We’ve all experienced the euphoria of discovering a hidden gem, like using the freight elevator at high traffic hours, or Chicago Blackhawk's utility man Teuvo Teravainen. Glenn’s Diner is one of these metaphorical unicorns.
If you’re the kind of person who judges a book by it’s cover, you’d never walk into Glenn’s. It’s between a Subway sandwich shop and a sketchy nail salon next to the Montrose brown line L stop. The awning says “Best Food in the World,” which typically means the food tastes like sh*t. But plot twist - it’s actually serving some of the best seafood in the city.
This seafood news may come as a shock if you know Glenn’s as “that cereal place.” Yes, the walls are lined with shiny boxes of diabetes you can order with really cold milk, but pretend you’re an adult for a second. When you hear the word diner, you expect omelettes or spaghetti and meatballs, and Glenn's has these things and they're delicious. But what you’re really going for is simple seafood like swordfish, or on Tuesday, all you can eat king crab legs. Ever been to a diner with a wine list? We hadn’t either until Glenn's. But this is a funky place sent from heaven, so of course there’s wine, and it’s all $33 a bottle or $8 a glass. This is high class food in a comfortable setting, which makes everyone welcome.
Don’t expect creative masterpieces or fancy presentation. This is fresh seafood prepared simply, and it's damn good. You’ll walk out of there feeling like the Christopher Columbus of weird but delicious restaurant discovery, and you won't be wrong. You're already late to the party, so get to Glenn's.
Bostonians would be proud to call this chowder their own.
It seems random, but we’d come here for the meatballs alone. Seafood items will be the most enticing, which means you need to come at least twice: once for seafood, and once for spaghetti and meatballs.
Cioppino is a seafood stew. Glenn’s version includes practically all of the fish in the ocean, including plenty of mussels and shrimp. If you love spicy food, this needs to be your choice. It’s also served in a bowl the size of a KitchenAid mixer, so sharing isn't a bad idea.
Before Glenn’s, we would’ve said a “hearty scallop dish” was an oxymoron. They proved us wrong by plating five enormous scallops on a bed of bacon-mushroom cream sauce. The sauce is spoon worthy.
The Ferrari of sea-dwellers, served with corn on the cob rolled in butter and parmesan. They’re all you can eat on Tuesdays - we suggest you make a reservation.
We’re not your mother, so don’t make us treat you like that. Order the cereal if you want. It's tempting, we know.
It is a diner, get one of everything.