If you can try the smoked shrimp, it's the best.
Calumet Fisheries was also named one of “America’s Classics,” for its 60-year commitment to providing smoked fish on-site, along the 95th Street bridge in Calumet.
Calumet Fisheries has been a favorite among fishermen, South Siders and others in the know for its fried and smoked fish. Now the unassuming little carryout shack is getting nationwide attention. Calumet Fisheries (3259 E. 95th St., 773-933-9855) has been named an America’s Classics restaurant by the James Beard Foundation, one of five restaurants to receive the award in 2010. The restaurant will receive the award at the annual James Beard Foundation Awards, on May 3. The America’s Classics award is given to long-established restaurants that reflect and enhance the character of their communities. Qualifying restaurants must be at least 10 years old and locally owned. America’s Classics award winners are selected by a special 17-member restaurant committee rather than by the James Beard Foundation membership as a whole. "I can't say it's sunk in yet. And it's not going to sink in until the day we get the award," said manager Carlos Rosas. "We're in for a nice little roller coaster ride." A no-seats, no-credit-cards, carryout-only operation, Calumet Fisheries was established in 1948 by brothers-in-law Sid Kotlick and Len Toll (members of the Kotlick and Toll families own and operate the business to this day). The tiny building abuts the 95th Street Bridge (the bridge the Bluesmobile jumped in the 1980 movie “The Blues Brothers”). Calumet Fisheries sells a lot of fried shrimp, perch and frog legs, though personally I’m addicted to the smoked fish, particularly the smoked salmon steak. If you’ve never been to this unpretentious little shack, you really should make the time. Congrats.