Although most people think of fish shops as places for mainly buying fish to cook at home, they can be a great stop for picking up some kind of seafood salad or soup. This brilliant, freshly made raw tuna poke at Dirk’s caught my eye on my visit this day. The cool, ultra-tender diced yellowfin tuna contrasted with a blend of a housemade “terry-aki” (a nod to his wife Terry) marinade, green onions, tobiko, chili oil, sesame seeds, and sriracha. A scoop made for a quick and easy summer lunch, which I paired with a prebought Asian pea salad. Although sushi-quality tuna is pricey, I find a small portion satisfying. A heads up before you go: The tuna poke is only made from time to time. Call ahead or if you don’t see it, try the shrimp salad, which is offered daily. The shrimp salad is simply adorned, mixed with a touch of mayo, chopped celery, and lemon zest to let the flavor of the shrimp come through, and bound to satisfy as well.
2070 North Clybourn Avenue
Hours: Monday – Friday, 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Saturdays, 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sundays, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Parking: Foundry Shopping Center lot