My obsession with seafood just got kicked up a notch. I was recently invited to shoot at Cold Storage located in Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood. The open, industrial space is beautiful and the smells and sights of fresh seafood made me feel right at home.
The bar is the center point of the room with a tall, open ice chamber that holds oysters, clams, lobster and several other seafood varieties. You can’t help but stare at it in awe. There are a lot of high top tables scattered throughout the room and round booths along the back wall where you can cozy up and slurp the night away.
Chef Chris Pandel was very welcoming and down to earth. He showed me the space and handed me a menu and before I knew it, I had a giant seafood tower filled with king crab, ceviche, oysters, langoustines and other delicacies. I was able to taste the tower with the staff once the shoot was complete and needless to say, I’m going back for more.
Pastry Chef Meg Galus brought out a tempting banana spilt that took me back to being a kid again. She offers a variety of desserts including sundae’s, shakes, malts and… chocolate rootbeer cake? Yes, please.
I’m so excited to bring my husband, Mike and our friends to this spot. I think we’ll come in for happy hour after work one night, which is Monday through Friday from 3-6pm where they offer $1 oysters and $3 drafts. I’d say it’s a perfect way to reward yourself after a long, busy day. I seriously didn’t think the West Loop could get any cooler, but it just did.
To the team at Cold Storage, thank you so much for inviting me to come in! I can’t wait to come back! See you soon!
All Images © Regan Baroni 2016.