Right Bite Partners
Shedd is proud to partner with Chicago-area restaurants, retailers, caterers, purveyors and culinary schools to build demand for sustainable seafood in our marketplace. Right Bite partners receive staff training on seafood issues provided by Shedd experts. They also pledge to offer at least two sustainable seafood options at all times and, if applicable, to permanently remove at least one unsustainable choice from their menus or product inventories. Shedd is committed to helping our partners find and promote the highest quality and most environmentally friendly seafood available. Our partners know that we mean business when it comes to sustainable seafood, but equally as important, our partners know that we care about their business.
Are you a chef, retailer, or culinary instructor interested in joining our Right Bite program? E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
In the mood for Southern cuisine? Check out Big Jones, where executive chef Paul Fehribach delights diners with domestic crawfish boudin fritters and sustainably harvested American red snapper and grouper from the Gulf of Mexico. Being total food lovers at heart, the Right Bite team also loves the heirloom peas.
The Cape Cod Room
Since 1933, this classic Chicago restaurant located in the Drake Hotel has seen the likes of Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe. The famous duo carved their initials on the bar, making it a city landmark. Make your legacy by choosing Cape Cod’s sustainable seafood menu. For classy ocean-friendly eats, Shedd recommends Oysters Rockefeller.
Chef Mychael Bonner features a menu of a variety of sustainably sourced seafood with fun and innovative preparations at this modern and lively restaurant. From traditional crab cakes to cedar planked Lake Superior Whitefish with espresso bbq sauce, there is something for everyone to try. Looking for a more low-key dining experience? The menu is also available for carryout!
From the same team that brought us MK Restaurant and DMK Burger comes this cozy new seafood joint in Lakeview. The menu offerings range from steamed mussels to Maine lobster rolls, and the staff is one of the friendliest in the city. Check out Fish Bar's website, which provides a list of sustainable wild-caught and farmed offerings.
Girl and the Goat
Top Chef Season 4 winner, Stephanie Izard, draws guests in to this homey and rustic restaurant with fun local food, homemade breads, and craft beer. Since opening in 2010, Girl and the Goat has received high praise and multiple awards including “America’s Best New Restaurant” by Saveur magazine and “Best Chef: Great Lakes” by the James Beard Foundation. The menu highlights a variety of innovative goat dishes and homemade desserts, but don’t forget to take a look at the many delicious and sustainable seafood options!
Owned and operated by husband and wife Stephan and Nicole Outrequin and named after their two children Luc and Mary, this family run restaurant provides a classic French Bistro experience. LM Bistro presents a menu of simple yet sophisticated authentic dishes and an extensive French wine selection.
Brasserie by LM
This elegant and relaxed brasserie serves traditional and affordable French food for breakfast lunch and dinner. From croissants to three variations of mussels and frites and a bar that serves premium coffee, beer and French wine, Brasserie by LM has a dish for any mood and any time of day.
Enjoy authentic French food in the comfort of your own home! LM catering allows you to custom make your catered menu with fresh, seasonal and sustainable ingredients for your special occasions and events.
Troquet-Neighborhood Bar by LM
Sophisticated French food in a casual neighborhood bar! Troquet features a simple but traditional brasserie style menu with favorites such as croques, frites and mussels as well as excellent wine, kir and other carefully crafted cocktails- a great spot for a late night drink and snack!
Luxbar’s stunning two-story restaurant and bar in the Gold Coast neighborhood is well-known for a culinary oxymoron, elegance and bar food. The Right Bite team loves meeting friends at Luxbar for a cocktail, good conversation and macadamia-crusted tilapia. Mmm!
McCormick & Schmicks (Chestnut St. location)
With over 80 restaurants around the country, McCormick and Schmicks is well known for being one of the nation’s top families of seafood restaurants. The Chef’s at McCormick and Schmicks are committed to serving fresh, local and seasonal seafood and regionally inspired dishes.
Opened in 2000 by cousins and partners Carrie Nahabedian, executive chef, and Michael Nahabedian, restaurateur, NAHA is a great destination for an evening of sustainable seafood, indulgence and sophistication. The Nahabedians pay tribute to their heritage with an innovative, Mediterranean and Midwest influenced menu.
ZAGAT ranks Oceanique as the premier seafood restaurant in the Chicago area. Lucky for us and our oceans, owner and executive chef Mark Grosz is just as passionate about healthy fisheries as his tasty entrees. Try one of Oceanique’s sustainable recipes at home: crispy fish ’n chips with parsley aioli.
Obviously one of the Right Bite team’s favorite activities is eating sustainable seafood, but we especially love eating it outdoors! The Plaza at Park Grill is one of Chicago’s largest alfresco dining areas. We love noshing on the restaurant’s ale-steamed mussels while taking in the sights of Millennium Park.
