While we may have no shortage of steakhouses in Chicago, Maple & Ash offers something different, successfully blending traditional and modern experiences. The BF and I stopped in with our friends on a Monday night. You know, the typically slow night for restaurants. It could have been Friday based on how busy the place was. What's up with the name? Maple & ash are the two types of wood the restaurant uses in their wood-burning grill.
Once seated, you're treated to what Maple & Ash calls an "amuse booze," a complimentary mini martini, olives, radishes, and cheese. Just in case you get hungry while perusing the menu. We thought it was a nice touch.
|IDGAF Menu Option|
|Maple & Ash Wedge Salad|
|Tenderloin Steak Tartare|
They also offer traditional cuts including steak frites, two types of ribeyes, filet and bone-in filet, rack of lamb, New York strip, and a surf and turf option. If you're not into steak, there are many options including grilled whole branzino, housemade ricotta agnolotti, and a coal roasted half chicken.
|Brussels Sprouts and Potatoes Gratin|
We really enjoyed ourselves at Maple & Ash and it's been scientifically proven it's the best way to spend a Monday night (or any night really). From the decadent wedge salad, to the tender steaks with a perfect crust, no dish was overlooked. Service for the most part was flawless as well. A meal here is not cheap, but when it comes to the quality of the food and the ambience, you get what you pay for.
I'm giving Maple & Ash 4.5 ghosts out of 5!
Maple & Ash
8 W. Maple Street
Chicago, IL 60610