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Open Fire!

David Hammond | Apr 29, 200210:28 AM

Chowhounds usually post about good restaurants – we want others to know about our fun food experiences. But there are some real dogs out there, and I thought it might be interesting to devote a thread to posts about eating zones we really didn’t like much at all.

I’ll start.

Last week, it was late, my daughter needed dinner, and I was driving by JJ Fish on Harlem in Oak Park, so I stopped. I had some okay catfish there a few years ago. This time, I had the fried shrimp and fried oysters. Shrimp were small and mealy, and the oysters were the worst things I’ve eaten in a very long time: limp, funny tasting, bad. Later, after going to bed kind of queasy,I woke up just before dawn and my first thought was, "Jeez, those oysters were awful." I don’t think I can ever go to JJ Fish again.

Now, you might ask: what the heck did you go to JJ Fish for in the first place? Well, because you never know. Many people probably drive by Goose Island Shrimp and figure it’s just another greasy spoon dive, when in fact it serves the best fried shrimp I’ve had since the Eisenhower Administration.

So, have you been to any restaurants recently that you’ll never return to again? Yucky food? Sucky service? Go ahead. It’s a Monday. Vent your displeasure. Open fire.

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