You may not know this, but the South East Chicago and the cities of East Chicago, Whiting, Hammond, and Calumet have a long history of great seafood. At one time, this area was a major seafood trade hub. Fish from the Great Lakes, shrimp from the Golf of Mexico and other seafood from the Atlantic Ocean would be traded at markets for distribution.
From this former trade heyday we can still benefit with some excellent eats. I highly recommend you exit of 80/90 or 94 for a detour in this area. You will find a number of small restaurants known for there fried or smoked fish. Some may look like a shack, and may not even have seating, but they are worth a try. A few required tastings would have to include: Bob’s Shrimp in Hammond, IN -fried shrimp is sold by the lb. The jumbo fried fish are amazing. Calumet Fisheries, Chicago – Last place allowed to smoke fish in the city limits, this place has been open and family owned sense 1948. It is also located at the famous bridge the Blues Brothers drove their car over. The smoked fish will blow your mind. Also you might want to check out Lawrence’s Fisheries in South East Chicago at 4151 West 26th. You will spot a number of other places along the way, and I recommend you take the plunge and try them. So which are your favorite ones? Let me know in the comments, or better yet, add them to foodaroo!