Food & Drink

Cast a Line at Kinmont Restaurant

A fishermen’s hideout in River North


Tuna, lobster, salmon, oysters. It’s easy to forget there are other fish in the sea.

At just-opened Kinmont (short for Kinmont Willie, a type of lure), no swimmers are left behind. Midwest catches like trout and whitefish dot the menu, as do “rough” varieties typically tossed aside by fisherman, such as cobia and hake.

The Element Collective crew (Old Town Social, Nellcote, RM Champagne Salon) launched the city’s first sustainable seafood restaurant as an homage to 19th-century sportsmen’s clubs and fly fishermen. Chef Duncan Biddulph (Lula Cafe, Rootstock) helms the kitchen, plating savory starters — crab gratin, soft scrambled eggs with whitefish — and more meaty mains.


Reel in rotating selections of raw and chilled seafood, then move on to roasted sardines or an escarole and smoked shrimp salad. Break things up with hearty vegetable sides — smoked carrots with hazelnuts and grilled mushrooms with ricotta — then fill up on priced-right fish and chips and squid ink spaghetti. Cocktails (we suggest the pisco-lemon Elevation) go down smooth, as do crisp wines and regional craft beers.

Cozy interior features — textured tile and copper walls, Oriental rugs flipped upside down and suspended from the ceiling — make us want to camp out permanently.

In other words, we’re hooked.

Kinmont, 419 West Superior, between Sedgwick Street and Hudson Avenue (312-915-0011 or kinmontrestaurant.com).


Photos: Kaitlyn McQuaid for DailyCandy

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419 W Superior St
bt Sedgwick St & Hudson Ave
Chicago, IL 60654