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    Post #1 - February 4th, 2014, 11:45 am
    Post #1 - February 4th, 2014, 11:45 am Post #1 - February 4th, 2014, 11:45 am
    I am pleased to nominate Boston Fish Market for a 2014 GNR. Since it opened, the route from my house to Boston Fish Market has become a well worn trail for both the variety of fresh seafood (at some very nice prices) as well as the delicious meals prepared by Louis & his crew.

    From funky fried clams, Greek style grilled fish, grilled octopus, to zuppa di pesci all while allowing BYOB.

    Some quotes:
    chefmcone76 wrote:So I went here for lunch today and all I can say is WOW...friggin' amazeballs!

    G Wiv wrote:Boston Fish Market, count me a fan!

    PIGMON wrote:All I can say about this place is...WOW!!!


    While not everyone is in love with Boston Fish Market, (i.e.
    spinynorman99 wrote:Given the variety and prices I can't say I buy the "all fresh, never frozen" claims.
    , I strongly believe Boston Fish Market should receive GNR designation.

    Read more here - viewtopic.php?f=14&t=37017

    Boston Fish Market
    1225 E. Forest Ave.
    Des Plaines, IL 60018
    http://www.bostonfishmkt.com
    I did absolutely nothing and it was everything I thought it could be.
  • Post #2 - February 4th, 2014, 12:23 pm
    Post #2 - February 4th, 2014, 12:23 pm Post #2 - February 4th, 2014, 12:23 pm
    This place rules!
    I don't get up that way enough, but I crave it just by mention of name alone.
    I love indulging in perfectly fried and perfectly grilled seafood in the same sitting.
    GNR, yes!
  • Post #3 - February 4th, 2014, 10:22 pm
    Post #3 - February 4th, 2014, 10:22 pm Post #3 - February 4th, 2014, 10:22 pm
    Definitely a great nomination! When I need a ride to O'Hare, I bribe my family to drive me in exchange for me treating them to dinner at Boston Fish Market on the way. I have not had any problems securing rides for a while! Very much a win-win situation.
  • Post #4 - February 6th, 2014, 12:17 am
    Post #4 - February 6th, 2014, 12:17 am Post #4 - February 6th, 2014, 12:17 am
    Yes, yes a thousand times yes. BFM has become my favorite restaurant. So much so that I find myself there more than I can reasonably afford.

    I make up reasons to go to Des Plaines just so I can stop in for lunch.
  • Post #5 - February 6th, 2014, 1:18 am
    Post #5 - February 6th, 2014, 1:18 am Post #5 - February 6th, 2014, 1:18 am
    Another vote for BFM. Almost everything I've been served there has been excellent. When my Dad and I went in and ordered that Zuppa di Pesci, they had to pull up a second table just to accommodate the giant platter that arrived. Oh yeah, beyond the insane quantity, it was outstanding seafood to boot!

    Buddy
  • Post #6 - February 6th, 2014, 4:01 pm
    Post #6 - February 6th, 2014, 4:01 pm Post #6 - February 6th, 2014, 4:01 pm
    The other half of the Des Plaines renaissance in casual dining! (See Rand Red Hots)

    Great shrimp at a fraction of the commute to my other favorite, Captain Porky's....
    Much better selection of fresh seafood than Des Plaines other fried fish place, Don's Dock....

    But for me, the attraction is the fried perch. Sweet little fishies, delicately crisp.
    Absolutely, an GNR.
    What is patriotism, but the love of good things we ate in our childhood?
    -- Lin Yutang
  • Post #7 - February 6th, 2014, 4:04 pm
    Post #7 - February 6th, 2014, 4:04 pm Post #7 - February 6th, 2014, 4:04 pm
    The Louis Salad (I think that's what they're calling it now) comprised of grilled/charred octopus atop the bounteous Greek salad is my favorite lunch in Chicagoland. And usually my dinner later that night as well. Love the fried clam strips that remind me of my favorite childhood meal at the Colonnade in Tampa. Delicious grilled fish, wonderful fried smelts and perch. Fantastic retail options as well. Love this place and happy to see this nomination! Thanks for both Sweet Willie!!!
    "Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad." Miles Kington
  • Post #8 - February 10th, 2014, 2:29 am
    Post #8 - February 10th, 2014, 2:29 am Post #8 - February 10th, 2014, 2:29 am
    I enthusiastically support this nomination! Definitely the best seafood in the city. Considering the low cost and huge portions, it's a no brainer GNR.
    Part of the secret of a success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside.

