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    Post #1 - February 16th, 2013, 2:23 pm
    Post #1 - February 16th, 2013, 2:23 pm Post #1 - February 16th, 2013, 2:23 pm
    There are numerous Dirk's recommendations on LTH, for example:

    SASHIMI grade fish
    Best Fish Markets in Chicago ?? [and beyond]
    Dry Scallops
    America, Fish Yeah!
    It's Copper River Salmon Season
    Good time to buy lobster at Dirk's
    Is Whole Foods really the best place to get fish in Chicago?
    Where can I find Sea Urchins and Squid Ink

    However, it might be helpful if Dirk's had a dedicated thread of its own, so here you go. Anyway, Dirk's immediately comes to mind because while there today purchasing fish to prepare for dinner, I noticed a lone, beautiful sea urchin which Dirk told me he got directly from the fisherman who caught it off the coast of San Diego. Having had sea urchin from this area, I can tell you that it is quite stellar. Dirk says he usually gets the urchins in Tuesday or Wednesday, but of course you can call to special order. The one there today was $18 (and they'll cut it in half for you if you're not up to the task).

    There is a referenced to Dirk's in the sea urchin post referenced above, but hopefully you'll find this fresh update and dedicated thread helpful.

    Dirk's Fish and Gourmet Shop
    2070 N. Clybourn Ave.
    Chicago, IL
    Phone: 773.404.3475
    M-F 10am-7pm
    Sat. 9am-6pm
    Sun. 10am-5pm
  • Post #2 - February 16th, 2013, 11:58 pm
    Post #2 - February 16th, 2013, 11:58 pm Post #2 - February 16th, 2013, 11:58 pm
    Great quality fish and seafood, but even more, their service is stellar. As a small business owner, my highest compliment to another business is when I sincerely wish I could poach the staff. Which of course, common courtesy does not allow! Wonderful neighborhood resource.
  • Post #3 - February 17th, 2013, 12:11 am
    Post #3 - February 17th, 2013, 12:11 am Post #3 - February 17th, 2013, 12:11 am
    Kismet. I just mentioned Dirk's to friends over dinner a couple of hours ago. The husband wanted Dover Sole.
    Ava-"If you get down and out, just get in the kitchen and bake a cake."- Jean Strickland

    Horto In Urbs- Falling in love with Urban Vegetable Gardening
  • Post #4 - May 17th, 2015, 9:16 am
    Post #4 - May 17th, 2015, 9:16 am Post #4 - May 17th, 2015, 9:16 am
    LTH,

    Not a lot of action on Dirk's, which is in my opinion the best place for all things fresh seafood in Chicago, thought I'd post a picture of Dirk's fantastic in-house made gravlax. Silky full of flavor, striated with lovely rich ribbons of fat, simply incredible gravlax.

    Sunday breakfast, Dirk's gravlax

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    Now don't get me wrong, I make a mean gravlax, but Dirk's is a level up. Only cured salmon I've ever had that compares or even exceeds is ronnie_suburban's which is smoked and technically not the same thing.

    Kevin Pang, of the Chicago Tribune, also loves Dirk's Gravlax.

    Speaking of cured salmon, Steve Dolinsky is wild about H. Forman & Son smoked salmon which is available at newly inducted GNR Kaufman's. I like H. Forman quite a bit, but it is third behind Dirk's and Ronnie's.

    Dirk's gravlax, count me a fan!
    One minute to Wapner.
    Raymond Babbitt

    Low & Slow
  • Post #5 - May 17th, 2015, 10:50 am
    Post #5 - May 17th, 2015, 10:50 am Post #5 - May 17th, 2015, 10:50 am
    Hang the shit on, G Wiv -

    Are those flecks of salt on the avocado, I see? Excellent close-up photo, imo. Do tell what camera you are rockin for this? Ronnie-Sub and Mhill (I think) better watch out if you are gonna start posting pix like that. And yes, Dirk's rocks.
    We cannot be friends if you do not know the difference between Mayo and Miracle Whip.
  • Post #6 - May 17th, 2015, 11:41 am
    Post #6 - May 17th, 2015, 11:41 am Post #6 - May 17th, 2015, 11:41 am
    Seebee, yes, Maldon sea salt.

    iPhone 6, but I cleaned the lens before I took the picture. :)

    Thanks, but I don't think Ronnie, Mhill or incite have anything to worry about.
    One minute to Wapner.
    Raymond Babbitt

