Turning up famished, we decided to have a snack at one of the half dozen two-seater tables by the front windows before we got our goods. (There's also a chic, clean, white bar on the other side of the room, across from the fish cases.) Both of us had a cup of the shrimp bisque ($8 each). It was delicious. Rather than having a sweet flavor, as lobster bisque often does from the lobster and sherry or cognac at the end, this had a smoky, meaty aroma. The base was perfectly smooth and creamy with the shrimp providing the texture. After our snack, I took a good look at the fresh seafood. It was all beautiful and I opted for some giant, wild shrimp from Texas ($20/pound). There were many other things I could have chosen from but I already had in mind a red chili and paprika shrimp tapas dish. My buddy also bought a bunch of store-made crab cakes ($5 each) and gave me a couple. I can't wait to have them!
4423 N. Elston Ave. Chicago, IL 60630.
On-street Parking is available as well as a front loading zone for customers.The market is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday - Saturday
The kitchen is open from 11:30 to 4:30.