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Chubby Trout to offer fresh fish for home cooks

Cam Snyder has loved fresh seafood and worked to get more of it into his restaurants. Now, he’s hoping to see more of it go home with his customers as well.

Snyder, owner of Flippin’ Cow and Chubby Trout on the north side of Elkhart, was in Florida on a family vacation recently. “We were eating grouper as much as we could,” he said. While he was there, he found a source willing to ship to Elkhart via Detroit.

He put fresh grouper on the menu at Chubby Trout (2730 Cassopolis St.) on Friday and Saturday, April 25 and 26. The clean, fresh taste of the firm fish came through in the grilled preparation, served with a mango salsa. A sandwich and dinner of grouper fried in an Oberon beer batter were also available.

“In Florida, it’s everywhere,” he said.

Snyder is getting a list of what’s available in season from the docks. He can order on a Wednesday and have the fish by Friday noon. Then he’ll make it available to customers who want to purchase the fresh fish to cook at home. When we spoke with him, he was offering fresh black grouper for $22.99 a pound.

Scott Woods of Noa Noa Wood Grill & Sushi Bar (310 Eastlake Drive, Warsaw) has done the same thing at his restaurant and has put in a case to display what’s available on the menu and for purchase.

If you’re interested in what’s available and potentially order, Snyder said you can email him at If you’re at the restaurant, Snyder may well be working in the kitchen. He’s been there more lately. “I love that part of it,” he said.

When he first opened Chubby Trout, Snyder helped create the menus, but has gone into the kitchen to work on the line. He said it’s tough to find good people in the current job market. “The culinary industry is starving for talented people in this area,” he said.

Marshall V. King is managing editor and food columnist for The Elkhart Truth. You can reach him at 574-296-5805,, on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

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