    -Mark Twain
  • Post #9 - February 17th, 2014, 4:07 pm
    Post #9 - February 17th, 2014, 4:07 pm Post #9 - February 17th, 2014, 4:07 pm
    I was just about to say this one is a no brainer, but rather than be repetitive, let me say it should be a slam dunk. Took the family recently and every single dish was outstanding. We ordered from all over the menu and though at first I was somewhat surprised by the bill, when I saw the quality and quantity of the food, I was completely turned around and now think everything here is a real bargain. Seriously fresh or fried, you can't go wrong.
  • Post #10 - February 17th, 2014, 6:24 pm
    Post #10 - February 17th, 2014, 6:24 pm Post #10 - February 17th, 2014, 6:24 pm
    laikom wrote:I enthusiastically support this nomination! Definitely the best seafood in the city. Considering the low cost and huge portions, it's a no brainer GNR.



    I couldn't have said it better, Matt.

    I'd be hard pressed to think of another lunch spot to have opened up in recently memory that I'm more excited about.

    Boston Fish market has elevated the bar.
  • Post #11 - February 23rd, 2014, 12:43 pm
    Post #11 - February 23rd, 2014, 12:43 pm Post #11 - February 23rd, 2014, 12:43 pm
    Some of the finest fish to be had in Chicago. Little things like the crust for the fried perch, the tartar sauce, the first time I asked about grilling me up some octopus (it wasn't on the menu then) it was a non issue, and wonderful. A great GNR recommendation.
    "In pursuit of joys untasted"
    from Giuseppe Verdi's La Traviata
  • Post #12 - February 25th, 2014, 10:24 pm
    Post #12 - February 25th, 2014, 10:24 pm Post #12 - February 25th, 2014, 10:24 pm
    Living close enough to eat in or carry out in the twice a week range is a great thing in my life. Adding to the retail display case ambience is the pervading undercurrent...the glimpses of big honking plates of pristine fish, dilated eyes, silence, excited utterances and satiated groans. Minor quibbles are the occasional overdone and a need for more choices on the sides. I loudly shout Yea.
  • Post #13 - March 8th, 2014, 5:55 pm
    Post #13 - March 8th, 2014, 5:55 pm Post #13 - March 8th, 2014, 5:55 pm
    Boston Fish Market for GNR, absolutely yes!

    Boston Fish Market, count me a fan!
    Sauce on the side, always, implied, axiomatic..........never a doubt, BBQ sauce without.

    Low & Slow
  • Post #14 - March 9th, 2014, 12:16 pm
    Post #14 - March 9th, 2014, 12:16 pm Post #14 - March 9th, 2014, 12:16 pm
    As I've indicated on the main thread, I love this place and happily support its GNR nomination.

    =R=
    That don't impress me much --Shania Twain

    Another beer before happy hour to put me in the mood for drinkin', uh huh huh, oh, forget thinkin' --Beaver Nelson

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  • Post #15 - March 9th, 2014, 6:11 pm
    Post #15 - March 9th, 2014, 6:11 pm Post #15 - March 9th, 2014, 6:11 pm
    I will be finding my way to Des Plaines more often because of this nomination. Yes to GNR!
    -Mary
  • Post #16 - March 9th, 2014, 10:15 pm
    Post #16 - March 9th, 2014, 10:15 pm Post #16 - March 9th, 2014, 10:15 pm
    This is the Maria Callas of seafood restaurants: Greek-inflected high notes all around.
  • Post #17 - March 10th, 2014, 8:48 am
    Post #17 - March 10th, 2014, 8:48 am Post #17 - March 10th, 2014, 8:48 am
    For clarification, is the nomination for a Great Neighborhood Restaurant as opposed to Resource?
    -Mary
  • Post #18 - March 10th, 2014, 9:58 am
    Post #18 - March 10th, 2014, 9:58 am Post #18 - March 10th, 2014, 9:58 am
    I have to vote no on this nomination because of the owners' complete and utter disregard for the notion of sustainable seafood. On the website there is a stated policy of a willingness to try to source any fish the customer wants. Apparently even the most endangered fish is fair game.
    I will remain a customer of Dirk's and will avoid this place for this reason.
    I'm sure that among LTHers I am a voice in the wilderness, but there are times when one must vote one's conscience.

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