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The seafood snob in you seeks out fish-focused eateries that go way beyond commercial chains, so you should feel right at home at Kinmont. It’s a solid choice for a get-together with friends, especially for an occasion like a casual birthday dinner. Meet a half hour early in the bar so you can toast the guest of honor with libations made from small-batch spirits and fresh-squeezed juices. When you’re caught up, head to the main dining room, with its great candlelit atmosphere. A nice big table in the middle of the room is ideal, especially when the dishes start arriving in full force. Start with the three-level seafood tower—which could easily be a meal unto itself—brimming with raw oysters, marinated mussels, chilled shrimp, Maine lobster, and Alaskan king crab legs. It’ll be a fight to the finish to see if you can grab one of each, but if you miss out, there’s so much more to share. Just make certain the made-for-splitting sides like charred beets and smoked carrots are in easy grabbing reach. You’ll want to pair those up with Kinmont’s “catch of the day,” a whole roasted fish topped with brown butter and olive oil. It’s presented so impressively, with an array of fresh parsley and seasonal vegetables, you just might forget about birthday cake.

Kinmont

419 W Superior St Chicago IL 60654

(312) 915-0011

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