I have been a boater in this fantastic city for more than 30 years and had never heard of The Dock. One of the pleasures of my first year in Montrose Harbor is my discovery of this cute hidden Chicago waterfront gem.
The Dock has an awesome Key West feel. Grab a table as close to the beach as possible and enjoy a fantastic view of Lake Michigan while you sip your Pina Colada, Margarita or tropical drink of choice. The Dock features nightly live music (no cover) all summer long for your drinking and dining pleasure. Bob Marley fans should check out Wednesday night at The Dock–get there early because Reggae Wednesday is very popular.
Sunday Morning Sustenance
Marcela and I hit The Dock at Montrose Beach last Sunday morning for a little “hair of the dog” and some much need sustenance. I was recovering from yet another crazy party night on D Dock at Diversey Harbor and my new found love of Fireball (thanks a lot Kevin and Mike). The Dock at Montrose Beach was already rocking at 11:45 a.m. and the hostess seemed overwhelmed by the number of people jockeying for a table. However, she quickly found us a great two top right on the railing that separates The Dock from Montrose Avenue Beach. That gave us a wonderful view of the Lake and, even better, a great vantage point for people watching.
I have to admit I wasn’t really expecting much in the way of cuisine. The outdoor deck seating and Jimmy Buffet décor leads you to believe that your about to consume some greasy burgers and fries. WRONG!! The food at The Dock at Montrose Beach is very good. I had The Big Kid Grilled Cheese ($8.95) which was a delicious combination of Cheddar, Swiss and Provolone cheese served Panini style with a generous helping of excellent fries. Marcela has the Seared Tuna Wrap ($13.95) which was a nice combination of mixed greens, avocado, green onions, red pepper, dried cranberries, mandarin oranges covered with a Sesame-Soy Vinaigrette, and served with a really nice side of grilled vegetables. Loved it!
The couple at the next table had the Dock Burger ($12.95) and The Dock Fish Tacos ($11.95). Those dishes both looked great and there were smiles all around. The Bloody Mary’s, although not the insane meals in a cup that we concoct at McGee’s, were very, very good. I also want to complement our waitress for her intrepid efforts to keep up with my Diet Coke consumption (I needed liquid people) and, the ultimate kicker, she refilled me one last time so I would have another Diet Coke to go. Loved it!!
One More Trip to The Dock at Montrose Beach
On our next trip we started with the Hummus Platter ($10.95) which was perhaps a little short on hummus but had a good assortment of very fresh carrots, red peppers, celery, cucumbers and tomatoes, as well as some nice grilled pita bread. My friend Sarah had the Caprese Panini ($10.95) which was made with fresh mozzarella layered between tomatoes garnished with fresh basil and a Balsamic reduction. Excellent. The other Sara ordered a very good fried shrimp (and was kind enough to let me snag one) and Marcela (and her friend Monir) ordered the excellent Seared Tuna Wrap ($13.95) which met with rave reviews again. I also sampled more than a few Rum Punches prepared by a genial bartender named Mark while the rest of the crew has skinny margaritas and beers.
Thanks to The Dock’s gracious hostess Jennifer (a native of Ireland with a fantastic accent) and head of security (and all around cool dude) Ronny for their hospitality during our latest visit.
Pull into the The Dock sometime soon for great fun, great food and a great view of Lake Michigan.