Chicago: Calumet Fisheries

We had some extra spare time in Chicago. We had a car. So we decided to take the scenic route, tour the south side, and stop by this Anthony Bourdain-recommended, take-out only outpost that specializes in smoked fish.

Calumet Fisheries - Store

With no seatings or bathrooms, this was a take-out only place. It was also out of our way – very out in fact. As we made the drive in our rented Mustang, the tall buildings of the Chicago downtown core became smaller and smaller behind us. The locale was replaced with old, run down buildings from Grand Theft Auto. We were in the South Side.

We ordered in the small building and because it was so cold and windy, we had to pile back into our tiny Mustang to devour our bounty. It was a rental and the car wasn’t ours so it’s all good.

Calumet Fisheries - Oysters

Calumet Fisheries - Scallops

Trout. Sadly, I’m not having the same experience as other people because the trout that I got was cold and almost tasteless. I could detect a remnant of the smoky taste but that was it. I do like the texture and taste on the skin though. But other than that, pretty disappointing because I was expecting a lot.
Calumet Fisheries - Trout


Name: Calumet Fisheries
Address: 3259 E. 95th Street Chicago, IL 60617 USA (Map)
Phone: 773.933.9855
Menu: Link
Dishes You Must Try: Smoked Trout, Fries, Fried Oysters
OpenTable Profile: N/A
Calumet Fisheries Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato Rating: 4.1/5 (out of 143 votes, as of this writing)
Yelp Rating: 4.5/5 (out of 261 reviews, as of this writing)
Finest Dish’s Quality Rating: 2.5/5
Finest Dish’s Service Rating: 2/5

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