Glenn’s Diner Serves Up Fresh Fish and Cold Cereal

By Victoria Wiedel | Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Address: 1820 W. Montrose Ave.
Phone: 773-506-1720
Website: www.glennsdiner.com


A hearty seafood potpie (left) and the grilled sturgeon with creamy bacon sauce vie for attention. Credit: Victoria Wiedel

Glenn’s Diner, 1820 W. Montrose Ave., is known for two things: fresh fish and cereal boxes. Every night, at least 16 varieties of seafood are listed in the appetizers and entrees posted on the chalkboards that line the restaurant’s walls. If you’re looking for sturgeon, salmon, snapper, catfish, mackerel, skate wing, marlin, halibut, perch, tuna, barramundi, walleye, shrimp, scallops, mussels or crab legs on the North Side, this is the place to be.

But the freshness comes with a corresponding price tag reflective of the high-quality ingredients, with dinner entrees in the $20-$28 range. The self-proclaimed “best deal in town” is served between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and includes a half-pound of fresh fish accompanied by sides of roasted red potatoes, fresh veggies and a cup of soup or salad for $17. Other specials include “All You Can Eat” Alaskan King Crab legs on Tuesdays and “U-Peel-Em” shrimp on Thursdays.

Lunch is also served, but that menu leans towards the classics (such as Cobb Salads for $8, and burgers and sandwiches under $10). During the week, I suggest splurging for a lobster roll ($16) or Shrimp Po’ Boy ($12) to take advantage of Glenn’s strengths.

Over the years, Glenn’s Diner has earned a well-deserved reputation as a destination brunch spot on the weekends by serving outstanding food and a Bloody Mary that qualifies as a meal itself. But some folks swear by the cereal – more than 20 choices served in a chilled bowl with fresh fruit for less than $5 (second and third helpings of cereal are free but extra milk costs $1.59). Other traditional breakfast items are served throughout the day, accompanied by crave-worthy potato pancakes instead of frozen hash browns.

Glenn’s does allow BYOB for $5 even though craft beers (prices vary) and several wines ($8 per glass, $33 per bottle) are available to order. The diner side of things shows through in the desserts (not in a good way – save your calories and funds for nearby cafes if you have a sweet tooth) and casual yet friendly service.

Glenn’s Diner is also known for its long wait times so do yourself a favor and call ahead to make a reservation. You don’t want to be one of those people with their backs pressed up against the chalkboard like a police line-up waiting for a table.


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  • Mimihaha

    I had a horrible meal there and I will never go back.

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