- $22 for $40 toward seafood at Chicago Oyster House
Chicago Oyster House
At the intersection of South Indiana Avenue and East Cullerton Street—and behind a thin veneer of glass and concrete—lies the ocean. Well, all the tasty parts of it, anyway. The Chicago Oyster house's chefs specialize in preparing fresh eats from the world's depths—particularly those best served raw or extremely fresh—as in oysters, sushi, and lobster.
To get their freshest bites to to each hungry mouth, they run two bars inside the space. The first is dedicated to dozens of East- and West-Coast oyster varieties, each served in their own shells atop a bed of ice. At the second bar, the chefs put their focus on the art of sushi as they wrap raw tuna or cooked eel in colorful, bite-size morsels of rice, seaweed, and sauce.
Behind the scenes, the kitchen prepares flame- and steam-licked hot dishes, from grilled calamari to delicate, deep-fried soft-shell crab. But the standout here is the Maine lobster: transported live from the East Coast, it's steamed or grilled on order and served with a side of drawn butter which is best used to draw a picture expressing your gratitude on the back of your receipt.