photo credit: Thomas Oh
The original Angry Crab in West Ridge closed, and this is the second (newer) location. The concept is still the same—bringing a Louisiana crawfish boil to Chicago—although the menu and experience have evolved. You still have a variety of seafood, add-ons, and sauces to choose from, but now there’s also a ton of grilled and fried snacks, plus po’boy sandwiches. Everything is cooked relatively well, but the sauces lean towards being more oil than sauce. If you opt for the garlic butter or garlic cajun option, be prepared to sweat it out of your pores for the next two days, thanks to the entire minced garlic supply of the greater Chicagoland area that comes in the bag. Angry Crab isn’t BYOB anymore (you can buy canned drinks and cocktails served in plastic cups instead), but it’s still a decent spot for a weekend hang while watching whatever games are on the plethora of TVs around the dining room.