A fresh crab dinner, served with hot melted butter is one of those meals that’s truly worth every penny. Whether fine dining or paper napkins is more your speed, there’s amazing crab out there for everyone in Chicago. Here are our 5 best bets for crab in Chicago.

Hugo’s Frog Bar & Fish House

1024 N. Rush Street
Chicago, IL 60611

If you’ve ever had a great crab experience in Chicago, chances are you were at Hugo’s. When you want crab without doing all the dirty work of getting it out of the shell, Hugo’s is your spot. Two to three huge crab legs come already pulled out of the shell, laid right on top and ready to eat. Hello easy! The service at Hugo’s is also second to none. From filling your water glass to answering questions about the menu, the service at Hugo’s can’t be beat.

55 S. Main Street
Naperville, IL 60540

Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab

60 East Grand Ave.
Chicago IL 60611

When the restaurant name has ‘stone crab’ in it, you know you won’t be disappointed. Served in portions of 5-7, these delicious and filling crab plates are served with their famous mustard sauce. Each crab claw is harvested one claw at a time and flown in daily from the Gulf of Mexico.

Half Shell

676 W. Diversey Pkwy
Chicago, IL 60614

Half Shell is one of those hidden treasures that you almost want to keep to yourself. With dive bar charm and kitchy surprise extras, Half Shell is no fuss crab at its best. A typical crab plate at Half Shell consists of a heaping pile of crab on top of a mound of fresh fries, a hidden pickle, tomato and lolly pop or two. That’s right, when you lift up your fries, you’ll be finding lolly pops. How sweet is that (Pun intended)?

Glenn’s Diner

1820 West Montrose
Chicago, IL 60613

Don’t be fooled by the name ‘diner’, Glen’s is an amazing seafood house. With over 16 fresh fish selections daily, the Alaskan King Crab Legs served at Glenn’s are among some of the best in the city. On Tuesdays, save up your appetite and take advantage of their all you can eat crab legs (market price). Delicious parmesan corn on the cob and creamy coleslaw are also included.

Shaw’s Crab House

21 E Hubbard St
Chicago, IL 60611

With four main crab entrees to chose from, you can’t go wrong with anything on the menu. Choose from 1 pound of their specialty, steamed Alaskan Red King Crab Legs, 2 huge Maryland style crab cakes, chilled Florida stone crab served with mustard mayonnaise, or a seasonal crab combination of steamed Alaskan Red King Crab, Dungeness Crab and crab cakes.

1900 E. Higgins Rd.
Chicago, IL

Lauren Wulf, CBS Local Chicago