Half Shell

Restaurants, Seafood Lake View
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Half Shell
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Crab at Half Shell

Grab a table in the tiny Christmas light–strewn room at this 47-year-old subterranean spot, and start out with the Mulligan stew. For more fried goodness, have the Thirty-Two Pointer for an entrée—a crunchy pile of smelts, perch, frog legs, clam strips and fat shrimp. And if you’re looking to crack some crab, splurge on the massive, meaty king legs.


Venue name: Half Shell
Address: 676 W Diversey Pkwy

Cross street: at Orchard St
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 11:30am-11pm; Sun noon-11pm
Transport: El stop: Brown, Purple (rush hrs) to Diversey. Bus: 8, 22, 36, 76.
Price: Average main course: $20
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