Did someone say scene? Oh darling, that’s half the fun at Chicago’s buzziest steakhouse, Maple & Ash. Deep-set leather couches, clubby music and even a photo booth lend the multi-level marvel an irresistible party vibe. This restaurant is set to the soft glow emanating from the semi-open kitchen, where a wood-fired hearth lights up dry-aged steakhouse classics, cut to generous proportions. Seafood lovers will find plenty to mull over too, like a tangle of octopus and squid, prepared in the wood-fueled oven and served with dill yogurt, arugula and roasted potatoes. Then, a fire-roasted seafood tower is brought tableside, featuring lobster tail, scallops, Manilla clams and king crab, all bathed in garlic butter, chili oil and served with house-made pasta.
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