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Opened in 2005, Glenn’s Diner came about as a way to reinvent the diner experience. They did this by not only offering typical diner foods but also specializing in seafood dishes. They aren't just feeding you comfort foods but rather meals made with carefully selected ingredients and a dedication to their craft.
Located right off the Montrose Brown Line stop, Glenn’s Diner is an experience you wouldn't expect at a local diner. At first, the inside of the diner looks pretty ordinary with standard wooden tables and chairs, blackboards detailing the specials, and a bar sitting area in the front. What will immediately catch your eye, though, is behind the bar lies a wall shelved with over 25 choices of cereal. Your inner child will be delighted to see your old favorites and they serve them for both breakfast or dessert.
As for the seafood options, the diner carries over 16 different types of fresh fish including the Unique Gonzo Tiger Shrimp, Hawaiian Ruby Red Tuna, and Tazmanian King Salmon. Glenn's has more seafood choices than any other restaurant in Chicago. They also boast that they have the “best damn New England clam chowder West of the Atlantic Ocean”. Even their specials are dedicated to their love of seafood. On Tuesdays, they have an all you can eat Alaskan King Crab Leg option and Thursdays are devoted to shrimp. Hungry seafood lovers are also offered the first catch deal Tuesday through Thursday from 11 AM to 4 PM, which includes a half a pound of fresh fish and some sides.
Glenn's Diner has been rated and honored by many food publications, which isn't something a lot of diners receive. The Food Network gave praise to its uniqueness, Zagat called it one of the best diners in Chicago, and Check, Please showcased the BYOB restaurant.
For warmer weather days, Glenn's Diner has an outdoor seating area in the front. On weekdays, the diner is opened from 11 AM to 10 PM and on the weekends, Glenn's opens 2 hours earlier but closes at 9 PM on Sundays.