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Walk Through Snaggletooth, Lakeview's Cured Fish & Bagel Oasis, Now Open

It's back to basics for this ex-C Chicago chef.

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This afternoon, Snaggletooth opened its doors for the first time to the general public. A grand opening is planned for 9 a.m. on Saturday with Sparrow Coffee Roasters' Chris Chacko pouring coffee until 10 a.m. This snug space focuses on cured fish, an attempt by Bill Montagne to recenter himself and return to basics after his abrupt departure as chef at C Chicago. He's joined by C Chicago colleague Jennifer Kim, and they're excited about their two-level space, presenting fish in simple, yet creative, manners.

Snaggletooth's look is inspired by Jewish delis, and visitors are immediately greeted by a refrigerated deli counter filled with fish. There's 17 seats, including a window counter. The chalkboard menu features rotating tartines, and take a glance at the fresh-baked bagels hanging from the wall. A variety of schmears are also available, as are Sparrow coffees and Rare Tea Cellar offerings. For sweet teeth, the brioche crack looks to be an addicting offering made with pearl sugar.

They're open now, albeit with a limited menu. Montagne and Kim want to make sure mornings are better in Lakeview, so check out the photos above and that menu below.

Snaggletooth, 2819 N. Southport Ave., (773) 899-4711. Open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Closed Monday and Friday.

Snaggletooth Opening Menu

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