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Figjam Apr 18, 2007 01:54 AM

I am hoping for some help finding razor clams in Chicago. I remember seeing them in a "No Reservations" episode and have been frustrated in my attempts to find them here. I would be willing to drive in order to try them but a downtown location would be ideal.

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    Erik M Apr 18, 2007 07:00 AM

    I have purchased them a number of times at Mayflower Market in the Chinatown Mall. You might also try Chinatown Market, directly across the street.

    Mayflower
    2140 S. Archer
    312.326.7440

    Chinatown Market
    2121 S. Archer
    312.881.0068

    E.M.

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      kuri Apr 20, 2007 11:17 AM

      I'll be in Chicago for 6 days next week. Could you recommand any good Chinese restaurant with great seafood dishes? I am from SF, would like to take my non-Asian friends to one. Thanks for your help.

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        Erik M Apr 20, 2007 12:07 PM

        Knowing nothing about your tastes (or the tastes of your friends), here is what I suggest...

        ...go to MenuPages Chicago...

        http://chicago.menupages.com/

        ...and, for straightforward, mostly Cantonese-style seafood, review the following menus:

        Ken Kee
        Mountain View Chef
        Phoenix

        ...and, for more exotic, Szechaun, Shanghai, and Taiwanese-style seafood, review these menus:

        KS Seafood (Taiwanese
        )Lao Sze Chuan

        ALL of the above are high-traffic, high-turnover restaurants, with a high percentage of Chinese diners, and I have had numerous high-quality seafood-oriented meals at each one.

        E.M.

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          kuri Apr 20, 2007 02:16 PM

          Thanks so much. I'll let you know how dinner turns out.

    2. YoYoPedro Apr 18, 2007 07:49 AM

      I have seen them at Super H Mart in Niles quite recently.

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        rubinow Apr 18, 2007 09:02 AM

        Yes Super H Mart. Definitely frozen ones. They probably have fresh ones occasionally, too.

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          Figjam Apr 18, 2007 10:00 AM

          Thanks for your help, this gives me a couple of choices. This board is wonderful, always people willing to help another.

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            Erik M Apr 18, 2007 11:37 AM

            Well, I, for one, fail to see the point in buying frozen razor clams.

            ;)

            E.M.

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              rubinow Apr 18, 2007 01:41 PM

              that's why I put that caveat there.

              When I was in Spain, I had grilled razor clams with lemon and they were great. Frozen ones wouldn't have the same affect.

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              MikeLM Apr 18, 2007 02:14 PM

              Wow, I'll watch to see if fresh razor clams are available around the area.

              I had them in Oregon, at the Adobe Motel restaurant in Yachats, Oregon in the late 1960's. I understood they have become so scarce they're on the threatened species list, at least in the Pacific NW Coast area. (Not my fault, I only ate a few and then moved out of the PNW.).

              They're great fried, and I'm sure there are many other great ways to fix them.

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                Erik M Apr 18, 2007 03:02 PM

                In season, you will sometimes see them on special offer at Chinese restaurants in Chinatown. The preparation is usu. fairly simple, involving a quick stir-fry or steam, followed by the addition of black bean sauce, chile, ginger, cilantro, etc.

                And, I do the same at home to great success.

                Anyway, a picture of steamed razor clams can be found in this report:

                http://www.kitchenchick.com/2006/03/g...

                E.M.

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                YoYoPedro Apr 18, 2007 04:17 PM

                They had fresh ones as well as frozen when I was there 2 weekends ago. Call first. Good luck.

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