LAKEVIEW — Brown Bag Seafood Company opened its third location in the city over the weekend, bringing fast and fresh fish dishes to Lakeview's Lincoln Ave.
The restaurant is now open at 3400 N. Lincoln Ave. inside a new mixed-use development.
The restaurant's menu offers a range of seafood served up for under $15 as a sandwich, salad, tacos or a powerbox, which comes with a quinoa and wild rice blend over chopped spinach. Seafood can also be served "straight up" with no additions.
"I, as well as anybody else, like to go to a nice, sit-down seafood meal," Lee said. "But they can be time consuming and costly."
Customers at Brown Bag Seafood select a protein and how it is served. Meals start at $8.99 for non-fish proteins like chicken and mushrooms, while the daily catch, curry fish cakes and lemon-broiled whitefish are $9.99.
Other options include a teriyaki scallion salmon ($10.99), blackened or crispy shrimp ($11.99) and a fish and shrimp combo ($10.99).
Sides like tots and coleslaw — in varieties ranging from Louisiana tang to truffle parmesan — are $2.50 each and soups are $4-$7. Lobster rolls and fancy fish sticks are among the regular specials.
The restaurant is open and bright, with teal accents and a long counter with seating under a variety of hanging lamps.
Some 1½ years after opening her first Brown Bag Seafood Company in the Loop in 2014, Lee announced plans for what will now be her fourth location in River North.
Lee opened her second Brown Bag Seafood with a condensed menu inside Revival Food Hall in August, with the Lakeview location following almost one year later. The fourth restaurant is expected to open at 412 N. Wells St. over the next year, she said.
As for her new eatery on Lincoln Avenue, "I think the space is fantastic, and I think it's an area that could benefit from even more eating options and variety," Lee said.