Fresh oysters are the perfect treat for a steamy North Shore summer. Sheridan Road combed through local restaurants to find some of the best places to try these tasty seaside delicacies.
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Bob Chinn’s Crabhouse
Enjoy the assortment of enticing oysters served at Bob Chinn’s Crabhouse, including the signature fried, sautéed, or pepper-style Oysters Rockefeller appetizer. For those with a taste for the traditional, the Oysters Casino appetizer features choice raw oysters served on the half shell.
Bob Chinn’s is located at 393 S. Milwaukee Avenue in Wheeling. For more information, call 847-520-3633, or visit www.bobchinns.com.
Bertucci’s Steak and Seafood
Bertucci’s serves both raw oysters on the half shell and their own version of Oysters Rockefeller. Succulent Blue Point Oysters are topped with spinach and Parmesan according to tradition, the addition of anisette is a modern touch.
Bertucci’s is located at 246 Green Bay Road in Highwood. For more information, call 847-432-6663, or visit www.bertuccisitaliansteakhouse.com.
Davis Street Fishmarket
Renowned for their fresh oysters shucked to
order, Davis Street Fishmarket is one of the North Shore’s best spots for seafood. They also offer an outstanding oyster po’ boy sandwich and “Angels on Horseback”—bacon-wrapped oysters French-fried with a sweet teriyaki sauce.
Davis Street Fishmarket is located at 501 Davis Street in Evanston. For more information, call 847-869-3474, or visit www.davisstreetfishmarket.com.
Deer Path Inn
The Deer Path Inn’s two dining rooms each offer an oyster dish in accordance to their cuisine. The main dining room serves oyster shooters accompanied with soy scallions and quail egg, while the sushi bar in the basement has Kaki Oyster Nigiri and Sashimi.
Deer Path Inn is located at 255 East Illinois Road in Lake Forest. For more information, call 847-234-2280, or visit www.dpihotel.com.
Froggy’s French Café
Indulge in the finest oysters from Netarts Bay of Oregon and Eagle Rock of Washington state at Froggy’s French Café. The chilled oysters are served at the peak of freshness with vinaigrette and cocktail sauce, and are ideal either as appetizers or as a main dish.
Froggy’s is located at 306 Green Bay Road in Highwood. For more information, call 847-433-7080, or visit www.frenchrestaurantschicagocatering.com.
Located in the North Shore’s famous restaurant community, Gabriel’s serves up two dishes to
satisfy lovers of both raw and cooked oysters. One presents raw Kumamoto and Malpeque Oysters with champagne mignonette, and the other offers Malpeque Oyster Rockefeller broiled with spinach, pinchuetta, and Parmesan cheese.
Gabriel’s is located at 310 Green Bay Road in Highwood. For more information, call 847-433-0031, or visit www.egabriels.com.
This highly touted Lake Bluff restaurant, offers a mouthwatering oyster dish this summer. West Coast oysters are prepared in a light Japanese tempura and are accompanied by a raw shaved brussels sprouts salad, Lincolnshire cheddar, hijiki seaweed, and their Inovasi chimichurri sauce.
Inovasi is located at 28 E. Center Avenue in Lake Bluff. For more information, call 847-295-1000, or visit www.inovasi.us.
Miramar offers several succulent oyster appetizers, including Blue Point Oysters from Long Island, Malaspina Oysters from Puget Sound in Washington, and the French Kiss Oysters of Canada. All are served chilled with cocktail sauce, horseradish, and champagne vinaigrette.
Miramar Bistro is located at 301 Waukegan Avenue in Highwood. For more information, call 847-433-1078, or visit www.miramarbistro.com.
Mitchell’s Fish Market
Famous nationwide for fresh fish, Mitchell’s offers Chesapeake Bay, Seaside Salt, Malpeque, and Malaspina Oysters. They also have a special dish of Louisiana charbroiled oysters; the New Orleans delicacy features six Chesapeake Oysters, bayou Cajun butter, Parmesan cheese, and a baguette.
Mitchell’s is located at 2601 Navy Boulevard in Glenview. For more information, call 847-729-3663, or visit www.mitchellsfishmarket.com.
The delectable Oysters Rockefeller of Morton’s Steakhouse are baked to perfection in cream spinach and hollandaise. Served on ice, the tasty oysters on half shells are prepared freshly in the restaurant.
Morton’s Steakhouse is located at 699 Skokie Boulevard in Northbrook. For more information, call 847-205-5111, or visit www.mortons.com.