Walleye Dinner Winners

A walleye sandwich at Bite's in Pine River. Photo courtesy of the Bite's Facebook page

It's legendary in Minnesota and especially on the Whitefish Chain- walleye dinners! But every once in a while you'll find that on your visit to the chain, you can't fish walleye because the season has ended. And fishermen know and love the shore lunch, but in case you find yourself telling the story of the "one that got away," there are plenty of great restaurants in the area where you'll find delicious walleye dinners.

Bites in Pine River serves walleye several ways. The beer-battered walleye sandwich makes occasional appearances on the lunch specials, but walleye is available all the time in your choice of pecan crusted with a homemade remoulade or shore lunch style, also with a homemade remoulade ($11.95).

Or, order Bites' walleye as a dinner in your choice of pecan crusted, broiled or pan fried. The dinner includes two sides, and you have the option of ordering one or two fillets ($16.95/$22.95).

At the Riverside in Crosslake, the house specialty is a Parmesan crusted walleye ($25.95) that's pan fried to golden brown. It's also available broiled or Cajun style on request. The dinner includes a choice of soup or salad, dinner roll, and choice of potato/vegetable.

Andy's in Crosslake, too, has a walleye dinner. Theirs is pan fried with a cracker crumb crust and served with veggies, fries or a baked potato. A Canadian walleye sandwich is also on the menu.

You'll also find a walleye sandwich ($14) at Moonlite Bay in Crosslake, where the fillet hangs over the edges of the bun, is lightly breaded, and is served with chips.

Up at the Wharf, Captain's Walleye ($16.95) is on the menu. It's Canadian walleye that is fried golden brown and served on a hoagie bun with lettuce, tomato and tartar sauce. Or, try the Canadian walleye dinner ($26.95), which is two fillets soaked in ale and lightly batter-fried to golden brown, or oven broiled in lemon pepper butter sauce. The walleye dinner comes with a breadstick, vegetables, choice of soup or salad, and choice of side.

In Breezy Point, Antler's has a walleye sandwich served with lemon and tartar, and fries. The dinner menu also includes a Canadian walleye ($27.95) served broiled almandine or amber bock beer battered. It comes with soup or salad, and choice of asparagus, wild rice, baked potato, au gratins or French fries. It's also on the early bird menu ($23.95).

At Commander in Breezy, you'll find a walleye fingers appetizer to start off your meal. You can then follow it up with the walleye dinner, served broiled or beer battered.

If you're willing to travel a little bit farther, Prairie Bay in Baxter has a hazelnut crusted walleye with green grapes, sage raisin noisette and caramelized sweet potato puree ($26). Yum!

There you have it. No matter what the circumstances or how tall the fish tale, there's a place with walleye on the table.

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