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    Post #1 - March 12th, 2012, 1:59 am
    Post #1 - March 12th, 2012, 1:59 am Post #1 - March 12th, 2012, 1:59 am
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    Troha's has perfected the art of frying over 90 years, and could teach the rest of the city how to do it right. Golden, light, flavorful, and fresh, its shrimp, chicken, fish, and pork are an art and a delight, and moreover, a bargain. I can't eat a schnitzel in the city without lamenting that Troha's does it better. The shrimp are juicy-moist on the inside and usually greaseless on the exterior, a balance I haven't seen duplicated, South Slavic tempura magic.

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    photo: ronnie_suburban

    Below: one of my favorite box lunches in the city, this ran me under $7 with a large fountain drink last week, and came with sour pickle, house-mixed chili sauce, decent coleslaw, passable fries, and lemon. Same as it ever was:

    Rene G wrote:No tables, no counter, nothing. Chicken is very good but, believe it or not, one of the best things to get at Troha's is the pork. Something like seven bucks gets you a cool little box holding a couple nice schnitzels, decent fries, a dill pickle spear and a lemon wedge—one of the great deals in Chicago.


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    photo: Santander

    Some other notable mentions:

    Da Beef on the fried chicken

    Binko on Troha's as an essential food symbol of Chicago

    Dicksond on the shrimp as his gold standard

    Wiv on the magic

    The food speaks for itself, but the history, family continuity, atmosphere, and remarkable level of service elevate the experience to the level of our archetypal Great Neighborhood Restaurants. It's hard to imagine a warmer phone response, with offers to run the order out to the curb since 26th is ever more like a parade each year. These are truly nice people, handing out pride with every order.

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    photo: Da Beef

    We need more South Side (/West /Southwest) on our list; I considered a perennial favorite bar which now serves one of the best burgers in the city, but Troha's quickly won my heart after the revisit. Already thankful to LTH (see their website), this is a deserving if just slightly-under-the-radar spot for our roster. Make a snack run soon to be charmed again or for the first time, and here's to another 90. And if you're feeling slightly sacrilegious (or, like me), I won't blame you for bringing your favorite roll and making the best po' boy imaginable in your car.

    Troha's Chicken & Shrimp House
    4151 W 26th St
    Chicago, IL 60623
    773-521-7847
    http://trohas.com/
  • Post #2 - March 12th, 2012, 5:00 am
    Post #2 - March 12th, 2012, 5:00 am Post #2 - March 12th, 2012, 5:00 am
    This is a brilliant and long overdue nomination.

    GNR=YES
    Steve Z.

    “Only the pure in heart can make a good soup.”
    ― Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Post #3 - March 12th, 2012, 11:35 am
    Post #3 - March 12th, 2012, 11:35 am Post #3 - March 12th, 2012, 11:35 am
    Wow! What a fantastic nomination -- so obvious and yet, it was completely off my radar. These are, by a wide margin, my favorite fried shrimp in Chicagoland. This is one of those places about which you think "isn't this already a GNR?"

    =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 #4 - March 13th, 2012, 12:33 pm
    Post #4 - March 13th, 2012, 12:33 pm Post #4 - March 13th, 2012, 12:33 pm
    like maybe only one or two other nominations this GNR cycle, Trohas is what the GNRs is about(at least to me). I only get here a couple times a month, but enjoy every visit. Cant beat those fried shrimp.

    GNR = Yes
    R.I.P. jimswside - 5/2/16



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  • Post #5 - March 15th, 2012, 9:45 am
    Post #5 - March 15th, 2012, 9:45 am Post #5 - March 15th, 2012, 9:45 am
    I had a great lunch at Troha's yesterday. I posted about it here.
    Steve Z.

    “Only the pure in heart can make a good soup.”
    ― Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Post #6 - March 19th, 2012, 12:06 pm
    Post #6 - March 19th, 2012, 12:06 pm Post #6 - March 19th, 2012, 12:06 pm
    I have already been quoted on this, so all I can add is that when I am in the neighborhood it is always a toss up whether I go for to El Gallo for carne en su jugo, or Troha's (Chickie's was on the list, too). Usually, I end up doing both.

    A true Chicago classic.
    d
    Feeling (south) loopy
  • Post #7 - March 19th, 2012, 3:43 pm
    Post #7 - March 19th, 2012, 3:43 pm Post #7 - March 19th, 2012, 3:43 pm
    Made it to Troha's over the weekend to try out the shrimp and I wasn't disappointed. The shrimp were perfectly fried. The shrimp themselves were plump and juicy, and the batter was light and greaseless. The owner knew a lot about the history of the restaurant (I believe he's fourth generation) and even gave me a rundown of how the neighborhood has changed over the years. In short, it was everything you'd want from a fried seafood house. Quick, tasty, friendly service. Even the potato salad was fantastic.

    Thanks for bringing this place to my attention!
  • Post #8 - March 31st, 2012, 1:13 am
    Post #8 - March 31st, 2012, 1:13 am Post #8 - March 31st, 2012, 1:13 am
    I guess I'll suck it up and be the one voice of opposition here.

    While I do see the charm of the place, and there was nothing wrong with the food, I just don't see the allure of the place. The shrimp was good, but nothing revelatory, a recent trip to captain porky's a couple weeks ago turned up much better, much more flavorful shrimp. The fried pork tenderloin was probably the best item. It was juicy and buttery, but one of the 2 we ordered was just about paper thin, so if you're in it for the protein, you'll be wishing for a thicker cut of meat. I thought the smelt was fine, but I'm no smelt expert, so can't weigh in too much on that.

    Everything was fried well, not too greasy, but that's something I expect, not applaud. Service was friendly, the place has charm. Perhaps it's a personal preference, as I'm not often in the mood or fried food, but I don't see myself making a return visit soon. Everything was above average, but a little short of great in my book.
    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 - April 1st, 2012, 9:38 pm
    Post #9 - April 1st, 2012, 9:38 pm Post #9 - April 1st, 2012, 9:38 pm
    It's been about a year since I've been there. Last week I was driving to Midway from the Loop on side streets to avoid the mess at the Stevenson and Cicero, and found myself heading south on Pulaski from 26th. I thought to myself "some Friday soon when the weather gets nicer, I'll have to stop at Troha's to get dinner."

    I can wholeheartedly support this nomination. I only get there about twice a year, but it's always an excellent meal. There's nothing quite like inching down the Stevenson during the rush hour in the summer, windows down, with a pound of excellent fried shrimp and a big cup of spicy cocktail sauce sitting on the passenger seat... car comes to a stop in traffic, pop another shrimp. The last of the shrimp never make it past Route 83.
    "Fried chicken should unify us, as opposed to tearing us apart. " - Bomani Jones

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