Midwesterners love their fried fish, and Chicagoans are no exception. Those looking to avoid red meat can find a bountiful variety of deep-fried delicacies ranging from British-inspired fish and chips to cornbread-coated catfish. Southern-style fillets are popular as well thanks to unique hot and mild sauces that act as a perfect complement. Of course, Chicago's neighbors to the north have also had an influence. Wisconsin-style fish fries on Friday nights are a part of Midwestern culture, and there are several restaurants that have brought a taste of America's Dairyland to the Second City.
Some prefer Atlantic cod while others favor perch. But there’s no denying that these crispy, salty, and sometimes beer-battered pieces of fish are simply irresistible. Especially when they’re dipped in hot sauce, malt vinegar, or tartar sauce. And don't forget the noble catfish either, because deep-frying can make anything taste wonderful. The latest additions to the map include the Duck Inn, Troha’s Chicken & Shrimp House, and L. Woods Tap & Pine Lodge.
As of February 16, Chicago restaurants are permitted to serve customers indoors with a 40 percent maximum capacity per room, or 50 people — whichever is fewer. At the same time, despite winter weather, a number of Chicago restaurants continue to offer outdoor seating. Regardless, the state requires reservations for both indoor and outdoor dining. The level of service offered is indicated on each map point. However, this should not be taken as an endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns. For updated information on coronavirus cases in your area, please visit the city of Chicago’s COVID-19 dashboard. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.Read More