    Low & Slow
  • Post #7 - July 30th, 2016, 2:56 pm
    Post #7 - July 30th, 2016, 2:56 pm Post #7 - July 30th, 2016, 2:56 pm
    Long time, no bumpage for this thread. Was on my way back from the last Tree-Ripe Citrus peach pickup of the season and decided to stop in to Dirk's to see what looked good for dinner tonight (some very nice looking whitefish filets). This was our first time going on a Saturday when they've got the grill fired up out front. Besides some deliciously zesty and chunky guacamole they plied us with grilled shrimp, swordfish and some melt in your mouth salmon. They wouldn't stop pushing food at us to the point I felt a little guilty for the small purchase we made vs the amount of food we were given. I've always enjoyed the service and quality at Dirk's but today was just over the top - hard to think of a place that makes you more welcome than Dirk's.
    Objects in mirror appear to be losing.
  • Post #8 - August 3rd, 2016, 4:57 pm
    Post #8 - August 3rd, 2016, 4:57 pm Post #8 - August 3rd, 2016, 4:57 pm
    As a long time fan and customer of Dirk's, I'd like to offer some tips:

    1) They have U10-12 yesso scallops for $29 a pound. Even when I'm not in there to buy 'em, I order one and eat it raw in the store or car. Sweet, umami, perfect. It'll ruin you on other scallops, even among the best sushi restaurants.

    2) They always have large head-on shrimp, even if they're not on display.

    3) Same-day La Boulangerie baguettes, and croissants.

    4) Try the salads. Our two favorites are the salmon dill and the spicy crayfish. Both are great on toast, or you could do lettuce wraps with the crayfish as an appetizer (or use the lid of the plastic container as a spoon and eat in the car).

    5) They often have halibut cheeks and skate wings if you want to get those in rotation.


    K, bye!
    "We eat slowly and with gusto." - Paul Bäumer in AQOTWF
  • Post #9 - September 16th, 2016, 3:33 pm
    Post #9 - September 16th, 2016, 3:33 pm Post #9 - September 16th, 2016, 3:33 pm
    Hey guys, how's it going?

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    Spiny, can I talk to you for a minute?

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    Whoops! Sorry 'bout that.

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    "We eat slowly and with gusto." - Paul Bäumer in AQOTWF
  • Post #10 - September 16th, 2016, 4:21 pm
    Post #10 - September 16th, 2016, 4:21 pm Post #10 - September 16th, 2016, 4:21 pm
    Sweetbread wrote:Hey guys, how's it going?

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    Spiny, can I talk to you for a minute?

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    Whoops! Sorry 'bout that.

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    Best. Post. Ever.
    "Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad." Miles Kington
  • Post #11 - September 17th, 2016, 9:00 am
    Post #11 - September 17th, 2016, 9:00 am Post #11 - September 17th, 2016, 9:00 am
    If your urchin doesn't come this way (i.e. off a wooden board), pass.
    "In pursuit of joys untasted"
    from Giuseppe Verdi's La Traviata
  • Post #12 - April 4th, 2020, 10:02 am
    Post #12 - April 4th, 2020, 10:02 am Post #12 - April 4th, 2020, 10:02 am
    purchased some first of the season soft shell crabs from Dirks yesterday, big meaty crabs, tasted great !!
    I did absolutely nothing and it was everything I thought it could be.
  • Post #13 - May 8th, 2020, 11:13 am
    Post #13 - May 8th, 2020, 11:13 am Post #13 - May 8th, 2020, 11:13 am
    Not every food business is hurting these days. Per the NY Times, this has been Dirk's busiest stretch ever:
    Back on March 21, the state of Illinois shut down all nonessential businesses. (Seafood shops were deemed essential.) In the nearly six weeks since, Dirk’s Fish has done more business than in any previous six-week period.
  • Post #14 - May 8th, 2020, 12:36 pm
    Post #14 - May 8th, 2020, 12:36 pm Post #14 - May 8th, 2020, 12:36 pm
    MarlaCollins'Husband wrote:In the nearly six weeks since, Dirk’s Fish has done more business than in any previous six-week period.

    Dirk's, deservedly so, and thanks for pointing out the NYT article.

    As an aside, don't know if it's impending Mother's Day or a general uptick in business but Joseph's Finest Meats was busy as a three-toed working girl late night at an Iowa truck stop. (Friday, noon)
    One minute to Wapner.
    Raymond Babbitt

    Low & Slow
  • Post #15 - May 8th, 2020, 3:12 pm
    Post #15 - May 8th, 2020, 3:12 pm Post #15 - May 8th, 2020, 3:12 pm
    The Dirk’s story in the NYT article is by Kevin Pang.

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