Chicago newcomer and blogger Gwynedd Stuart loves to eat out, but she also happens to be a poor person because she’s a Chicago newcomer and a blogger. In this weekly feature she seeks out affordable midday meals that don’t exceed five bucks (*actually seven, with tax and tip).

A thing this part of the country is not necessarily known for: affordable, fresh seafood. Emphasis on affordable. OK, fine. Emphasis on fresh, too. So I was encouraged when I heard people rave about the food at Snappy’s Shrimp House in North Center. “Know the difference, taste the difference,” their motto goes, the difference being that Snappy’s serves only Gulf shrimp, not the flavorless, dinky farm-raised kind. And that’s great.