wabash in the Loop had "We have smelt" on their sign last Thursday.

    Still there last night: "Fresh smelt" :P
  • Post #23 - April 30th, 2009, 9:35 am
    Post #23 - April 30th, 2009, 9:35 am Post #23 - April 30th, 2009, 9:35 am
    Had them @ Shaws yesterday downtown. As my buddy said, like eating "fried air".
    "In pursuit of joys untasted"
    from Giuseppe Verdi's La Traviata
  • Post #24 - April 30th, 2009, 9:44 am
    Post #24 - April 30th, 2009, 9:44 am Post #24 - April 30th, 2009, 9:44 am
    quote]As my buddy said, like eating "fried air".[[/quote]

    I can't imagine this is a good thing.....
  • Post #25 - April 30th, 2009, 10:09 am
    Post #25 - April 30th, 2009, 10:09 am Post #25 - April 30th, 2009, 10:09 am
    Why not? You don't like Krispy Kreme (fried air w/sugar)?
    "In pursuit of joys untasted"
    from Giuseppe Verdi's La Traviata
  • Post #26 - April 30th, 2009, 10:27 am
    Post #26 - April 30th, 2009, 10:27 am Post #26 - April 30th, 2009, 10:27 am
    I like the title of this thread for an LTHforum.com tag line.
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  • Post #27 - April 30th, 2009, 1:02 pm
    Post #27 - April 30th, 2009, 1:02 pm Post #27 - April 30th, 2009, 1:02 pm
    For those willing to cook, 2 varieties of smelt (lake smelt and Atlantic smelt) were on offer today at the seafood counter at Andy's Fruit Ranch.

    4733 N. Kedzie
    Chicago IL 60625
    773-583-2322
  • Post #28 - April 30th, 2009, 2:42 pm
    Post #28 - April 30th, 2009, 2:42 pm Post #28 - April 30th, 2009, 2:42 pm
    How 'bout local crappie (yes!), via Twitter, I see that Supreme's getting 'em.
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  • Post #29 - April 30th, 2009, 3:47 pm
    Post #29 - April 30th, 2009, 3:47 pm Post #29 - April 30th, 2009, 3:47 pm
    Bertucci's had excellent smelt a few weeks ago.
  • Post #30 - April 30th, 2009, 9:29 pm
    Post #30 - April 30th, 2009, 9:29 pm Post #30 - April 30th, 2009, 9:29 pm
    I've never heard of Atlantic smelt. Are they the same/similar? Hope it's not like the yellow lake perch/ocean perch deal.
    What if the Hokey Pokey really IS what it's all about?

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