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Aug 17, 2007 09:07 AM

Fried Fish Sandwich Downtown Chicago

I'm in the mood for a fried fish sandwich for lunch. The last time I had one was at a little place on Van Buren near the Tower - not sure if it's still open. Does anyone have any advice? Hopefully within walking distance of the main Chase building.


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  1. Might wanna try this place. I used to love their HUGE fried perch sammich - hold their version of the insipidly sweet tartar sauce tho.
    Brokers Inn Restaurant -
    141 W Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL 60604-2929.
    312) 427-3645

    Not sure if they still have them or even if they are still open, but I'd guess they do, and they are since it was kind of an "institution" for fish sammiches back in the day.

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    1. re: gordeaux

      Good recommendation - the sandwich itself was a huge pile of fried perch. The tartar sauce must be taken in small amounts if at all (I'm assuming they just use sweet relish instead of chopping up their quite good pickles - yeesh!). The restaraunt itself is not the Brokers Inn (was it originally? It's the cafe on the main floor) but the fish sandwich is the "Brokers Inn Fish Sandwich".

      1. re: kirk.becker

        I haven't had one in years, but now I'm DYING to have one again. Glad to help out.
        I'm not REALLY sure of the name of the place. Back when I used to trade options, we would just go there, and we called it "Brokers." I never ever paid attention to what the name of the place was.It may have been originally called "Brokers Inn," but I cannot verify.

        1. re: gordeaux

          One more quick word to the wise - during the Lenten season, that place used to increase the portion of fish on the sammich size by about 80 percent. So if they still work it that way, then the huge sammich you got would be absolutely massive during Lent. We would routinely order one fish sammich, and two extra kaiser rolls and split the sammich three ways on Fridays.

      2. re: gordeaux

        Too bad. The tartar sauce is what makes it!

        1. re: Enso

          I find sweet, sugary, tartar sauce an abomination against humanity. I'm not sure who first needed to douse fried fish in sugar, but honestly it gives me the heebie jeebies just thinking about it. Now, on the OTHER hand, if you are talking about REAL tartar sauce made with REAL mayo, that's an ENTIRELY different story.
          Per Kirk.Becker's quote, however, it seems they use that insipidly sweet, horrible, cheap, shortcut of a tartar sauce that is the reason most people use the term "on the side." Yuck.

          1. re: gordeaux

            Just so, gordeaux. I wouldn't go unless I brought my own.

      3. Don't forget the Catfish Poor Boy at Heaven on Seven. Usually satisfies my craving for a fish sandwich. 111 N. Wabash on the seventh floor.

        1. There's a place on Jackson between State and Dearborn. Soul food fish place. Not great, but not bad. It's got a name like Fish Shack or something like that. Right next door to the Chicken Hut place.

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          1. re: Pete Oldtown

            FISH PORT is what you're thinking of. It's really a hole in the wall, but some co-workers who have given it a try have been pleasantly surprised -- may be worth a quick visit. And it's right next door to CHICKEN PLANET which, in my humble opinion, is one of the best lunch deals downtown. Make it a two-fer!

          2. It's not a sandwich, but they have good fish and chips at Macy's in the basement.

            1. Is there still a DOCK'S restaurant around the Loop? My info is out of date, but 15 years or so ago, they had the best fish sandwich - the "Fishwich" - in the known universe. It was a huge slice of deep-fried whiting on a whole-wheat roll with killer tartar sauce, lettuce, and your choice of hot sauce.

              We used to drive into the city from Clarendon Hills just to pick up a couple of these for lunch.