100 Favorite Dishes: Lutefisk at Landmarc Grill


As a countdown to the Best of the Twin Cities 2010, coming this spring, Hot Dish is serving up a hundred of our favorite local dishes. Send your own nominations to [email protected]

To some, it's "fish Jell-O," to others it's "the world's largest chunk of phlegm." It's been called "the afterbirth of a dog" and "a weapon of mass destruction." But that doesn't stop us from loving on lutefisk, particularly the version served at the Landmarc Grill (during peak lutefisk-eating season only, unfortunately).

When cooked properly--which is to say, not overcooked--the fish will be flaky and soft, but never jelly-like. And, so long as you bake it, it really doesn't smell. The flavor is innocuous enough to use it as a vehicle for melted butter or cream sauce. Or you could always roll it up in a piece of lefse. If such praise seems faint for a dish on a "Top 100" list--we're giving lutefisk a few extra bonus points for being part of Minnesota's cultural tradition.

Hungry for more? The dishes in our countdown thus far are linked below:

No. 100: Volcano Salad at Tiger Sushi No. 99: Eclair at Butter No. 98: Moussaka at Gardens of Salonica No. 97: "Flappers" at Colossal Cafe No. 96: Bento Box at Obento-Ya No. 95: Sausage, salami, onion, and green olive pizza at Black Sheep No. 94: Crab Cake at the Kitchen No. 93: Passion fruit cake at Pardon My French No 92: Kafé421 Signature Dips