Illinois May 07, 2019
8 Seafood Restaurants That Will Make You Think Illinois Is Right By The Ocean
The closest thing we get to an ocean in Illinois is Lake Michigan, and with the nearest coast hundreds of miles away, the second best option is definitely one the these eight seafood restaurants. Oysters, fried fish, shrimp, lobster, and so much more can be found at these excellent eateries.
Some of these hot spots are even situated on the water, increasing the chances you’ll feel like you’re dining by the ocean. Check it out:
1. Boston Fish Market
In business since 1995, this eatery pushes 200,000 pounds of salmon and 100,000 pounds of whitefish each week, making it the largest seafood processor in the Midwest. This is the best place to come for fresh, wholesale fish of all sorts.
to learn more about what types you can get.
Address: 1225 Forest Avenue, Des Plaines, IL 60018
2. Carter's Fish Market
This Central Illinois restaurant has been a favorite since the 1980s, and it is all about the fried catfish, walleye, shrimp, and hushpuppies. This window-service joint is a tradition for those who know about it, and it's often considered the best in the state. To find out why,
Address: 1900 South Grand Avenue East, Springfield, IL 62703
3. Crazy Joe's Fish House
This eccentric, hole-in-the-wall restaurant has been keeping locals full of fried fish and cold beer since 1995. Situated in a remote spot, this casual and laid-back restaurant is a dying breed. BBQ, homemade chips, and live music keep this place hopping all week long. Learn more about it
Address: 693 Suchman Road, Ava, IL 62907
4. Family Fishery
One of the oldest seafood restaurants in the state, this joint has been in business since 1976. It is known for its fish-by-the-pound, bottomless seafood dinners, and wide variety of fresh catches.
to learn more.
Address: 412 North Lake Street., Mundelein, IL 60060
You'll definitely feel like you're on an ocean when you dine at this wonderful spot. Enjoy fried fish and shrimp dinners as well as tacos. Even guests who don't enjoy seafood will love the menu at this restaurant. Get more information
Address: 13551 Dam East Access Area, Carlyle, IL 62231
6. Islamorada Fish Company
Featuring a 13,000-gallon fish tank, this is one of Illinois' most magnificent seafood restaurants. Dine on a menu of catfish, redfish, mahi mahi, salmon, shrimp, tilapia, and mussels while you watch a gorgeous aquatic world come to life.
to learn more about this incredible spot inside the Bass Pro Shop.
Address: 709 Janes Avenue, Bolingbrook, IL 60440
7. Jonah's Seafood House & 2601 Oyster Bar
Since 1986, this charming fish house has been known for its fresh lobster, oysters, and fish. It is situated on the Illinois River and has a casual atmosphere and incredible menu. Find out about the ocean-themed dinners you can get
Address: 2601 North Main Street, East Peoria, IL 61611
8. The Shrimp Barn
This quirky, vintage restaurant is known for serving a wide variety of seafood such as frogs legs, alligator, and octopus. Some of the best eats here are found on the appetizer list. Learn more about this hot spot
Address: 125 West Mondamin Street., Minooka, IL 60447
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What other seafood restaurants make you feel like you’re on the coast? Share your favorites with us below in the comments.