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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Bob Chinn's Crab House Chicago

315 N. La Salle St. (Kinzie St.) Send to Phone
The first licensed spin-off of Bob Chinn's Crab House in Wheeling, one of the country's highest-grossing restaurants, Bob Chinn's Crab House Chicago seats almost 800 on two levels of the converted traffic court building---and serves mediocre food to and for the masses. Seafood from the raw bar is a fairly safe bet, as is the shrimp Cantonese stir-fry.
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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Bob Chinn's Crab House Chicago Restaurant Review

: If only popularity were synonymous with quality! The first licensed spin-off of Bob Chinn’s Crab House in Wheeling, one of the highest-grossing privately owned restaurants in the U.S., Bob Chinn’s downtown has been booming since it opened in the summer of 2002---and it seats almost 800 people on two levels. The revamped traffic court building boasts a great location on the Chicago River, but the quasi-industrial design seems to maximize noise (the place is deafening!). The real problem, though, is that the mostly mainstream food lacks finesse. Besides crab in many forms, choices range from bland poke salad, chopped raw tuna and scallions on limp greens, and char-grilled fish ruined by an excessive rub of paprika and salt and unnecessary breading. Our only hits: Australian scallops from the raw bar and a Cantonese stir-fry featuring succulent jumbo shrimp in old-fashioned lobster sauce. Adding insult to injury: higher-than-suburban prices and plenty of service snafus.

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