Crofton on Wells’ Fish Fry

Plus a cheap post-work feast at Nacional 27 and Peter Buck's side project

Photo by Grant Kessler

SOMETHING FISHY: River North's Crofton on Wells serves up an upscale fish fry with Great Lakes walleye (cornmeal crusted and fried, topped with malt vinegar butter and sided with a potato waffle), kohlrabi slaw and a grilled pickle ($30). 535 N. Wells St., at Grand; River North; 312-755-1790

MAKING HAPPY HOUR HAPPIER: For $2.27at Nacional 27 you'll get all-you-care-to-eat tapas and paella from 5-7 p.m. Mixologists will also whet your whistle with beer, wine and the Latin restaurant's signature cocktails, including a refreshing melon mojito ($7). 325 W. Huron St., at Orleans; River North; 312-664-2727

THE BUCK STOPS HERE:  Peter Buck plays in The Minus 5, his side project with a rotating cast of musicians (including a Decemberist or two). They'll make a stop tonight at friendly North Center pub Martyrs'. 9 p.m., $18.50 3855 N. Lincoln Ave., at Berenice; North Center; 773-404-9494

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