Had lunch here with a friend. We had chicken nachos, calamari, and firecracker shrimp. These are all appetizers and we left stuffed. Two of these would have been plenty. The firecracker shrimp are the best - my new favorite. They are lightly battered and tossed in a house sauce that has a little kick, lots of taste, and not too spicy. They're served on a bed of shredded cabbage. I think they're better than Bonefish Grill's Bang Bang Shrimp! Calamari and a mix of hot peppers were also lightly battered and cooked to perfection. The chicken nachos fill a very large dinner plate and are enough for three people to share. The were good, but not my favorite. I thought the chicken was a little dry. Each of the appetizers were just under $10 and you get a pretty generous serving. Oh, they also have very good sweet iced tea and a huge selection of beer. Shades is known by locals as Shades at the Loop. Don't let the full parking lot fool you because there's lots of seating inside at either a table or booth as well as the bar and outside. There are TV's everywhere playing different sporting events. It's a nice casual atmosphere with good service.
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