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Best raw oysters in Chicago

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jbeaux Feb 20, 2007 01:15 PM

I'm soliciting recommendations for the best raw oysters downtown. However, I'm not particularly interested in any uber-swank restaurants, aka dress code, $50 entree-types, unless the oysters are *incroyable*. If it'll help, anything like what they've got at Hog Island oysters in SF would be great. Small and creamy, Kumamoto types. Thanks.

  1. nsxtasy Feb 20, 2007 02:47 PM

    Yup. Fulton's, Hugo's, and Shaw's for the best, downtown. Info:

    Fulton's on the River
    315 N. LaSalle Street
    Chicago, Illinois 60610
    312.822.0100
    www.levyrestaurants.com/Levy/DiningExperiences/Restaurants/Group9/Fultons+on+the+River.htm

    Hugo's Frog Bar
    1024 Rush St.
    Chicago 60611
    312-640-0999
    www.hugosfrogbar.com

    Shaw's Crab House
    21 E Hubbard Street
    Chicago, Illinois 60611
    312-527-2722
    www.shawscrabhouse.com

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      jesteinf Feb 20, 2007 02:27 PM

      Fulton's on the River has the best that I've had here. In terms of what's available, it will vary day to day based on what's best. Their exec chef, a guy absolutely obsessed with all things oyster, was recently written up in the Reader. Also, last week I had lunch at the bar while he shucked a beautiful plate of oysters for me and two companions. It was a delicious and educational lunch.

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        NDJ Feb 20, 2007 02:03 PM

        Hugo's Frog Bar hands down. They are impeccable and they have a nice mignonette (I know spelling off probably)...their's sauce is kind of frozen and shaved giving a great textural and flavor compliment to the oysters.

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