If you give a man a fish, he’ll eat for a day, but if you teach a man to fish, he’ll start wearing yellow rain slickers and trying to work the word “nor’easter” into every conversation. Save friends from a lifestyle change with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of fried and fresh seafood takeout at The Fish Keg.
Faithfully helmed by members of the Hansen family for more than half a century, The Fish Keg anchors its place as a local seafood institution with house-made batter and sauces and a menu of fresh ocean fare flown in daily from ports around the globe. Guests cart ready-made platters of spicy Cajun rainbow trout sided with mashed potatoes and mixed vegetables ($7.99) to waiting dinner tables, or order hand-breaded filets of Atlantic scrod ($9.99 for 8–10 pieces), fish cakes ($8.99 for 4 pieces), or Lake Superior perch ($12.99 for 10–11 pieces) to pan-fry at home or hide in a roommate's hamper. Freshly crafted cocktail and tartar sauces ($2.19 for 8 oz.) add tangy accents to take-home feasts of Gulf shrimp ($22.99 for 28–36 pieces). Because The Fish Keg flies in a mouthwatering cargo of seafood each day, guests can often send in special requests for items such as Maine mussels and live clams with at least 24 hours notice by phone or maritime signal flag.
The Fish Keg
A vintage, barrel-shaped neon sign shimmers against the rough brick exterior of The Fish Keg, where the Hansen family draws on 50 years of experience to hand-bread shrimp, fish, and chicken and concoct made-from-scratch tartar and cocktail sauces. Shipments of seafood fly in daily from around globe to star in the rotating menu, which changes according to the availability of quirky fishing-boat names. Orange roughy arrives from New Zealand, and shrimp bursts in from the Gulf of Mexico to don cloaks of spicy batter and splash into the golden depths of a deep fryer.
Spices, mixes, and goods from Zatarain's crowd colorful shelves, begging to bring their piquant fragrances to home kitchens. The Hansen family's happy chatter wafts into the dining room as they craft custom party platters that fuel shindigs and offer tailored maritime experiences without the embarrassment of an overly snug lobster costume.
West Rogers Park
2233 Howard St.
Chicago, Illinois 60645Get Directions