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Good Seafood in the LOOP?

ethorsen Apr 14, 2008 01:06 PM

My in-laws will be staying at the Palmer House this weekend and are looking for a good mid-level seafood restaurant. I saw Nicks Fish House, but online it seems to be very expensive.

I need a restaurant on the higher quality, moderate price plan if possible.

definitely looking for seafood however.

thx for any guidance and recommendations!

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    papagoph Apr 18, 2008 08:49 PM

    Within a recent two week period both my wife and I individually visited Chicago for work. We both happened to stayed at the Marriott Renaissance on Wacker. My wife had dinner at Catch 35; I found my way to McCormick and Schmicks. Each is about a half block from the hotel.

    My dinner at McCormick and Schmick was disappointing and the service was wanting. I ordered Mahi-Mahi and it was served overcooked with an overly salty sauce. For the price I paid I left very disappointed. My wife on the other hand raved about her meal at Catch 35. Good luck.

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    1. re: papagoph
      weinstein5 Apr 20, 2008 02:27 PM

      I have eaten at M&S in s number of cities and hve them all yo br disappointing -

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      ciesel Apr 16, 2008 06:56 PM

      Catch 35 - Yes

      Houlihan's - OMG, must be an employee

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      1. re: ciesel
        joschus Apr 17, 2008 06:15 AM

        Catch 35 is wonderful. And, the last time I was there they had a very good pianist playing during the Happy Hour. Nicks used to be good - at least the one by O'hare but has gone down big time over the years - and is expensive! Houlihans? Why? You can get a fish sandwich at McD's and not even get out of your car!

      2. nsxtasy Apr 15, 2008 07:55 AM

        Nick's Fishmarket is expensive and not worth it IMHO.

        There are three excellent restaurants specializing in seafood, all within a block of the Chicago River just north of the Loop, about a 10-15 minute walk from the Palmer House. One is the previously-mentioned Catch 35, on Wacker on the south bank of the river. Just across the river are Shaw's Crab House ( www.shawscrabhouse.com ) and Fulton's on the River ( www.levyrestaurants.com ).

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          jenniefer333 Apr 15, 2008 04:12 AM

          I like to recommend you HOULIHAN'S on 111 E Wacker Dr for American Seafood.
          The location is great, food is delicious and the service is top notch.
          You can also make use of this search engine http://www.boorah.com/restaurants/ to find restaurants specializing in Sea food & for reviews

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          1. re: jenniefer333
            chicgail Apr 15, 2008 04:32 AM

            Houlihans? It's a shopping mall chain. The location may be good, but I have serious questions about the quality of the food.

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              lbs Apr 15, 2008 07:43 AM

              Agree with Chicgail. Houlihans is below average chain. I had no idea that there was even one in the loop. Please do not waste your money on it. I have had some good fish preps at steakhouses. Keefers had some tasty choices. You may want to think in that direction.

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            turkob Apr 14, 2008 02:48 PM

            A great option in the loop is Catch 35.

            If you're willing to travel a little bit to River North (only a couple blocks out of the loop) you might like Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak, and Stone Crab

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            1. re: turkob
              BarbaraM48 Apr 14, 2008 05:29 PM

              Joe's is very expensive.

              1. re: turkob
                weinstein5 Apr 14, 2008 08:19 PM

                IMHO Catch 35 is the best seafood in the loop -

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