I live right outside Chicago, but I went to school at Loyola, so I’m familiar with downtown dining and entertainment! Chicago is such an amazing place. The people are friendly, the steaks are good, the lake is beautiful, and the weather… well… we can work on the weather. :)
I go into the city a few times a month, and I try to discover a new dining option each time. Tons of my friends who visit The Windy City ask me where they should eat, so I’m going to share a few restaurants on the blog for those who may live here, who may plan to visit, or who just plain enjoy hearing about good food! Let’s start with Maude’s…
Restaurant: Maude’s Liquor Bar
Area of Town: West Loop
It’s Been Described As: A “rustic, rough, Frenchy divey bar“
Perfect For: Romantic date night
What to Get: I had two favorites here. The French Onion Fondue ($12) was served with a piping hot baguette and was quite possibly one of the best dishes I have EVER eaten. It was absolutely incredible. For my meal, I picked right again with the Steak Tartare ($18). It was so full of flavor and so filling, I don’t think I spoke a word the entire time I ate it. I’m telling you, unbelievably delicious.
Rating: No question, Maude’s gets 5/5 peppermints. This place is restaurant heaven. It’s French-ish dishes are unique, flavorful, and the ambiance has almost a perfect retro/garage-y feel! The owner also claims the ever-successul Au Cheval (my favorite burger joint), Gilt Bar, and Bavette’s, so he’s definitely doing something right. Maude’s is a MUST try!
Sister Tip: The house bottle of red or white wine is a steal for only $20, and the red was fantastic. I left tipsy, full, and oh so happy. Plus the French pressed coffee was a perfect after meal drink!
Maude’s Liquor Bar is located at 840 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60607