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Dec 2, 2000 01:39 PM

New Orleans chow?

  • m

Please point me in the direction of a tasty & fun atmosphere New Orleans style restaurant in the Chicago area (I'm already familiar with Heaven on Seven).

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  1. Tasty with "fun" atmosphere, perhaps

    Maple Tree Inn
    13301 S. Old Western Ave.
    Blue Island
    Tel: (708) 338-3461


    3 Replies
    1. re: jsmith

      Do you know how long it takes to get from the loop to Blue Island?

      What kind of atmosphere does it have?



      1. re: Carrie

        It might take 35 to 45 minutes to get there from the Loop, always dependent on traffic.

        Atmosphere is -- faux bayou?


        1. re: Carrie

          Haven't been there for a couple years, but it had a good beer selection, patio and inside was somewhat charming. It's on a great little street next to a hardware store that had some great bric-a-brac.
          The food was good. I was introduced by some friends who live in Markham and they love it. Personally, I think it beats Heaven on Seven.

      2. m
        Marvin Walker

        I'm missing a main Gumbo ingredient, the Lousiana (Andouille)Sausage. Can I purchase it somewhere at the Fulton Street Market, or anywhere else, in Chicago? I must have it by Friday, this week.


        1. For my money, the best New Orleans chow in Chicago is Louisiana Kitchen at 2666 N. Halstead St. The seafood gumbo, red beans and rice, blackened catfish, and crawfish etouffee are all great. They even serve Dixie beer. It's not a 24-7-365 Mardi Gras parade, but the atmosphere is lively and pleasant.