Prairie Grass Cafe
Co-chefs and owners George Bumbaris and Sarah Stegner offer a wide range of responsibly sourced seafood at their restaurant Prairie Grass Café. Chef Sarah learned firsthand about sustainable seafood after spending time with fishermen on Kodiak Island, Alaska. Her passion for education inspired her to team up with Right Bite to teach kids how to cook ocean-friendly seafood. Read this Edible Chicago article that features Chef Sarah and the Right Bite team discussing sustainable seafood.
This Michelin-recommended restaurant in Oakbrook is yet another Lettuce Entertain You hit, with a casual yet classy atmosphere. The staff is welcoming and always seeking out the highest-quality, sustainably sourced seafood to serve you.
Shaw's Crab House (in Chicago and Schaumburg)
Right Bite has many fond memories of Shaw’s Crab House. It’s our preferred spot for an evening of oysters and jazz music. It’s also where Michelle Parker, vice president of Great Lakes & sustainability, goes to enjoy a bowl of her favorite clam chowder. Ask your server to see Shaw’s sustainable seafood menu!
Shedd’s Soundings Café proudly features daily sustainable seafood specials. Aquarium guests and Shedd staff alike enjoy barramundi in ginger cream sauce, mussels with linguine and other delicious dishes. The Right Bite team works closely with Soundings staff to answer any guest’s sustainability questions in a friendly, informative way.
Trattoria No. 10
For sustainable seafood with an Italian twist, look no farther than Trattoria No. 10. The Day Boat Scallops and Maine Lobster Ravioli are sure to delight!
Uncommon Ground (on North Clark Street and West Devon Avenue)
Uncommon Ground is a favorite hangout of the Right Bite team and was voted as the “Greenest Restaurant in America” in 2011. We love relaxing on the rooftop garden whenever we can! Plus, with offerings like crispy catfish tacos and grilled Rushing Waters trout, we recommend that a visit is not an uncommon occurrence.
Dirk's Fish & Gourmet Shop
Dirk Fucik, owner of Dirk’s Fish & Gourmet Shop, is one of the friendliest fishmongers in Chicago. When visiting, you’ll find the Right Bite team’s favorite scallop and roasted tomato soup, but you won’t find shark, eel, bluefin tuna, or orange roughy. Dirk no longer sells them due to environmental concerns.
Lemon Tree Grocer
If you are dashing to the train in Downers Grove, stop by Lemon Tree Grocer. Not only do they offer local, sustainable produce, meat and cheese, but they recently partnered with Shedd to add more sustainable seafood choices. If the train is delayed, sit down at Lemon Tree’s Zest Café for seared Alaskan halibut or yummy roasted beets!
Shopping for sustainable seafood is a breeze thanks to Shedd’s partnership with Peapod LLC, the country’s leading online grocer. Shoppers can type “Shedd approved” into Peapod’s search field to be taken to a virtual grocery “aisle” featuring sustainable seafood products selected by the Right Bite team.
Fortune Fish Company
In 2007, Fortune Fish Company launched its sustainability initiative in partnership with Shedd. The company highlights sustainable seafood every two months. For every pound of that fish sold, Fortune donates a portion of the revenue to not-for-profit conservation organizations. Fortune is also a Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)-certified purveyor and a co-founding member of SeaPact, an alliance formed between six leading seafood distributers in the U.S. that are committed to making the seafood industry more sustainable and advancing the environmental responsibility of fisheries and aquaculture operations.
Right Bite has partnered with the Kendall College School of Culinary Arts since 2007 to teach students the importance of sustainable seafood. Kendall College is a long-time leader in culinary sustainability and their partnership with Right Bite is an extension of that commitment, providing opportunities for students to dive deep into sustainbilty issues in the classroom, and transfer their skills into practice as they take part in seafood cooking demonstrations at Shedd, demonstrating their desire to make more informed and environmentally responsible decisions as early career chefs and throughout their careers.
Chicago Public Schools – Culinary and Hospitality Arts Program
Greater Chicago Food Depository – Chicago’s Community Kitchens
Robert Morris University
Monterey Bay Aquarium – Seafood Watch, 61st Street Farmers Market, Andersonville Farmers Market, Aquaranch, Big Fish Farms, Chefs Collaborative, Common Threads, Conservation Alliance for Seafood Solutions, FishChoice, Glenview Farmers Market, Green Chicago Restaurant Coalition, Green City Market, Growing Power, Gulf of Mexico Reef Fish Shareholders Alliance, Humboldt Park Farmers Market, Minnesota Zoo’s Fish Smart, Purple Asparagus, Rushing Waters Trout Farm, Slow Food Chicago, Wisconsin Restaurant Association, Fish Wise, Sustainable Fisheries Partnership