My three faves, after getting the cheapest beer (Bud Light, 20 ounces, $4)? A large mug of clam chowder ($3, and that’s a meal, with clams, king crab, scallions, Fanny Bay oysters, celery, onion, croutons, and heavy cream). Then a live “buck-a-shuck” oyster ($1). And finally, the dish de résistance: seaside oyster roast, a totally scrumptious “Rockefeller-style” mess of smoked bacon, spinach, parmesan cheese, Fanny Bay oysters, heavy cream, Pernod, that licorice-flavored French liqueur, among other stuff, for $6. You come out ready to set sail.
404 Euclid Avenue #119, Lincoln Park
Talk about hole in the wall gang… You’d never find Frank in a thousand years, if you didn’t know where to look. His Red Rooster Catfish is just one window slot that looks out onto a field, far from Market Creek Plaza across the Chollas creek footbridge. Yet Frank, from Shreveport Louisiana, is always busy. From his catfish sandwiches to his breaded tilapia with cheesy corn nuggets (both around $5), he is the real thing. And his specialties, catfish (two pieces plus fried tiger shrimp, for $15) and frogs legs (you get three sets plus spicy breaded beans for about $10) are worth every penny. Heck, just shooting the breeze with Frank is worth that. “Okay, kinfolk,” he’ll say. “What else can I get for you, champion? Pond chicken? (Frog?) Alright! Make that 15 minutes.”