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Your Lenten Dining With Fish and Seafood: Freshen Up

Your Lenten Dining: Fresh off the debauchery of Mardi Gras, Lent (February 18 through April 2, FYI) is a time to repent and reel in those excessive tendencies, many of which may involve meat. That’s why the pre-Easter weeks are the most apt time to focus on lighter seafood and fish dishes, whether it’s pristine sushi […]

River North Reels in Chicago Restaurant Kinmont

Chicago Restaurant Kinmont, makes a splash in River North this weekend in the old Zelous space the latest restaurant from Element Collective, The latest in Element Collective’s impressive gamut of restaurants, Chicago Restaurant Kinmont makes a splash this weekend in River North. The powerhouse restaurant group has been on fire since opening Old Town Social in 2009, adding Nellcote and RM Champagne […]

If You Like Fresh Fish With That Prime Steak

         Take A Look Inside A Local Fish Distributor   The reality is Chicago’s best steakhouse’s serve some of Chicago’s best fish and steak. So just like there is prime fresh caught seafood. Here we take a look at one of Chicago’s preeminent purveyors of fine fish and seafood, flown in from […]

Friiday food porn: Elevated lobster

The sky-high views at the Signature Room at the 95th atop John Hancock Center are only part of the reason to visit. But don’t despair if the day is cloudy. Even in sunny weather, you might be too busy looking at your plate to watch the skyline. Chef Rosalia Barron’s summer menu offers such dishes […]

Friday food porn: Seared splendor

The Bedford’s signature seared scallops dish changes with the seasons. This spring the West Town supper club is pairing the shellfish with cauliflower soubise, spring succotash and soubise and topped with crispy shallots, $24.

Chicago’s shrimpy history, continued

While we’re indulging in Chicago seafood history this week, let’s talk about Chicago fried shrimp. Shacks serving breaded and fried shellfish have been a Chicago fixture since at least 1935, when Troha’s, a West Side beer and chili joint, added shrimp to the menu. Despite the introduction of shrimp DeJonghe at the turn of the […]

When did you last DeJonghe?

When was the last time you ate shrimp DeJonghe? Among the dishes invented in Chicago, shrimp DeJonghe gets perhaps the least attention, yet this scrumptious dish has the oldest pedigree of any of Chicago’s special recipes. Brothers Pierre, Henri and Charles DeJonghe came to Chicago from Belgium in 1891 and opened a restaurant at the […]

Chefs cook up ocean trash for benefit dinner

Continung the concept of Earth Day every day, at 6 p.m. on Monday, May 20, Chef Paul Fehribach of Big Jones in Andersonville hosts a “trash fish” dinner highlighting sustainable but rarely used species such as dogfish, smelt, speckled trout and triggerfish, which are typically discarded by fishermen as bycatch. Joining Fehribach in creative uses […]

It’s local, it’s seasonal, it’s smelt!

They’re tiny and fishy and only available fresh for a very brief period in the spring. Smelt season is upon us! For the ultimate Midwestern smelt experience, you have to head north to Port Washington, Wis., outside Milwaukee, for the annual American Legion Smelt Fry conducted by the Andrew Van Ells American Legion Post No. […]

Friday food porn: Something rare

Bites of seared ahi tuna ahi tuna. served with wasabi cream cheese-mashed potato wontons, avocado mango salsa, and ginger-soy reduction, $15, at People’s Tapas Lounge in Wicker Park.