If you can’t make a trip down to the Big Easy, never fear: Fish Bar in Lakeview has you covered. They recently revamped their menu to craft a series of down-home, yet refined, set of offerings based on the experiences of chef Michael Kornick’s tenure in New Orleans in the 1980s.
Working with Fish Bar Chef David Colocho, Kornick has created a wide array of dishes that speak to the culinary traditions of the South, with a focus on simply prepared seafood amidst rather convivial surroundings. When I stopped by, I had a whirlwind tour of some raw oysters to start my meal. You can have them prepared with cocktail sauce, salmon pearls, or with lemon creme fraiche.
As you move on, I’d also suggest the impressive Kale Crush salad, which brings together a dozen ingredients, including fennel, radish, scallions, and celery. It’s the perfect accompaniment to any of the other seafood dishes and hey, it tastes pretty darn healthy and good to boot.
In terms of mains, I’d recommend the pecan crusted catfish or the blackened redfish. The toast points are another great option, and they include a Maryland blue crab with spicy remoulade and another that marries crispy oysters with a tabasco-lemon aioli.
You definitely won’t want to miss their drink selections and if you can make it in early, check out their happy hour, which runs from 3-6PM Wednesday through Friday. During these three glorious hours, you can grab a half-price cocktail and $2.50 fried oysters. Oh, and one more thing: they also have an outpost at Navy Pier, if you find yourself checking out the views from the scenic lakefront outpost.
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Lakeview: 2956 North Sheffield Ave.
Navy Pier: 600 E. Grand Ave.
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