Monday, January 26, 2015

Joe Who?

New shellfish standby Joe Fish drops anchor in River North


You’ve slurped the oysters at Pearl Tavern and tackled the seafood tower at Kinmont. Now you’re looking for a seafood spot to satisfy those everyday aquatic cravings.
Enter Joe Fish, the everyman's oasis of urban seafood, newly opened by the Rosebud Group in River North.
In an inviting mix of casual eatery meets urban chic, hand-carved wood fixtures are textured to mimic fish scales while 13-foot floor-to-ceiling sliding windows allow natural light to fill the room.

But no, this isn't a giant fishbowl. 10-foot round chandeliers ensure things stay sexy at night.
Bring a date who appreciates the finer things (like scallop crudo with watercress and pink grapefruit) but isn't afraid to get her hands dirty opening stone crab claws. Pair either course with Bang Bang biscuits served with Himalayan rock salt and whipped lardo.

Then it's time for fish. Your toughest decision: Chilean sea bass with la quercia prosciutto, sage, lentils, and arugula pesto, or a hauntingly succulent portion of aquarella risotto popping with every crustacean imaginable: lobster, crab, shrimp, mussels, clams and calamari.

Once you're done emptying the sea of fish, toast to your aquatic domination with a glass of wine from the Mediterranean or one of several crafted cocktails like the Reviver #3, made with Death’s Door gin and absinthe.

Because even your average Joe needs a shot of absinthe every now and then.

Joe Fish
445 N. Dearborn St. (at W. Illinois St.), River North
(312) 832-7700

Price: 2 (out of 4)
Noise: 3 (out of 4)
Subway: Red Line to Grand
Scene: A low-key crowd of downtown workers, seafood foodies, and Michigan Avenue tourists
Best bets: Bang Bang biscuit; filet medallions Diane; Chilean sea bass
Nearby: RPM Italian; Sable Kitchen + Bar; Hub 51

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