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Lawrence's Fisheries

American in Chinatown

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Get Directions  |   312-225-2113  |  Website

Hours: FRIDAY12:00AM to 12:00AM
    Perfect for
  • Dining Solo
  • Late Night Eats
  • Lunch
  • Quick Eats
  • Serious Take-Out Operation

Lawrence’s is an old-school shrimp shack on the Canal Street bridge that’s been open in Chinatown since the 50s. And Lawrence’s is all about fried seafood, which makes it a very particular place you want to visit. You’ve got to be in the mood, which is kind of a rule when it comes to eating a sh*t ton of fried crispy stuff. But when you are in the mood, Lawrence’s is a solid spot for getting yourself some battered sea creatures. Large fried shrimp are the specialty, but oysters, clam strips, popcorn shrimp, catfish, and more, are all appropriate moves. Don’t sleep on the seasoned peel n’eat shrimp either, it’s delicious. Just be aware, right now they’re carryout only.

Food Rundown

Large Fried Shrimp

Fried seafood is why you are at Lawrence’s, and particularly the large fried shrimp. It’s got a thick breading on it, but it’s just the way Lawrence’s does things. Fresh and hot while sitting there is the best way to enjoy them.

Catfish Strips

We are catfish fans in general, and it’s what makes these our favorite fried item outside of the large fried shrimp. Get some hot sauce involved.

Fried Oysters

Fried oysters are a tricky thing, and you may either love them or hate them. If you like oysters in general, we say give these a try.

Wing Zings

Mixing some poultry in with your seafood is never a bad idea. We like the mini wing zings.

Banana Pudding

Oh ya, follow up your fried stuff with some banana pudding dessert. Pro tip - use the vanilla wafers to scoop it all up.

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