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King Crab Tavern & Seafood Grill

View Map1816 N. Halsted St., Chicago
Tel: (312) 280-8990
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Editorial Review of King Crab Tavern & Seafood Grill

Load up on shrimp.
photo: Steph Yiu
Good grub at a good place; it's as simple as that. There's nothing fancy about King Crab Tavern & Seafood Grill, with its giant fish ornaments and wooden bowls, so it's time to get your hands dirty—down a Grolsh with your complimentary garlic bread and dig in.

There's no better way to do so than with a $14 cold combo appetizer of oysters, clams, crab and shrimp. You'll soon be committing all sorts of dining room faux pas, but licking your fingers and slurping your oysters are de rigueur at King Crab.

When you get to the entrees, bypass the Landlubber dishes (chicken, ribs) for soft shell crab, lobster (pricey, at $40) or impeccably grilled salmon with champagne sauce. The portions aren't huge, so you'll be happy you ordered an appetizer, but for the price you're paying, you'll be happier that you don't leave anything on the plate.

It's best to go to King Crab on any day but Saturday, when you can catch daily specials that knock entrees down to a more affordable $13-$19. Expect to drop about $60 for a two-person meal. It's not cheap, but for good seafood in a totally inconspicuous place where you and your date can really get talking over a plate of oysters at midnight, it's worth it.

Average cost: $10-$20

Centerstage Reviewer: Steph Yiu

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