Maple Tree Inn: "A touch of New Orleans near Chicago" Blue Island Restaurant Tip by Dabs
Blue Island Restaurants: 1 reviews and 0 photos
Last visit October 2011
It's not easy finding good Cajun fare in and around Chicago, Heaven on Seven located in several spots in Chicagoland is a local favorite but when we have a hankering for Cajun, we head over to Maple Tree Inn in south suburban Blue Island. The original location of the Maple Tree Inn was on Western in Chicago, we've been going to this place since we were first married back in the late 80s. We've had a few bad experiences with changed recipes and inconsistent food but we're always willing to give them another try.
In the warmer months, they open up the verandah so you can sit outside, in the winter they cover it over and heat it so it's still a pleasant place to sit. The last two times we have been here in 2011 they have had live music on the verandah.
Favorite Dish: Our absolute favorite dish is the barbecue shrimp. Back in the old days we used to get the unpeeled head and tail on shrimp and by the time we were done we would have barbecue sauce covering our hands and arms up to our elbows. We now go for the more refined method of getting them peeled which is a lot less work (and a lot less messy!!!) They are back to the original recipe or something very close to it. David still orders the shrimp, I usually go for a fried shrimp boat, filled with jumbo shrimp and served with a side of the bbq sauce for dipping.
We usually order something with oysters for an appetizers either the flash fried with spicy dipping sauce or the 2x2x2 with 3 different varities of oysters (one is rockefeller).
There's a full bar and you can get New Orleans inspired drinks such as Hurricanes and Zombies, there's a beer menu with a lot of craft beers and at least in the fall there's a martini menu with caramel apple, pumpkin latte and other seasonal flavors.
On our last visit in October 2011 we went for soft shell crab fest, all you can eat for $30 including crabcakes, crab bisque and soft shell crabs, serve yourself. I prefer going when you can order off the menu, but the food was good for the fest.
Address: 13301 S. Old Western Avenue
Price Comparison: about average
Directions: We always drive here, street parking is plentiful but Metromix also lists the CTA bus (49A S. Western) and Metra train (Rock Island Line)