Monday, November 2, 2015

Northern Waters Smokehaus - Duluth, MN

On our way back to Minneapolis from the North Shore Drive along Lake Superior we stopped for dinner at a fun sandwich shop known as Northern Waters Smokehaus in Duluth. 
Duluth is right at the edge of Lake Superior and a large shipping port. One of the tourist attractions in Minnesota is the aerial bridge in Duluth which crosses a channel from Lake Superior into Superior Bay, which leads to Saint Louis Bay, then Spirit Lake. The highway on the aerial bridge can be lifted up above the channel so that taller ships can fit beneath the bridge and go into and out of Lake Superior. The channel is the Minnesota/Wisconsin state lane. Northern Waters is in a building on the road that crosses over the channel on the aerial bridge, about a block before it, so we crossed over and back, just to get a better look at it.
Aerial bridge viewed from the freeway.
Aerial bridge viewed from Lake Avenue. Northern Waters is in the large building to the left ahead. 
Driving across the aerial bridge.
Amazingly, Northern Waters Smokehaus is the no. 1 rated restaurant in Duluth, out of 206, on Trip Advisor. It is located in an old building converted into a mini-mall and is one of the stores in the building. A look at the menu and the food items in the display cases that go into sandwiches or can be purchased separately and you realize it is not your run-of-the-mill sandwich shop. 

This display case is full of various kinds of smoked fish.

Judy ordered the Silence of the Lambwich, very cute name, with smoke-roasted, curry rubbed lamb, basil, tomatoes, cucumbers, onions and curry yogurt on naan bread. Different than any sandwich I've ever tasted. The naan was very moist and perfect for a sandwich and was packed with lots of lamb. Great sandwich.
I got the Cajun Finn, with smoked Cajun salmon, green onion cream cheese, roasted red peppers, pepperoncini and lettuce on a stirato roll. There was plenty of smoked salmon and the green onion cream cheese was nice. It was also very colorful with alternating layers of different colored ingredients. 
We also bought several slices of chorizo sausage, just because it looked interesting, as well as a smoked Polish sausage. 

Wonderful concept for a sandwich restaurant. 


  1. I love restaurants like this with clever names. How can you not enjoy Silence of the Lambwich?

  2. I think if this were nearby, I'd want to try everything on the menu. I loved my lambwich, and your sandwich was pretty good too.