Originally posted by Jimeats
I guess they don't ship Walleye to us in the east, wouldn't mind trying it. Maybe we should force their hand and refuse to ship lobsters out there. Chow Jim
Most Walleye in restaurants is actually commercially fished in Canada. The European cousin, Zander, is often imported and palmed off as Walleye in restaurants. Minnesota took restaurants to task over this practice. I would say if you don't have them on the menu out east it is because it might not be a commonly stocked fish in your lakes thus little desire and demand for it, not because it is not readily available. In Minnesota if you can catch it on your favorite lake in the summer you will want to continue eating it consistently in the winter. Not all Minnesotans ice fish. Just the crazy ones.
In the east most likely the equivalent is going to be a breaded cod filet. I had one in Worcester, MA in February. We even get that frequently in Minnesota along with Whitefish near the great lakes. In the south the equivalent most frequently will be a breaded catfish filet. I like them all but Walleye has a special taste, especially if it is fresh. But tonight I had all you can eat coconut breaded sunnies, crappies and bluegills at Nancy's Landing in Waconia, MN.