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Harold's Chicken Shack

Harold's Chicken Shack in Chicago is famous for its chicken. The downtown location on South Wabash is as unpretentious as an old lunch counter can be. The place is utilitarian because people go there for the food. While deciding what to order, I noticed a steady stream of construction workers, security guards, and office staff picking up call-ahead orders, and it was 2 PM. I knew I was in a good place.


The menu above the counter listed chicken dinners (white meat or dark), wings, nuggets, and sandwiches. Gizzards, giblets, and liver sounded interesting, but I was in the mood for fish. Tilapia, perch, whiting, catfish, and cod were the choices for dinners. With the catfish, you could have filets, tails, or steaks. There were also shrimp and catfish nuggets, or shrimp with chicken wings. I ordered the large perch dinner for $8.99. The fish and french fries came hot out of the fryer. My eat-in box contained five thick pieces of ocean perch fried to perfection. With fries, two slices of bread, and coleslaw, I had a fantastic lunch.

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Taken on April 30, 2010