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BLVD Executive Chef Johnny Besch


817 W Lake St, Chicago IL, 60611



  • Seafood Tower Wednesdays: Get the full BLVD Seafood Tower, regularly priced at $145, for only $75 every Wednesday night!
  • Vintage Thursdays w/ LIVE music: Enjoy glass pours of high-end vintage wine sold at-cost (meaning, you pay what we pay) and live retro music every Thursday night!
  • Happy Hour: Happy Hour takes place Monday through Friday from 5-6:30 p.m. All items on the special Crazy Eights Happy Hour menu are only $8!


BLVD’s King Crab & Avocado Toast

 King Crab & Avocado Toast

4 Tbls Cooked & Chilled King Crab Legs or Meat

4 Tbls Green Papaya Salad (see below)

4 Tbls Avocado Mousse (see below)

2 Tbls Watermelon Radish or Globe Radish

1Tbls Micro Opal Basil or Green Basil

2 Slices Bread, Sourdough

Pinch of Sea Salt

 To build the toast, start by browning the sourdough in your toaster. Place a smear of the avocado mousse on top of the toast. Next, place a pile of the papaya salad on top of the avocado mousse. Garnish with the King Crab meat, sliced radish, basil and sea salt.

Green Papaya Salad

2 c Green Papaya

4 Tbls Scallion

1 Tbls Garlic

1 Tbls Thai Chili

4 Tbls Cherry Tomato

4 Tbls Green Beans

2 Tbls Lime Juice

1 Tbls Fish Sauce

1 Tbls Thai Basil

3 Tbls Raw Sugar

1 tsp Salt

Peel and seed unripe papaya. Push papaya through julienne attachment on mandolin or box grater. Mince garlic, slice scallion, seed and stem Thai chili, half tomato, blanch & slice green bean, and chiffonade Thai basil. Using a mortar and pestle, make a paste with the chili, garlic, salt, and fish sauce. In a large mixing bowl, combine everything. Toss and cover with plastic film wrap before placing in refrigerator for at least 1 hour before use.

Avocado Mousse

3 ea. Avocado

4 Tbls Yogurt

1 ea. Lemon Zest

1 ea. Lemon Juice

1 Tbls EVOO

1 tsp Salt, Kosher

1/2 tsp Pepper, White

 Deseed and dice avocado. Combine everything in a kitchen aid mixer with whip attachment. Pulse to whip mousse until smooth. Adjust seasoning if needed. If you don’t have a kitchen aid mixer or blender, crush avocado with a fork for a more rustic texture!