Calumet Fisheries: A South Side Institution

Shelby and Sara flew out to Chicago for a small vacation, and we had a wonderful opportunity to spend part of the weekend with them. They’ve been to Chicago a few times before, so they were wary of the tourist traps. After spending the day at the Art Institute, Shel and Sara invited us to go to Calumet Fisheries in South Chicago. This tiny, obscure take-out restaurant was featured on Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations and has a James Beard award. The commute there was almost as interesting as the eatery. We took the Metra to the last stop in the area, then walked for a few blocks in a sketchy industrial area. The trip included walking under a bridge and sitting on the street next to a closed bridge to eat. The smoked fish that Calumet is famous for was great. We ordered smoked salmon and sturgeon along with sweet potato tater tots, slaw, and several deep-fried seafood items. I passed on the deep-fried seafood, but still felt the protein overload. Shelby and Sara will be guest bloggers who will review this experience in more detail. More on Calumet Fisheries! Enjoy the photos.

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