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“Always stop here when Up North”

Russ Kendall's Smoke House
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Mankato, Minnesota
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66 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Always stop here when Up North”
Reviewed August 8, 2014

If you love smoked fish, this is the place to go. We love the whitefish and trout. They also have salmon spread that is to die for!

Visited August 2014
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Denver, Colorado
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531 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 169 helpful votes
“Very good reputation, not a restaurant but a store”
Reviewed July 24, 2014

This place burned down earlier and glad to see it rebuilt and back in business. Great reputation and considered by many to be best smoke house in the area. We bought about a pound of smoked trout which we had on a picnic. Very tasty.

We stopped on the way back at 9am to buy more but unfortunately they were not open until 9:30am.

Will stop by again when in the area.

  • Visited July 2014
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Golden Valley, Minnesota, United States
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29 reviews
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“EXCELLENT!!”
Reviewed July 16, 2014

We always stop at Russ Kendalls - best smoked fish on the lake. The smoked king Alaskan salmon is to die for. We always buy 2-3 slabs. His home made beef jerky is the best on the planet, pricey a bit, but well worth every penny!

Visited July 2014
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Urbandale, Iowa
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56 reviews
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“Definitely worth a stop”
Reviewed June 30, 2014

Russ Kendall's Smoke House has been around since the early 1900s. My family always stopped on way to Canada and the tradition continues today. The brown sugar cured king salmon is the BEST! Salmon, cheese, crackers and you've got a meal as you're hiking the Superior National Hiking Trail or just sitting on a rock looking out at Superior. Don't pass Russ Kendall's by in Knife River, MN on Highway 61. I'm glad they're back in business after a fire earlier this year.

Visited June 2014
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Minneapolis, MN
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228 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“North Shore Tradition”
Reviewed June 9, 2014

You just have to stop here and get smoked fish when you drive up the north shore. Good to have as a part of a picnic lunch. Bring bagels and cream cheese and other goodies along for a complete snack. Never disappoints.

  • Visited March 2014
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