While the downstairs area is fun, there are definitely advantages to sitting in the dining room, especially if you're interested in the action, aka the massive custom lobster boil filled with the most aromatic Old Bay-spiked stock. There's also a live well behind the pot containing lobsters that are flown in daily.
Diana and I kicked off our dinner with a much-needed round of Hurricanes, made with Captain Morgan White & Black Rum. Diana said that it was so perfectly made that it reminded her of her favorite version in New Orleans... in fact, it was so good that we had to have a second round (just to make sure the first one wasn't a fluke, of course ;-) ).
Everyone I knew who had been there before us said that an order of the Lobster Guacamole is a must. Diana and I were both expecting to find the lobster in little chunks throughout, but we were pleasantly surprised to discover that the lobster is actually served as fairly large pieces on top of the guac. The large pieces ensured there was enough lobster to distribute throughout the entire bowl - they definitely don't skimp on this dish! Plus, lobster + guacamole = :-) :-) :-)
Smack Shack offers two versions of a lobster roll, the Original with chilled lobster salad, cucumber & tarragon, and the Connecticut Style Roll with warm lobster tossed in butter, lemon & chive on a warm split top toasted bun. I greatly appreciated the simplicity of the Connecticut style roll, as my biggest complaint about lobster rolls in this city is that they're often stuffed with filler, usually celery (one of my most-hated foods!). While I'm not a lobster roll purist (one of my favorite versions is served on a thick slab of garlic bread), I certainly don't want a bunch of fillers, as I want to taste the lobster.
You can try all of this deliciousness and more at Smack Shack: 326 N. Morgan St., Chicago, IL.
Disclosure: I received a complimentary meal to facilitate this post. Review and all opinions are my own.