2956 N. Sheffield Ave. 773-687-8177
Rating: !!!! (out of 4) Already hot
The scene: Packed to the gills. Fish Bar in Lakeview is tiny, so if you’re dining with a group of four, make a reservation for one of a few booths. Seating is first come, first served at barstools for parties of one, two or three; groups larger than four are out of luck (or as the sassy menu says, “Go next door” to DMK Burger Bar, also owned by Michael Kornick and David Morton).
The food: Clam chowder ($6) has a spicy kick, while the lobster roll (market price, which was $16 for us) overflows with celery mayo-dressed chunks of lobster on a buttery roll. My friend is still talking about how much the crab cake sandwich (called a “crabby patty” here) made his night.
The drinks: At $5-$6, the price is right for countrified cocktails (a paloma and sweet tea, among others) served in glass jars. The beer menu is labeled “From Brussels with love,” with Belgian imports and Belgian-style brews. For wine, see two choices under the “Grape juice” section: a riesling and sauv blanc for $7 a glass.
Bottom line: If you’re willing to wait, Fish Bar makes a fun fish run. I can’t wait for the next sunny day so I can return to slurp ceviche and sip rum punch in a tank top and flip flops.