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Cold Storage

Cold Storage

IMG_7730 Virginia oysters
IMG_7730 Virginia oysters

With spring at the end of this wintery tunnel, heading somewhere called Cold Storage for a meal doesn't sound as frosty as it would have been a couple weeks ago. We decided to go for the seafood and were impressed dish after dish after dish!

We were first greeted by the crispy chips, which were literally devoured in the first minute or two. We also ordered a dozen oysters right away since it was the end of happy hour, but we soon realized that we should have ordered at least two dozen of these silky and fresh mollusks. We learned our lesson for next time.

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My husband ordered a draft beer, but why order that when they have a selection of rich milkshakes on their dessert menu? I went with the chocolate one and slurped it up before the meal even started.

IMG_7731 Scallop and coconut ceviche
IMG_7731 Scallop and coconut ceviche

I love ceviche. And after Cold Storage, I learned that I especially love scallop and coconut ceviche. What an inventive combination that takes tropical flavors to delicately elevate, but not overwhelm, the innate flavors of the scallops! This is a must order off the "cold" section of the menu.

IMG_7733 Octopus with 'nduja
IMG_7733 Octopus with 'nduja

What I absolutely love about Cold Storage is the fact that they serve up fresh seafood with international flair but without the exorbitant price tags. Now you can try that spreadable sausage called 'nduja from Italy with some of the best cooked octopus arms I've had in Chicago. Or you could order the simple yet fresh dish of turnips with egg and trout roe. Plus, with the casual decor, you don't feel the need to dress up like you would for many of the other Fulton Market establishments.

IMG_7732 Turnips with soft boiled egg and trout roe
IMG_7732 Turnips with soft boiled egg and trout roe

My husband honestly couldn't get enough of the mollusks. So we had to order some clams too! The next time I looked at them after this photo, only the empty half shells were left.

IMG_7735 Clams
IMG_7735 Clams

Now, for the best thing on their menu: their version of fried fish! Often when you order fish and chips, the grease could be overwhelming, which destroys the taste of the fish no matter how perfectly it's cooked. Here is a place in Chicago where you can get fried fish that is not dripping in oil, and the batter is thoroughly seasoned but not in a way that overpowers the flavors of the smelt. I wish we had another batch of these!

IMG_7734 Beer-battered smelt with tartar sauce
IMG_7734 Beer-battered smelt with tartar sauce

And finally, we ordered the whole dover sole. The grill on this was perfect! I loved the light crisp on both sides and the beautiful, juicy, flaky meat underneath. Each bite made it more and more addictive - and then it was all gone.

IMG_7738 Dover sole
IMG_7738 Dover sole

Just writing this post is making me lick my lips - I will definitely be making it back VERY soon.

Tips:

  1. There is happy hour from 3-6 pm M-F, and they offer $1 oysters and $3 draft beers!
  2. Cold Storage shares an entrance with Swift and Sons - the Google Maps app gets a bit confused, at least on iPhones...
  3. The fishes are listed on the mirrored wall in the restaurant, so don't forget to look there!
Cold Storage Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
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