Visiting new Palatine hotspot Pink’s Shrimp with LOTEC (Episode 815)

In this episode, I’m joined by Chicago indie band LOTEC (Dan, Kenny and Sean) for a visit to PINK’S SHRIMP & OYSTERS (773 N. Quentin Road).

LOTEC’s back after being away for… decades (how is that even possible?). We talk about their just-released fourth album, ”Squares,” what the past meant, and what the future holds for them.

As for the food from Pink’s… holy shit. Thanks to owners Greg and Kristina Gaardbo for their hospitality. I’d expected Pink’s to be great, simply based on the fact that Greg and Kristina own the superior Chicago Culinary Kitchen (a multiple-episode Car Con Carne destination). Pink’s exceeded every possible expectation. This is as good as it gets, folks.

We tried the seven seven three (fried shrimp, clam strips, oysters, white fish, frog legs & fries), the “soon to be famous grilled oysters,” lobster roll and east & west coast oysters. It was all so, so good. I can’t pick a favorite, though I wouldn’t say “no” more rounds of west coast oysters, grilled oysters and lobster rolls.

The food landscape is littered with plenty of seafood concepts with merely average food. Pink’s makes it so you don’t have to go back to any of them.


Car Con Carne is sponsored by Suburban Roofing and Siding

Suburban Roofing and Siding is a family-owned company that provides interior and exterior home remodeling services, offering services to the Chicagoland area. Their staff has more than 40 years of collective experience.

Roofing, siding, windows, gutters…they do it all! Call their friendly team to get started today!

Call 224-677-6149 or visit


Car Con Carne is also sponsored by Ninety Days in the 90s: A Rock N Roll Time Travel Story

Ninety Days in the 90s: A Rock N Roll Time Travel Story is the ultimate novel about the ’90s and Chicago’s music scene.

Join record store owner Darby on her trip back to 1990s Chicago as she jumps on the Grey Line to time travel back to her carefree twenties, soaking up all the pop culture and rock n roll nostalgia you could ever imagine.

Get a signed copy at

Author: carconcarne