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“Two fish heads?”

Northern Waters Smokehaus
Ranked #1 of 258 Restaurants in Duluth
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$8 - US$15
Cuisines: Delicatessen
Dining options: Delivery, Outdoor Seating
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Dining options: Delivery, Outdoor Seating
San Antonio
Level 5 Contributor
76 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Two fish heads?”
Reviewed 31 August 2014 via mobile

Bought some smoked whitefish to go. Tasty, but odd: when I opened the package later on, there were two fish heads in the package. Could the second one been added in to increase the price (it was sold by the pound)? Though the fish was good, I probably won't be back.

Visited August 2014
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4 Thank GretchenRuth
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Smokehaus1, Public Relations Manager at Northern Waters Smokehaus, responded to this review, 1 September 2014
Hi there! Just had to say we would NEVER sneak anything onto our scales to increase the price. Not only is that unethical, it is illegal. Furthermore, our whitefish heads are tiny and really would add a negligible amount of weight to the scale. That being said, I apologize sincerely for this accident - our mistake! Sometimes in the flurry of business, one of those little buggers makes it way into a deli paper grab - but I'm sure you were weirded out! Glad you enjoyed the fish, though!
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Villa Park, Illinois
Level 6 Contributor
79 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
“Good food, snobby drinks”
Reviewed 31 August 2014

We second, third and fourth all the great reviews of the food here. The pastrami sandwich I got was excellent. My wife and daughter loved their orders. We picked up some fish to take along for later, which was also really good. It is clearly popular with locals and visitors alike: expect a wait and to find seating out in canal park.

My complaint is this, and I see it all over these days. They are branding themselves strongly as no chemicals, no additives, no this, no that, to keep the foodies happy and coming back for more. Fine, I want to know what is in my food also.

But then when it comes to drinks they serve nothing diet. They do have coca-cola (in cute little bottles--so it isn't that they are against soda) but no diet coke. Well, you might as well be handicapped inaccessible since, for example, diabetics can't drink your cute coca-cola bottles without going into a coma.

I guess I could have bought a water, but buying water on the shores of the largest freshwater lake system in the world seems extra insulting. So, Northern Waters Smokehaus, to achieve perfection, get over yourself and serve some beverages with a little chemical called nutrasweet or splenda in it. Your diabetic customers (soon to be about 1/2 of the people in the USA) will thank you.

  • Visited July 2014
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3 Thank bdf
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Smokehaus1, Public Relations Manager at Northern Waters Smokehaus, responded to this review, 1 September 2014
Thanks for all your great support! Your pictures and commentary on the Haus have been wonderful, and we appreciate it.
A word about our drinks: we strive to have a decent selection in our little beverage case. The Coca Cola we carry in those cute bottles is actually Mexican: it uses real cane sugar and we believe the flavor is superior. There is no diet version of this beverage. We also carry Sprecher sodas from Wisconsin and select them for their flavor profiles and the way they compliment our products. We have not yet found a suitable diet beverage that accomplishes this. We do offer a few varieties of sugar-free, calorie-free sparkling water, and also we give flat water away for free - no need to even purchase a beverage.
But if Diet Coke is your jam, there are two businesses down the hall from us that sell it (Blue Heron and Taste of Saigon) and we are open to you bringing in a can and enjoying it with your sandwich - not as convenient, but hopefully satisfying.
Again, we really appreciate your kind reviews and will continue to search for a more splendid Splenda!
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92 reviews
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“A great "little" deli that's a little hard to find”
Reviewed 30 August 2014

This was 2 excellent sandwiches, after we finally found the place (damn google maps). There is almost no seating inside and the line does form outside the deli for lunch. Fortunately it was a beautiful day and there are tables right outside. I would not miss another chance to eat here. There are about 12-15 sandwiches to pick from and several smoked meats available. Enjoy!!

  • Visited August 2014
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Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
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“Wonderful local place!”
Reviewed 29 August 2014

This is a great spot right by canal park. It needs more seating but worth the wait. We will make this a regular stop when visiting Duluth!

  • Visited August 2014
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Thank jolaine79
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
Level 6 Contributor
100 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
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“Awesome Smoked Fish and Meat”
Reviewed 28 August 2014

We bought some salmon, trout, the cajun finn sandwich, a salad, some jalapeño brats & some bison pastrami for our trip up to the North Shore and for lunch. This was awesome. The smoked fish was awesome, you can tell they know what they are doing because their isn't the enzyme on the fish that a lot of places fail with due to overheating the fish while cooking. I recommend this place to anyone heading to Duluth. Skip everywhere else and hit up this place!

  • Visited August 2014
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