There are few things I enjoy more than the thought of publicly humiliating myself as a wobbly stool slowly collapses beneath me. That thought becomes even more enjoyable when I visualize myself slowly falling to the floor with a cod sandwich in my hand and a smile on my face. My visualization almost became a reality at Fish Bar the newly opened sustainable, wild caught and responsibly farmed fish shack in the Lakeview neighborhood.
Fish Bar is a small teal-colored spot right next to DMK Burger, you know the grass fed beef place, in Lakeview. Its super chill fish shack vibe is refreshing and reminiscent of some of the joints on the coast I’ve visited. It’s bustling with people, loud and has limited space for parties of four. We waited 5 minutes for a couple of stools to open up at the fish bar, but I have heard the wait can be much, much longer.
We stopped in for a snack and opted for an eclectic mix of items that we normally find appealing hoping that we would be amazed at the sustainable, wild caught and responsibly farmed seafood that would now grace our plate. We started with the fish of the day pineapple ceviche(spanish mackerel), a gumbo for g, and the clam chowder for me. The ceviche came to the table in a cute little mason glass and we grabbed some silverware and napkins from the counter in front of us. It was just a little too sweet for my taste… which is rare. The gumbo was fine, but we would have liked a few larger pieces of crab or andouille and the clam chowder could have been a little thicker with more flavor for the likes of me. We ordered the fried calamari, which was described to us as “a little different”, as it is served with spicy peppers and parmesan cheese. I so very much wanted to enjoy this, but it was too limp and greasy. The peppers were a good addition, though. At this point our snacks didn’t seem to fulfill us so we selected… the cod sandwich, and oh man was that good! No seriously, it was soo good, perfectly executed and so moist in the middle. Yum!
I really wanted to love this place and its sustainable options, but on this day we found that the awesome restaurant concept outweighed the execution of our meal. But don’t get me wrong. I will come back, maybe after they have had a chance to work out the quirks of a new restaurant and find that missing screw from my wobbly bar stool. I’m hoping on my next visit the clam chowder will be heartier, the fried calmari will be super crispy, and the cod sandwich will be exactly the same!
Fish Bar | 2956 N Sheffield Ave | Chicago, IL 60657 | (773) 687-8177