New Minnesota Cookbook

Does anyone remember Joe Huie’s Cafe and his incredible fried shrimp? I’m finding more and more interest in Joe and the Huie family history, and over the years I’ve searched for his “secret recipe” that I remember as a kid (so many claimed to have it, but of course no one did). Just today in searching yet again for any recipe that may be similar I came across this book from an article in the Duluth Herald.

It just came out in October and there are a large number of great reviews about it, but best it includes Joe Huie’s famous fried shrimp recipe, another family member’s recipe(s) (I haven’t ordered it yet so I’m not sure how many) and a lot of other well-known Asian restaurant recipes from over the years, plus a history of how the Asian influence changed Minnesota. I can’t wait to get it!

Last year in searching I came across a Joe Huie’s Cafe menu on eBay, in brand new condition. The seller lives in California and I live in Vermont, but we are both originally from Duluth. What a small world, and it was so cool to “talk” about the old days. Joe Huie’s is one of those iconic memories that brings me back to when I was a kid on Lake Superior. Great times.



about 7 years ago

I'm too young to remember Joe Huie's, but am very aware of his legacy and famous shrimp. My favorite anecdote is how he had a sign in the window that read something like "Lost key, we never close."  I just ordered the book myself - Thanks for posting this Laura.


about 7 years ago

When I was a kid, my dad worked for Lyle Bros. and would occasionally bring take-out home from Joe's.  Being that there were too many kids in our house, he only brought enough for him and my mom. Once in a while, my mom would sneak me a single bite. That certainly made it all the more exotic.

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