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Jan 2, 2009 04:29 PM

Fried oysters on the north shore?

Can anyone recommend a restaurant that serves breaded fried oysters? I want to take my parents, who live in No-Man's-Land (northern Wilmette, on the lake), and don't like to travel into the city any more. Evanston or north would be great.

By the way, my initial search turned up the thread about riverside fish shacks that fried shrimp. What a blast of nostalgia! I live in San Francisco now, but one of my fondest Chicago food memories is a greasy brown bag full of those crunchy sweet amazingly-seasoned critters. It's great to hear that there are still a few of these joints left.

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  1. If you're looking for a riverside fish shack type place where you can buy fried oysters, then the Fish Keg ( ) on Howard Street is the closest you'll find, I think. (It's technically in Chicago, but it's right across the street from Evanston.)

    If you're looking for a restaurant serving them, though, I just don't know of one. I can recommend a whole bunch of North Shore seafood restaurants that serve oysters; ranking them from best to worst, I would start with Mitchell's Fish Market in Glenview, and proceed through Bonefish Grill in Skokie, Davis Street Fishmarket in Evanston, Don's Fishmarket in Skokie, McCormick and Schmick in Skokie, and Bob Chinn's in Wheeling. However, although all of them serve oysters on the half shell, and some of them serve them in other ways like baked or grilled, I'm not aware of any which serves them fried. Although I suppose you can always ask, even if it's not on the menu. Maybe someone else knows where they have fried oysters on the menu.

    4 Replies
    1. re: nsxtasy

      Thanks, nsxtasy. We're going to try Mitchell's. I'll report back. And I doubt that I'll be able to stay away from The Fish Keg.

      1. re: BaraXan

        Mitchell's is wonderful. They have a selection of half shell type stuff. I enjoy their kung pao calamari, if you like spicy stuff. I also like their shang hai preparations, fish steamed in a soy ginger sauce. And check out their combination plates for an assortment of their specialties. Enjoy!

        1. re: BaraXan

          Dixie Kitchen in Evanston has them -- on their own or in a po' boy.

          1. re: ferret

            This place looks fantastic. Thanks!