The Wholesale Fish Market prepares delicious seafood dishes in Des Plaines
For 22 years, boxes of lobsters, octopus and swordfish have been a constant at the Boston Fish Market. But the owners moved the business from the East Coast near O’Hare International Airport and kept the name.
“We wanted to bring Mediterranean hospitality back to Chicago. Fresh fish,” said owner Louis Psihogios.
No question. It’s a 24 hour operation, shipping nationwide. But this warehouse is connected to a kitchen, where you can cook just about anything for lunch or dinner.
“Red snapper, grouper, branzini, borata, halibut, Chilean sea bass, swordfish, salmon, wild salmon, sometimes farmed salmon too,” he said.
A huge platter of cioppino – or fisherman’s stew – is enough to feed a family, laden with crab, mussels and clams; branzino is prepared a multitude of ways, including salt-baked or grilled; the sides are usually rice, potatoes, and peppers, and the toppings, not much more than a drizzle of lemon or a drizzle of olive oil.
A Great Lakes platter is a fried fish lover’s fantasy, complete with walleye, whitefish and smelt. Even a simple salad (garnished with anchovies, of course) is a study in generous portions with the intention of being shared among several diners.
“You’re going to have a lot of servings. All of our servings over a pound, a pound and a half,” he said.
They sell Italian, Spanish and Greek wines here; you can bring your own but it’s a $10 corkage fee.
And while they certainly have individual items like sandwiches and salads, bringing a few friends is recommended as the portions are quite massive.
EXTRA LESSON: Steve talks about a unique Boston Fish Market dish that you rarely see on Chicago-area menus: monkfish with bones
BOSTON FISH MARKET
1225 Forest Avenue, Des Plaines
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