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  • Outtakes around the lake: My favorite commercial fish haunts

  • Lent sneaks up  on us early this year, folks. Wednesday, Feb. 13 marks its beginning. That makes for an early March 31 Easter.

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  • Lent sneaks up  on us early this year, folks. Wednesday, Feb. 13 marks its beginning. That makes for an early March 31 Easter.
    If you enjoy fish at your favorite eatery, whether commercial or non-commercial, continue patronizing them. But if you're looking for a different Lenten fish spot, feel free to try these. As I've done in past years, this week I'm covering favorite commercial eateries such as restaurants and taverns in alphabetical order. Next week I'll write about our favorite non-commercial fish fry haunts such as churches and social clubs.
    DIETZ'S - 401 W. Turkeyfoot Lake Road 330-644-2628. This favorite waterfront spot serves outstanding Lake Erie Yellow Perch accompanied with French fries, cole slaw and a salad. They also feature a lemon pepper cod dish served with linguine, a vegetable and salad. Another good choice is their salmon dish with rice, a vegetable and salad. Each Friday during Lent, they feature all-you-can-eat pollock with French fries and cole slaw. Enjoy your meal at a waterfront table overlooking West Reservoir in the beautiful Portage Lakes. Top off your meal with a piece of warm, delicious, flaky crust pie from Gardners. Ask your server for daily selections.
    IDO BAR & GRILL - 1537 S. Main Street, Akron 330-773-1724. Have you ever eaten halibut ... just for the halibut (pun intended)? True, it can be pricey, and that may be why it's not as popular a fish as cod. But the recipe the IDO uses produces a seafood dish that’s almost indescribably delicious. Their halibut is freshly filleted, lightly seasoned and then pan fried with a crisp potato crust. Writing that it's simply delicious somehow doesn't do it justice. Their preparation results in some of the best, tastiest, most delicious morsels of fish I've ever eaten. You leave there with a firm desire to have it once more in your lifetime, even if you must make it part of your bucket list.
    EAT ‘N’ PARK - 200 Howe Avenue, Cuyahoga Falls 330- 923-4111. As a transplant here in the Buckeye state, I travel far and wide to visit family and friends still living in the Dutch Country of Pennsylvania and other states in this great nation. Whenever I do, I favor certain restaurants to satisfy my seafood cravings. One of those is Eat ‘N’ Park. Yes, it’s a chain, but they feature a unique dish called Nantucket Cod that I love. It’s oven-baked north Atlantic cod stuffed with a blend of crabmeat, shrimp, spinach, onions, cheddar cheese and cracker crumbs. Accompanied with their salad bar and homemade chicken noodle soup, I’m satisfied. Another outstanding seafood dish I favor is the Baked Lemon Sole. It’s described as a flaky sole fillet, lightly crusted with parmesan bread crumbs and then drizzled with butter and fresh-squeezed lemon. All their seafood dishes are served with two sides and their bakery-fresh dinner rolls.
    Page 2 of 2 - TIM’S TAVERN - 3323 Parkway Street NW, Canton 330-455-6306. Anyone who has ever tasted their lightly breaded morsels from the sea knows what I’m talking about when I say there’s simply no comparison to fish anywhere else in the good ol’ U.S. of A.! While Tim’s Tavern has a variety of seafood choices, my selection varies between the Broiled Scrod and the Scrod Italiani. The first is served with butter, lemon and/or blackened onions. The latter is served with blackened onions, parmesan cheese and diced tomatoes. A flowering onion and their crab bisque soup round out a meal fit for King Neptune.
    WIL’S GRILLE & PUB - 1644 W. Turkeyfoot Lake Road , Coventry Township 330-753-5743. Each Friday, Wil’s features outstanding cod nuggets. Lightly battered and deep fried in peanut oil, these tasty, tender morsels of succulent fish melt in your mouth. CB’s (Chef Bill’s) menu also offers deep-fried flounder, Lake Erie perch and walleye and homemade New England-style clam chowder. The flounder is some of the best I’ve ever eaten. For those preferring selections other than fish, the menu is varied. Add a dish of his homemade cole slaw and remember, Wil’s is one of the few restaurants that serve fresh cut French Fries cooked in peanut oil and served as the Great Wise Chef in the Sky intended. Top off your meal as I do, with cherry-covered cheesecake. Add a tall glass of freshly brewed iced tea or beverage of your choice, and the beginnings of a long, memorable, love affair with Wil’s could be in the works. Open seven days a week, Wil’s kitchen operates from 11 am until 10 pm. Carryout is available. They close each night at 12.
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