Seafood is hard to do well at home and it's best to buy fish fresh and prepare it that night, neither undercooking nor turning it into a Dr. Scholl’s shoe insert. Good luck with that after a long day at work - or just rely on any of these sea faring eateries.
What's your go-to? Oysters, the bracing bivalves that Casanova called “a spur to the spirit and to love“ or a comforting platter of fried perch sided with potato pancakes and cold one?
Chicago claims a bevy of strictly seafood eateries that range from the messy (Lowcountry) to the posh (Truluck's). For large portions and BYOB, get to Boston Fish Market and oyster and crab lovers land trophy sized love at Shaw's Crab House Chicago. We love our Lake Michigan but you can get shellfish plucked from the ocean less than a day ago at places like Hugo's Frog Bar and Fish House and Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab. Since Chicagoans don't have an accent at all, we like to rib or northeastern pals by asking them to "pahk the cah" so we can hit up Oyster Bah in Lincoln Park.
Let's drop our lines and see what we catch!