Gallery: 13 Great Seafood Sandwiches in Chicago

Fried Catfish Sandwich at Feed
Fried Catfish Sandwich at Feed
The sandwich was delivered with a standard hamburger bun, a few pieces of lettuce, and a slice of tomato. The catfish filet was covered in a hearty cornmeal coating that was firm, crunchy, and well seasoned. Although it looked dry on the surface, biting in revealed a moist, flakey piece of fish. Read more here >>
Grilled Tuna Sandwich at Portillo's
Grilled Tuna Sandwich at Portillo's
The firm fish gets a flavor char from the grill, so that it's the dominant flavor, with the sweet bun, crunchy lettuce, and sharp red onion playing a supporting role. Read More Here »

[Photograph: Nick Kindelsperger]

Fish Sandwich at Snappy's Shrimp House
Fish Sandwich at Snappy's Shrimp House
I have to admit that I ordered a sandwich solely because the Chicago Gluttons told me to, and I try to follow their advice as much as is legally allowed. Though draped with one of the least melted pieces of cheese ever thrown between two slices of bread, the fish sandwich ($5.00) managed to rise above usual fish fillet crowd. Read more here >>

[Photograph: Nick Kindelsperger]

Open Faced Tuna Melt at Bite Cafe
Open Faced Tuna Melt at Bite Cafe
A hearty mound of mayonnaise-drenched tuna salad is dolloped on top of a thick slice of grilled sourdough bread. Tomato slices and pickled red onions serve as a buffer between the fish and an ample heap of cheddar cheese that's melted on top. Chives and more picked onions garnish. As far as tuna melts go, this one's among the best to be found in Chicago. Read More Here »

[Photograph: Michell Eloy]

"New England" Crab Cake Sandwich at Hot Chocolate
The cake itself has a very high crab-to-filler ratio, making for especially sweet and juicy bites. That's offset by the only Chicago flourish—a pickled and fiery roasted giardiniera tartar sauce. Read More Here »

[Photograph: Nick Kindelsperger]

Ahi Tuna Sandwich at Toast
Ahi Tuna Sandwich at Toast
A thick slice of ahi tuna steak is seared medium rare and topped with slices of fennel root, a vegetable commonly found in Mediterranean cuisine with a taste akin to sweetened celery. Read More Here »

[Photograph: Michell Eloy]

Fried Tilapia at Pazzo's Express
Fried Tilapia at Pazzo's Express
The fried tilapia special comes on your choice of a pita or roll and is served with pico de gallo, lettuce, and chipotle mayo (avocado is extra). The pico de gallo comes with chunks of spicy giardiniera built in, adding a hot pickled crunch with every bite of this hefty sandwich. Read More Here »

[Photograph: Dennis Lee]

Crispy Brook Trout at Frog N Snail
Crispy Brook Trout at Frog N Snail
Sandwiched between two soft and buttery slices of pumpernickel is a meaty fillet of trout, fresh red onion, sweet roasted tomato, just a shade of mustard, and a crunchy and creamy Marcona almond spread that pushes the whole sandwich into dangerously delicious territory. Read More Here »

[Photograph: Lindsey Becker]

Fried Shrimp Po' Boy at Jerry's Sandwiches
Fried Shrimp Po' Boy at Jerry's Sandwiches
Is the bread warm and substantial with a crispy crust? Yes. Does it lovingly cradle the plentiful and marvelously crispy fried shrimp? Yes. Read More Here »

[Photograph: Lindsey Becker]

Crabby Patty from Fish Bar
Crabby Patty from Fish Bar
A burger patty-sized crab cake is expertly fried and dressed simply with iceberg lettuce, tomato slices, red onion, and Old Bay spiked mayo. The pillowy, toasted bun deserves mention, too: it's sturdy and flavorful without overshadowing the delicate crabmeat. Read More Here »

[Photograph: Joe Roy]

Shrimp Jibarito at Joey's Shrimp House
Shrimp Jibarito at Joey's Shrimp House
Joey's takes its frying seriously. The plantains are absurdly thin and crisp, while also managing to be pliant enough not to shatter when you bite in. This is undoubtedly due to Joey's insistence on cooking everything to order. That also means that the shrimp filling is sautéed moments before it is placed on the sandwich. It all adds up to remarkably balanced jibarito. Read more here >>

[Photograph: Nick Kindelsperger]

Fried Fish Sandwich from Cellars Market in Chicago
Fried Fish Sandwich from Cellars Market in Chicago
The edges of the fish are crisp and the light batter gives the sole those crunchy bits you want in any battered food. Squeeze a healthy dose of lemon on it, grab some tartar sauce, and feed a family of three. Read More Here »

[Photograph: D.H. Lee]

Blackened Tilapia Sandwich at Dirk's Fish & Gourmet Shop
Blackened Tilapia Sandwich at Dirk's Fish & Gourmet Shop
The blackening spice on the fillet provided an complex smoky and subtle warmth with a house-made spicy mayo lending most of the heat. Read More Here »

[Photograph: Lindsey Becker]