Windy City Media Group Frontpage News

THE VOICE OF CHICAGO'S GAY, LESBIAN, BI, TRANS AND QUEER COMMUNITY SINCE 1985

Social Media home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2022-03-16
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
Donate

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

DISH: SAVOR Maxwell's at the Club
by Andrew Davis, Windy City Times
2015-06-09

facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email


At first, I didn't know what to make of profiling/reviewing a restaurant inside a health club.

Thoughts of smoothies and items made with wheatgrass formed in my head. However, it's a different story when the facility is the tony East Bank Club and Maxwell's at the Club ( 500 N. Kingsbury St.; eastbankclub.com/dining/maxwells-at-the-club/ ) is the restaurant .

Maxwell's does keep the health-conscious diner in mind, as its more healthful items have nutritional information included, such as calories as well as grams of protein, fat and carbs. However, you better believe that info isn't listed for a chocolate soufflé cake.

Overall, the experience at Maxwell's warrants a return. The turkey meatball minis were quite good ( if a little kicky ) and, thankfully, the grilled calamari was not rubbery. On the more healthful side, my friend and I tried the Brussels sprouts salad; I liked it more than my dining companion—but he's not big on sprouts, in the first place.

However, he was over the moon about the turkey-breast medallions, savory items that come with blackberry sauce and sweet potatoes. I was pretty satisfied with the Chicken in the Pot—a pretty sizeable tureen filled with vegetables and a poached chicken breast. I defy ( almost ) anyone to consume that in one sitting.

I almost felt guilty indulging at a health club—but the desserts are worth the guilt. The bananas Foster came with vanilla ice cream in one dish and the piping-hot bananas/dark-rum sauce/brown sugar in another. ( The server joked—I hope—that the chefs didn't trust him the mini-blowtorch. ) The result was absolutely sinful. We also tried the coconut snowball—vanilla ice cream rolled in toasted coconut with homemade hot fudge. We both really liked it as well, although not quite as much as the bananas Foster.

However, there's another good reason to check out Maxwell's—the Midnight Sun band. The band ( which includes a sublime vocalist ) specializes in jazz and R&B numbers, playing everything from contemporary hits like K'Jon's "On the Ocean" to classic songs by Luther Vandross and Hall & Oates. I can go for that.

My final analysis? The food and entertainment at Maxwell's are certainly good enough to entertain Mayor Rahm Emanuel, TMZ's Harvey Levin ( among those who allegedly have patronized East Bank ), you and me.


facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email

  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

SAVOR Coco Pazzo: Lunch at a longtime Italian favorite
2022-05-13
The River North spot Coco Pazzo, 300 W. Hubbard St., is one of those spots I've always wanted to visit. I had heard some people rave about the restaurant but, for some reason, I never got around to visiting this Tuscan ...


Gay News

Queer college salutatorian plans to help community through food
2022-05-10
Back in March, Jose Cueva got an unexpected phone call from the president of Kennedy-King College: Cueva's perfect 4.0 GPA meant he would be graduating as salutatorian. "I was in shock; I wasn't expecting that," Cueva ...


Gay News

SAVOR Cafe Sophie: Chef Grant talks about his European getaway in the Gold Coast
2022-05-06
Chef Danny Grant wants to take Chicagoans (and visitors) to Europe—via his latest spot, Cafe Sophie, which opened April 14. Named after Grant's aunt, Cafe Sophie (a 2,500-square-foot space at 847 N. State St., in the ...


Gay News

Two Whole Foods stores to close; Lightfoot, Hunter respond
2022-04-30
Whole Foods is closing two Chicago stores—including one it opened on the South Side six years ago amid promises to end the food desert in that area, Block Club Chicago reported. The Englewood spot and a ...


Gay News

Chicago part of Taco Bell Drag Brunch tour
2022-04-29
Starting next month, Taco Bell is launching the Taco Bell Drag Brunch—a five-stop restaurant tour that aims to celebrate drag culture and the LGBTQ+ community, Food and Wine noted. Taking place at five Taco Bell Cantina ...


Gay News

The Andersonville Wine Walk returns for its 16th year on May 15
2022-04-23
-- From a press release - CHICAGO (April 21, 2022) — The Andersonville Chamber of Commerce (ACC), in partnership with In Fine Spirits, is pleased to welcome back its annual Andersonville Wine Walk, an afternoon of ...


Gay News

Andersonville Farmers Market returns May 11 - Oct. 19
2022-04-15
-- From a press release - CHICAGO (April 14, 2022) — The Andersonville Farmers Market (AFM) is pleased to return for its 13th season featuring 30 vendors on Wednesdays from 3 — 7 pm from May 11 — October 19, 2022 on ...


Gay News

First COVID breath test authorized
2022-04-15
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized the first COVID-19 test that uses breath samples, according to NBC News. The InspectIR COVID-19 Breathalyzer test has to be done by a trained operator, but the FDA said ...


Gay News

Out LondonHouse Executive Chef Liz Sweeney talks industry, personal journey
2022-04-14
During a recent conversation with Windy City Times, LondonHouse Executive Chef Liz Sweeney revealed several aspects of herself—all coming together to show a complex and open individual. For example, she was quick to flash a smile ...


Gay News

LGBT POCs 3X more likely than white non-LGBTs to have faced food insufficiency during pandemic
2022-04-14
-- From a press release - During the pandemic, an estimated 13% of LGBT adults in the U.S. reported not having enough to eat in the past week, compared to 8% of non-LGBT adults, according to a new report by the Williams ...


Gay News

SAVOR Michelin-starred restaurants; 'Study of Spring'
2022-04-06
Four Chicago restaurants were named first-time recipients of Michelin stars, according to The Chicago Tribune. Those spots are the French-inflected Claudia (with items like squid-ink madeleines), artsy restaurant Esme, the ...


Gay News

SAVOR The Lunchroom at SPACE 519: A chic cafe in Streeterville
2022-04-05
It turns out that some of the city's best dining spots are inside stores—seriously. There are long-established places like The Walnut Room at Macy's, but there are many others, such as Eataly and Restoration Hardware's Eat: ...


Gay News

SAVOR The Kitchen American Bistro: Brunch by the river
2022-03-25
Brunch in Chicago has almost become an institution unto itself. Now that things are slowly returning to "normal," people are emerging from their homes—and some are just starting to realize the potentially overwhelming number of brunch ...


Gay News

SAVOR Adorn: One of the best restaurants you'll hit this year
2022-03-22
In 2021, visiting Adorn Bar & Restaurant (in the Four Seasons, at 120 E. Delaware Pl.) were among the high points in what was a year of turbulence, to say the least. A recent visit, however, ...


Gay News

Nobody's Darling named James Beard Award finalist
2022-03-16
A month after being named a Chicago-area semifinalist for the 2022 James Beard Foundation Awards, the Black- and queer-owned spot Nobody's Darling has been named a finalist for Outstanding Bar Program. Nobody's Darling will compete against ...


 



Copyright © 2022 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS







Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor


 



Donate


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Advanced Search     
Windy City Queercast      Queercast Archives     
Press  Releases      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast      Blogs     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam     
Privacy Policy     

Windy City Media Group publishes Windy City Times,
The Bi-Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.