Snaggletooth is a special place. It’s a small neighborhood cafe-deli with a coffee shop feel that isn’t open for dinner. Their seafood-focused menu changes almost daily and is dependent on what they decide to make that day but will always serve these two items: bagels with schmears and cured fish.

They cure their fish using a special technique by first wrapping it in cheesecloth, adding salt, spices, and citrus juices then pressing it for 1-5 days. Upon removing the cheesecloth, the fish never has to be rinsed, the flesh remains pristine and most of the moisture is drawn out. The result is a gift from the ocean that melts in your mouth releasing various spices and a distinct citrus brightness.

But what is also special about this place, is that the owners, Bill Montagne and Jennifer Kim, met at their former place of employment. It was a posh, over-priced fine dining seafood restaurant. It’s where they worked, where they met, and where they fell in love.

So now they are making all the food, making all the decisions and cleaning all the dishes. But they are also chatting with all their customers and getting to know their neighbors. Yes, they are in love, doing what they love, and that is truly special, indeed.

You can view other photos from a previous visit to Snaggletooth here. 

Menu of the Day at Snaggletooth
Menu of the Day at Snaggletooth
Cured fish offerings of the day at Snaggletooth
Cured fish offerings of the day at Snaggletooth
Cheesecloth, citrus juice, zest, salt
Cheesecloth, citrus juice, zest, salt
Cheesecloth, citrus juice, zest and salt
Cheesecloth, citrus juice, zest and salt
The moisture is drawn out and the fish becomes stiff.
The moisture is drawn out and the fish becomes stiff.
Pastrami Trout
Pastrami Trout
Instagram discussions, etc.
Instagram discussions, etc.
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Bagel Shmears and Spreadables: Roasted Tomato, Scallion, Kimchi, Spiced Mango, Fig, Raspberry, Olive, Honey Walnut
We tried all of them.
We tried all of them.
Preparing our cured fish
Preparing our cured fish
Final touches
Final touches
Cured Fish Tasting, Plain Bagel, Schmears
Cured Fish Tasting, Plain Bagel, Schmears
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Complete Cured Fish Tasting: Gravlax Trout, Jasmine Trout, Pastrami Trout, Lime Hamachi, BBQ Sablefish, Spring Fennel Fluke
Bill Montagne and Jennifer Kim of Snaggletooth
Bill Montagne and Jennifer Kim of Snaggletooth

Other Visits

03/08/16 Diptyque, Snaggletooth, Jeni’s

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Snaggletooth | 2819 N Southport Ave, Chicago IL | 773 899 4711

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