This writer loves it; Sen. Al Franken loves it; it's quite possible you love it: The Cajun Finn sandwich from Duluth's Northern Waters Smokehaus is a must-try Minnesota dish, and now it's available as a kit through the mail.
... we've heard of flying fish, but this is ridiculous!
But seriously, folks, the Cajun Finn -- smoked Cajun salmon, green onion cream cheese, pepperoncinis, fire-roasted peppers, and mixed greens on a stirato roll -- has been ordered more than 40,000 times since 2015, according to Northern Waters.
"We have had transplants inquire about whether they can get the [Cajun Finn] components shipped to them, so they can recreate the experience they had while visiting our deli in Canal Park," reports Northern Waters rep Annemarie Mackey.
The Cajun Finn kit, available here, comes with all the essential ingredients, plus a whole dill pickle and a tote bag. The price tag? An eye-popping $60 for two sandwiches or $85 for four. Is that crazy expensive? We asked Mackey.
"When you break it down, it doesn't sound so bad," she says, citing the leftover salmon/fixings and two-day express shipping. "Cheaper than a drive up I-35 and night's stay in a hotel, no?"
And there's apparently plenty of demand for Northern Waters, which opened a second, full-service location in Duluth last year. The company has no immediate plans for a Twin Cities shop, Mackey says, though some Northern Waters goods are available at Grassroots Gourmet inside the Midtown Global Market.
In other Duluth news: Head there for your 7th best chance of surviving the nuclear apocalypse, and stock that bunker with Cajun Finns.