Step off Michigan Avenue for Lunch

When I need a sit-down lunch option, I seldom need to stray far from North Michigan Avenue to do it. The Mag Mile is dotted with restaurants that appeal to both tourists and locals alike.

GT Fish & Oyster | Photo courtesy of Tammy Green

Lobster Sandwich from GT Fish & Oyster

When I’m in the mood for seafood, I make plans to visit GT Fish & Oyster (531 N Wells Street). With a delectable selection of oysters, salads, and hot dishes, what really draws me for lunch is the Lobster Roll. It’s piled with just the right amount of lobster salad, and the bread is perfectly sized so you can actually take a bite and not squish half the contents down your shirt. It’s one of the few sandwiches I can eat and remain elegant. I also love the tuna poke at GT, and if you have room, a cup of clam chowder is not to be missed. Reservations strongly recommended.

Fried Devil's Egg | Purple Pig | Photo courtesy of Tammy Green

Fried Devil’s Egg from Purple Pig

When I need convenience and taste, The Purple Pig (500 N Michigan Avenue) is an impressive choice. Though it’s only a few steps from the hustle and bustle, it manages to whisk you away to Jimmy Bannos Jr.’s world of succulent meats, cheeses, spreads and small dishes. A platter of the cured meats is great for a crowd, but I like to pop in for the shaved brussel sprouts or a deviled egg and a whipped feta smear.

Slurping Turtle | Photo courtesy of Tammy Green

Ramen from Slurping Turtle

I go to Slurping Turtle (116 W Hubbard Street) for fast, satisfying Japanese fare that’s a step above and beyond. Whether it’s something from the grill, a bento box or a eponymous bowl of Slurping Turtle noodles and black shrimp, I’m simultaneously blissed by the comfort food and wondering how many hours until dinner and a possible return visit to sample the full menu.

Fortunately a quick return isn’t out of the question when all three restaurants are just steps away from Michigan Avenue!

About Tammy Green, Chicago Bites

Tammy Green is the co-founder of restaurant review site, Chicago Bites, a local and independent collaboration of talented people interested in eating well. She’s been eating for years, but didn’t discover her professional fascination with food until she started talking about it every week. As a result of Chicago Bites, she has expanded her interest in food policy, gardening, canning, composting, organic issues, slow food, local producers and chefs and how these all impact the Chicago dining experience.
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