Maillard Tavern


verdict– a tex-mex influenced restaurant in River West specializing in burgers but also offering some other mouth-watering options like pozole, a traditional mexican soup, and the “Sloppy Giuseppe, a wild boar ragu sandwich. I WILL BE BACK!

location – on a pretty busy corner at the intersection of halsted, milwaukee and grand. dark and moody, blue tones and chill lightbulbs overhead, and a pretty large bar. extra points for serving food at the bar.

the chili – an underrated gamechanger due to the pulled pork and beef inside, which had completely broken down in the stew. superbly seasoned.

the burger (we got the award winning City Slicker, $24) – packed with different flavors – an ounce and a half of intensely rich foie gras, fragrant black truffle pesto, and crispy proscuitto, all holding up nicely in a toasted potato bun. MAJOR PRO – that proscuitto added another level of savoriness and an awesome crunch to the bite. no major cons, except perhaps that it was a bit too oily.

was it worth the money? not necessarily, but it was delicious none the less, and the perfect size for two people to share.

the duck fat fries – perfectly crisp, a subtle gamey flavor with each bite. u know me – i love my fries.

the service – no frills, efficient, polite, and they SPLIT UP THE PORTIONS OF EVERYTHING FOR US into the perfect serving size. very happy

the drinks – decently priced. diverse selection!

on the rest of the menu – some tantalizing milkshakes made with creme anglaise, a fancy dessert custard, as well as some fun sounding SPIKED versions!

Maillard Tavern (site)

494 North Milwaukee Ave., Chicago IL 60654


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