1205 N. Calumet Avenue
Hammond IN
(219) 659-0025

Open for Lunch and Dinner
Tuesday thru Sunday

I haven't been in a place like this since Blue Nun was considered a premium wine. Right out of the 50's - relishes served before the meal, black semi-circle banquettes, soft olive green walls, one wall mirrored. The kind of place the Moore parents took their kid to celebrate a special occasion.

Phil Smidt's actually dates back to 1910. All along they have been famous for two specialities - frog legs and lake perch. Sauteed or fried, but according to my waitress, most people order them sauteed. I went for a combo, sauteed frogs legs and perch. Came with fresh made tartar sauce that had a green hue to it. Quite good.

Alas I found out too late, they're also famous for their gooseberry pie. Worth a return trip.