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Original Smith Bros. Fish Sandwich Takes an Old School Feel

There's nothing too out-of-ordinary about the Smith Bros. Original Fish Sandwich — now served at the coffee shop attached to Duluth Trading Company — but given it's name, that's probably what they were going for. Bonus? It's super lo

After much anticipation, I was finally able to indulge in the "Original" Smith Bros. Fish Sandwich — now being served at Smith Brothers Coffee House thanks to the takeover by Duluth Trading Company.

For the past two years of sitting in that coffee shop, Patching away, I had heard a number of visitors stumble in and beg the question, "Where'd the fish go?" 

Alas, the coffee shop had focused on serving coffee and baked goods for years to that point, but people still wanted their seafood and were being sent elsewhere — until now.

Duluth Trading Company has actually added a menu that includes several sandwich and salad options at the coffee shop.

At the top of the list is where you'll see it — the menu exclaims: "The Original is Back!"

So, I had to try it.

Though I had never experienced the "original," I will say that the newly added menu item does take on a "throw-back," nostalgic appeal. It's served in a white bag all folded up, and closed shut with a standard Smith Bros. sticker. I'd imagine all their sandwiches are served this way, but the simplistic style just screamed "original."

What impressed me most about the sandwich is that it focuses on local: the fish fillets come from Ewig Bros, and the bun is from newly-opened Sweet Buns Bakery. And the tartar sauce was to die for.

It was a good lunch, and I'd recommend heading in and giving it a shot for your own dose of nostalgia. I did want to note that I do think the price tag — at $8.95 a sandwich — is a little steep ... I'd take a bag of chips or something with it for that price.

Have you tried the original since it came back?

Tell us your thoughts in the comments.

Betty Fields-Mueller November 02, 2012 at 05:36 PM
Wow! That is too expensive for a fish sandwich no matter how "original" or tasty it is.
Greg November 02, 2012 at 05:47 PM
Good thing Patch editors get their meals comped.
Chillywater November 02, 2012 at 06:38 PM
If you knew the price of perch you would understand. Businesses around here give away their product and the doors close eventually. Big problem with consumers not understanding costs of goods.
Lyssa Beyer (Editor) November 02, 2012 at 09:08 PM
@Chillywater -- that's a good point, these are local products so your extra dollars paid for the sandwich are having a bigger impact at home — which is always great.
Richard Husting November 03, 2012 at 02:32 AM
Well for $3 more I would go to the Patio and get the perch plate with fries cole slaw and rye bread. just my opinion
Chillywater November 03, 2012 at 04:30 AM
@ Richard...and how many beers or cocktails business bank on which make up for the cost. Again, consumers don't get it. I'm sure you are not out buying perch and cooking it up at home.

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