840 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60607

Maude’s is a hazy, wonderful place; a stalwart of the West Loop. Getting a table or spot there is, well, quite annoying. But it’s worth it. Put your name in early, or sneak up to the bar. It’s incredibly small and very intimate. There’s an upstairs dining room, but I’ve never been, as the quiet chaos of the downstairs bar area is preferable.

If you’re hungry, get the seafood tower. If you’re hot, get a smash. And if you’re adventurous (and are in the mood for peanut butter and jelly) get the chicken liver paté. Eat some oysters, have a cocktail or two, and stumble back out into the night.

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