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The 10 best fried shrimp shacks in Chicago

Published On 07/02/2014 Published On 07/02/2014
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1. Snappy's Shrimp 1901 W Irving Park Rd, Chicago, IL 60613 (North Center)

This North Center seafood spot's claim to fame is their quality shrimp (obviously), which is from only the Gulf of Mexico and it all comes supplied from Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana, and gets a lighter than norm breading allowing the taste of the Gulf shrimp to shine.

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2. Goose Island Shrimp House 1013 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60642

This takeout-only Goose Island seafood spot serves up quintessential Chicago-style shrimp. The jumbo-sized heavily breaded shrimp comes out fresh with hot sauce on the side, and if you want to try something a little off the beaten path, order some fried frog legs, too.

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3. Troha's Chicken & Shrimp 4151 W 26th St, Chicago, IL 60623

First opened in 1917 (!), this is one of the best shrimp spots in the city as far as both atmosphere and quality goes. Try their medium breaded shrimp that's fried to a golden perfection every time for a more than reasonable price.

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4. Calumet Fisheries 3259 E 95th St, Chicago, IL 60617 (Calumet Heights)

It's no wonder Calumet Fisheries, on the far south side of Chicago, was featured on Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations. Open since the 1940s, the family-owned seafood shack is one of the only smokehouses left in Chicago that smokes fish naturally over a wood fire. It offers an endless variety of smoked fish -- from salmon, sturgeon, and white fish to trout, catfish, and shrimp. Not to mention, its fried stuff is pretty good too.

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5. Red Hot Ranch 2072 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

Chicagoans love their dogs hot and Red Hot Ranch's blinking red arrow sign directs them to this cash-only standby for "Depression Dogs:" Vienna beef dogs with mustard, onion, relish, sport peppers with a fist full of french fries in the bun. The natural-cased weiners pop when you bite them and the fries are crisp. Thin-pattied double cheeseburgers satisfy, but when in the dog house, get the dog.

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6. Joey's Shrimp House 1432 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60622 (Humboldt Park)

This Humboldt Park resto's name says it all. But in addition to their tasty shrimp, you can also order up cold beer, and dine in until 2am on Fridays and Saturdays.

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7. Haire's Gulf Shrimp 8112 S Vincennes Ave, Chicago, IL 60620 (Chatham Avalon Park)

Located across the street from the Simeon Career Academy, this Chatham resto does fried shrimp and only fried shrimp, which are available in two order sizes.

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8. Fish N' Go 4749 N Pulaski Rd, Chicago, IL 60630 (Albany Park)

If you like your fried shrimp Chicago-style and live on the Northwest side, than this is your place. This Albany Park spot uses thick batter, jumbo shrimp, and everything is fried to-order, and it also comes with your choice of hot or mild sauce (so... hot).

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9. Lawrence's Fisheries 2120 S Canal St, Chicago, IL 60616 (Chinatown)

This Chinatown seafood spot is open 24/7 and their shrimp has earned them a loyal following, using a traditional, thicker-style breading that rivals just about any other resto around town.

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10. Hienie's Shrimp House 10359 S Torrence Ave, Chicago, IL 60617

Hienie's not only serves up its own pretty-freaking-famous hot sauce in South Deering, but it's also got some of the best fried shrimp in the city.