GT Fish & Oyster
531 N. Wells St. 312-929-3501
Rating: !!!! (out of 4) Already hot
The scene: Seriously bustling. The decor at GT in River North, the latest
The food: Giuseppe Tentori, the "GT" behind the name, tells us the staff shucked more than 500 oysters a night during opening week. Unless you're an expert on oyster varieties, ask your server to put together a sampler. A big thumbs up for the salty-citrusy vinegar sauce and apple-cucumber cocktail sauce they're served with; I couldn't help but think I hadn't really enjoyed oysters this much before because I'm just bored by plain ol' cocktail sauce. The classics (clam chowder, lobster roll, Key lime pie) are solid, but the more contemporary dishes -- such as smoked salmon with pickled cucumber and barbecue eel atop wasabi octopus salad -- were the most memorable.
The drinks: You can't go wrong with a flute or bottle of bubbly with those oysters. Craft cocktails courtesy of BRG mixologist Benjamin Schiller go down quickly. Our favorite was the Highland Daisy, a blackberry-mint-pear concoction spiked with tequila.