This week the Eater 38 club took a stab at another one of Chicago Eater’s “Eater 38” restaurants. The choice: Maude’s Liquor Bar. Not only is Maude’s on the Eater 38 List but it’s also on the newest Michelin Bib Gourmand list, so I was a little excited about it. Unfortunately that excitement wore off fairly quickly.
Let me say this right off the bat, I thought their frites were some of the best I’ve had. Perfectly fried, thick sticks of potato with a solid, crisp outer shell, encasing a light fluffy center. They smelled and tasted like they were fried in duck fat which may explain it. The frites were so good they didn’t need the aioli which accompanied the order. Not as much a fan of the other appetizer we ordered, the French Onion Fondue (caramelized onions and melted gruyere). As far as melted/broiled cheese appetizers go I wasn’t wowed. Best to leave this type of dish to the Argentine and Mexican restaurants. (more…)