A Crabtivating Dinner at Truluck’s

It seems like in the last year or so, a trend has started exposing on my social media. One that I have no issues with at all.

Yes, I know, trends can be infuriating, especially when everyone plus your mother is now hopping on board. However, this one is pretty amazing and I’ll tell you why:

It gives me a chance to eat more delicious food!

If you’re still with me after “more delicious food,” the trend is NATIONAL “X FOOD” DAY. It’s all about celebrating that fspecific ood. And, trust me, celebrate people (and businesses) do!

Honestly, it’s everything I could ever want. Oh, it’s #NationalFriesDay and I have to eat fries? Ok then. Today is #InternationalIceCreamDay? Well, don’t delay, get me a scoop. It’s #NationalPickleDay, hmmm, I don’t want to be rude now, do I?

So when I was invited down to the always amazing Truluck’s for #NationalCrabDay on March 9th, well, how could I say no?


I’m glad you asked.

Truluck’s Chicago is both a classic and classy upscale seafood restaurant that has spots all over the country. The Chicago branch, opened earlier this year in the former McCormick & Schmick’s building, is actually their first Midwest location, but honestly, probably not their last. It’s an incredibly elegant building with beautiful lighting from the large windows and some very nice touches throughout the space.

Here’s what Truluck’s says about their Chicago spot:

Truluck’s Seafood, Steak, and Crab House now offers a notably refined dining experience at its first Midwest location, a beautifully reimagined two-story space at 41 East Chestnut.Delivering signature fresh-catch seafood and crab, prime steaks and an impeccable wine selection with attentive service,Truluck’s amplifies guests’ experience by also showcasing live entertainment nightly in the Stone Crab Lounge.

“Chicago is a highly-respected food lovers’ destination, and we are more than up to thetask of delivering our world-class customer service and fresh fare in an atmosphere second to none,” said David Tripoli, Truluck’s Chief Operating Officer.“We are delighted to bring the Truluck’s signatures of sustainable seafood and a lively atmosphere to Chicago.”

Not bad at all.


Oh, what crab didn’t we eat?

The Shrimp Cocktail: Five jumbo shrimp, atomic cocktail sauce

The Stone Crab, with special mustard sauce.

Jumbo Lump Crab Cake with dilled tartar sauce

Crab Mac and Cheese

We also tried some truly delicious cocktails.

The Amarosa Cocktail

The Subtle Heat Cocktail

Plus, you know, dessert!

Now, as always, there were a few standout dishes. The crab legs were gigantic and filled with soft, tender meat. The shrimp cocktail, as you see above, was a presentation all on it’s own, as it came our beautifully smoking and create an atmosphere not often seen with shrimp dishes. The crab cake was so much crab that it was more of a crab feast than a cake. And of course, the mac and cheese was a gooey, dripping cacophony of cheese flavors and had so much crab in it, it was almost more crab than mac, which was impressive.

We’ll be back for more seafood for sure, whether it is or is not #NationalCrabDay. I mean, #NationalShrimpDay is May 10. You may just see me back for more of that smoking shrimp cocktail.

Truluck’s Chicago is located at 41 E. Chestnut, between Rush Street and Wabash Avenue. Hours of operation: Monday-Thursday 5 p.m.-10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 5p.m.-11 p.m.; Sunday 4 p.m. – 10 p.m.; and Social Hour 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.