Hagen’s Fish Market

Photograph: Damien Thompson
Fish Sandwich from Hagen's Fish Market
Portage Park

This old-school, full-service fishmonger has flair that’s a little bit country and a little bit, uh, Scandinavian. Inside the small hut there’s a fish counter (half fresh, half smoked) and a small grocery featuring Scandinavian staples like lutefisk and herring. Indulge your yen for deep-fried eats with the juicy sea scallops, spicy popcorn shrimp, hush puppies and clam strips. Don’t even try to resist the allure of the elusive deep-fried cheese curd. There’s no seating inside, but there are specially designed bags to keep your fish crispy and hot until you get home—or at least to the parking lot.

Venue name: Hagen’s Fish Market
Address: 5635 W Montrose Ave

Cross street: between Parkside and Major Aves
Opening hours: Lunch, dinner
Transport: El stop: Blue to Montrose. Bus: 78, 85.
Price: Average main course: $9
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