Today, I am kicking off a new food blog called “FEEDING OFF THE RAILS” which is dedicated to cool dining and bar destinations located conveniently near subway/’L’ stops and bus routes. As an unapologetic non-driver, I rely heavily upon mass transit as one way to get around a city. Chicago and NYC may not have perfect mass transit systems but they do have them people! And, the subway is (usually) the quickest, most efficient, most cost-effective and safest way to navigate around a big city. By riding the rails to your tasty food destinations, there is the added satisfaction of knowing that you are not contributing to traffic and pollution in a city center. Plus, you don’t have to worry about parking or drinking and driving. All Aboooaaard! First up on “FEEDING OFF THE RAILS”… New England Seafood Company in Chicago.
New England Seafood Company is a retail fish market/restaurant. It offers both eat-in and carry-out dining options, as well as off-site catering. It is located just about 1 block away and across the street from the Paulina Brown Line ‘L” Stop in the Lakeview neighborhood on Lincoln Avenue. This cozy, culinary find offers up fresh seafood including amazing lobster and other shellfish which are flown in daily from Boston. Score! As a transplanted New Yorker who has been living in Chicago for 9 years, this makes me very happy. A bit of New England in the Midwest 🙂
New England Seafood Company has been open for business a little over 2 years now and it has become a favorite dining spot of mine. When I first heard that they were flying in fresh lobster from their family’s seafood connections in Boston, as well as the all-important lobster buns, I almost cried! With summer in full swing, my thoughts definitely turn to getting my crustacean fix on.
The menu consists of clam chowder, lobster bisque, cioppino, dinner plates, lobster boils, rolls, sandwiches, grilled options and fried options. But, allow me to address their lobster roll. First of all, in case you are unaware, a traditional lobster roll should consist of at least 1/2 lb. – 1 lb. of fresh, sweet and naked lobster meat nestled in a toasted, buttered split-top lobster bun, accompanied with nothing more that a wedge of lemon to squeeze over the top of it and, maybe, some hot sauce (I do love my hot sauce!). Sexy, right? If this is what you crave, head on over to New England Seafood Company because that is exactly how they do it there! Bravo!
The clam chowder and lobster bisque are also favorites of mine here and they are available in 8oz., 12oz. and 16oz. sizes. I don’t want to live in a world without great soup, regardless of the weather. These soups are worth waiting in the long, weekend lines at New England Seafood Company to have 🙂
In addition to daily lunch specials, New England Seafood Company also features all-day discounted specials on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. This Tuesday I stopped in to check out their $2 Tuesday special which includes $2 fish tacos, $2 small soup and $2 kids meals. I polished off 1 small clam chowder and 2 fish tacos during lunch (Tip: If you visit during lunch on a week day, you will avoid lines).
On Wednesdays, the special is $1 oysters and $6 Sofie beer. Thursday’s special features a lobster roll, small soup and any draft beer of your choice for $20 (you can substitute the beer for a soft drink). This last deal is real steal because New England Seafood Company’s lobster roll by itself on any other day costs a little over $19 with tax included and it is worth every blissful bite!
New England Seafood Company recently obtained its liquor license and it is now serving beer and wine.
New England Seafood Company is closed on Monday and it does not accept reservations. That said, should you arrive on the weekends when the lines are long, simply leave your name and cell phone number with the host(ess) and wander around the neighborhood on Lincoln Avenue or Roscoe Street until they call you. Or, I highly recommend that you bide your time a couple of doors down at Dinkel’s bakery, a long-standing Chicago treasure. Why not eat dessert first 🙂
My friend, Barbara, lives in the Lakeview neighborhood and she has been very pleased with her many seafood purchases from New England Seafood Company’s retail counter, especially their PEI mussels and the salmon.
I have visited New England Seafood Company several times with friends and by myself. What I love especially about this place other than its convenient location, great fresh seafood and the lovely staff is how it is such a friendly neighborhood spot. Whether I have been dining there with friends or enjoying lunch solo, the vibe of the patrons waiting in line outside, placing their orders inside or making retail purchases at the counter always lends itself to nice and easy conversation. Don’t be shy about coming here solo!
Lastly, I am happy and excited to announce that New England Seafood Company is providing the fresh lobster menu at The Great American Lobster Fest in Chicago at Navy Pier on August 16th & 17th. This is the 1st annual event in Chicago and it will take place during the annual Air & Water Show. For more information about The Great American Lobster Fest and to purchase tickets, visit americanlobsterfest.com, www.neseafoodcompany.com or stop by New England Seafood Company at 3341 N. Lincoln Avenue to sample their food and buy your tickets right there. And, don’t forget to take the CTA Brown line there 🙂 .
For more information, visit http://www.neseafoodcompany.com.
In keeping with the spirit of Feeding Off The Rails, I encourage you to leave your car at home and take the CTA Brown Line to New England Seafood Company. Save on gas. Avoid traffic and parking. Reduce pollution. Don’t drink and drive!