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“Best smoked trout I've had” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Dockside Fish Market

Dockside Fish Market
Ranked #6 of 34 Restaurants in Grand Marais
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Restaurant details
Good for: Dining on a budget, Families with children, Kids, Scenic view, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Grand Marais, Minnesota
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Best smoked trout I've had”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 16, 2013

Excelent smoked and fresh fish right out of the big lake. Also was a huge fan of the deli counter where you can get great fresh walleye and fries. Limited seating but that does not matter. Grab your food and wander down the lake shore to watch the sail boats in the harbor. There is nothing quite like eating fresh fish right on the beach.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Atoka, Tennessee
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212 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
“Small but good food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 30, 2012

Stopped by here after seeing them on Andrew Zimmerns Bizarre Foods. A very small almost deli like fish market, not a whole lot of room to sit so if they are even remotely busy plan on taking your food outside or to go. My wife isn’t a big fan of deep fried fish, she usually likes it baked. Unfortunately they didn’t have anything that wasn’t fish n chips so we ended up just getting some cheese curds. They sure were good though! I can’t talk about the fish n chips (although everyone else was enjoying them) but the cheese curds were excellent.

Visited September 2012
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Duluth, Minnesota
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“fish in chips, Chowders”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 3, 2012

had great fish and chips wish the potatoes were prepared in house
Salmon chowder didn't have much slamon and flavor lacked spark

Visited October 2012
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MN
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Awesome”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 2, 2012

My husband got the all you can eat herring special and he loved it. I got the whitefish and it was very good as well. We would go back in a heartbeat. The people there were very friendly too.

Visited October 2012
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Minneapolis
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“If you're in Grand Marais, do not miss Dockside”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2012

What a gem this family-run place is. They specialize in freshly caught Lake Superior fish, but also bring in top-quality fish and seafood from other areas (salmon, shrimp, crab etc.) There is a counter service cafe; you order and pay, then seat yourselves and they bring the food to you when it is ready. Do NOT miss the fish and chips basket; the herring is just to die for, and is right out of Lake Superior. If you're lucky enough to be there in the early spring, all I can say is that I hope they have fresh smelt for you to feast on; you wont' believe how delicious it is, and its season is very limited so count yourself very lucky if they have it. Their smoked fish chowder is also outstanding, as are their fish wraps; their desserts are awesome.

They have a sheltered deck in the back for seating when the weather permits. It overlooks part of the North Shore Folk House School and a parking area, so sometimes there are trucks etc. below. But you can also see the harbor on Lake Superior, and it's a wonderful place to eat if seating is available. Otherwise, they have maybe 8 tables inside.

They also have an excellent counter for fresh and smoked fish to take home, along with some Carr Valley cheese. (In October 2012 I bought a chunk of what must have been a HUGE lake trout, freshly caught from Lake Superior that day, as I understand it; the center-cut fillet I got was close to 1-1/2 inches thick, and when I grilled it that night on an alder plank, it was simply beyond compare. I also bought a chunk of Carr Valley aged gouda, and it was excellent.). They smoke the Lake Superior fish themselves, in the smokehouse next door, and it is delicious. They also have a wonderful deli case with things like smoked fish spread, wraps, salads, sandwiches etc. ready for takeout. A freezer case offers a good selection of fish, shrimp etc.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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