I grew up on the South Side during the Fifties but have lived in Boston since 1962. When I was a kid, for special family events, we went to Phil Smidt's, in Whiting. Loved eating there. My late father knew the Smidt family going back to the earliest days of the restaurant and I recall fondly our family going through platter after platter of fabulous sauteed perch in those all-you-could-eat days. Those were very happy times.
Sad that Smidts is no more. Fortunately, in 1998, I was to take my then ninety-year old mother to Smidt's one last time shortly before she died.
My wife and I are going to be in Chicago and southern Wisconsin (Milwaukee and Kenosha) for a few days in March and I hope that Chicago Hounds can suggest a place or two (in either location) that comes close to what Smidt's used to be. Got out to Teibel's a couple of years ago but we won't be that far south this time, and in my opinion, Teibel's, although good, was never the equivalent of Smidt's.
Thanks for your thoughts.