Fish Bar: The Real Deal

April 04 2011 - 11:45 AM


Editor's note– Welome to our new writer, Ashley Streichert, a Loyola grad who loves food and the conversations food creates.

If you love seafood, then you must check out Lakeview's new restaurant Fish Bar. The owner's of DMK opened up this restaurant in the beginning of March and they really hit the nail on the head. The concept is simple, the food is fresh, and the prices are right.

I went to Fish Bar on a Thursday evening and waited an hour for a table. The wait was tolerable. You can grab drinks from the bar, hang out and peruse the menu. They have a nice selection of craft beers, including Blanche de Bruxellea Witbier for $5.50 a pint. They also had Bloody Mary oyster shooters for $4, which I couldn't pass up.

If you'd rather walk right in and grab a seat, they do offer call ahead seating and reservations. Also, be advised, that they can only accommodate parties with less than four people. There are only 30 seats in the house.

The specials of the night included an Eastern fluke tartare and a salmon carpaccio. They also have ceviche and grilled fish. These change weekly, depending on what fish they have shipped in and what fish is in season.

We were seated at the diner style bar, on rustic bar stools and ordered the fried lemons, onions, and jalapenos to start the meal. This dish was great. The fried lemons were fantastic and refreshing. We also tried the salmon carpaccio.

This raw flank of salmon was garnished with crumbled egg yolk, capers, fennel, and arugula. It was fantastic.

For our main course we ordered the lobster roll ($18, market price) and the oyster po' boy, both excellent choices. The lobster roll was served with a celery mayo. The taste was fresh and authentic. The oyster po' boy was piled with three giant fried oysters, a spicy slaw, and a sweet remoulade.

Both sandwiches were served on a perfectly toasted bun. They get their bread from a private, local baker.

We topped off our meal with an Old School, their most popular mixed drink, which includes tequila, grapefruit juice, and sprite. According to my boyfriend, "This tastes like spring break 2007." He was most definitely right.

To compliment the drinks, we sampled the eastern fluke tartare. This was served with saltine crackers. The smooth texture and spicy pepper mix was a great way to finish off the meal.

I'm excited to dine at Fish Bar again and sample the other dishes on the menu. Everything I ate was extremely fresh. They also pride themselves on serving "sustainable, wild caught, and responsibly caught seafood."

I've had seafood from the coast many times, and I'm happy to say that eating at Fish Bar is like eating in Florida. The seafood is so delicious, it tastes like it was caught hours before it was put on your plate.

If you love seafood, then you must check out Fish Bar.

Fish Bar
2956 N Sheffield Ave
(773) 687-8177

–Ashley Streichert