I finally brought the family here tonight after my sister-in-law’s glowing recommendation and two previous attempts (once they were closed, and I gave up after waiting for a table an hour and a half on a Friday night). The ambience is comfortable and the service is great and knowledgeable. The food is rich and tasty, but the beer selection is even better: 24 taps with Three Floyds Zombie Dust the most common, and including three barrel-aged imperial stouts, Not cheap but not pretentious either.
Visited with a couple of locals and a coworker....very cool spot. Thursday at 7 found a batch of empty tables....seated in the former porch area...now very nice dining area.
Beer menu excellent; a little heavy on the heavy / hot beers but no matter; plenty for all.
Had to have Zombie dust first...no way to avoid...second was a really good sour...recommended by the wait staff person who nailed it.
While there...check out the Blue Island Brewery right down the street.
All in all...excellent place; interesting neighborhood.
Go for it.
Off the beaten path but well worth it! Great ambiance and food/beer selection (extensive draft and bottle offerings). Especially if you like cajun food.
EddieG (7) Palos Heights, Illinois | October 3, 2013
My old standby in the South Burbs. Thought I actually had entered this place many moons ago.
Cajun/Creole food is the game here with a old school laid back New Orleans vibe to accompany the vibe. Charlie Orr passed a few years back which is a loss, but a loss that brought with it immense progress courtesy of his daughter who took over. The place has become more refined and consistent in my opinion with better attention to the service of craft beer (no more dirty lines). I miss Charlie’s gruff old self and mood swings, but his place is showing great and really hitting a sweet spot in the south burbs.
Don’t miss this if you are in the area and absolutely make the trip if you are in need of a laid back evening out with some great bayou cooking and quality beers.
Wish they had better hours, but enjoy going when they are open. Great selection of crafts around world, some local, and food is excellent. Value, ok, not coming here for deal
IanIPA (8) Tinley Park, Illinois | January 4, 2012
New Orleans’s themed with a 26 beers on tap as well as a selection of loose bottles. Cajun and creole food, including pork ,ribs, and seafood. On of my favor places to be. Great staff and people. Not only good beer good mixed drinks too.
Judged a competition here and had a chance to drink and eat as well. Very cool old school vibe with heavy wooden stools and a ton of great beer on tap. The food is damn fine as well. The cover the gamut with the beer selections. Nice.
New orleans type theme. Cajun and sea food. Small place. Seems like people mostly go for the food. Always someone eating. Quiet. Owner is friendly. Great lakes christmas, affligem, sierra nevadas, goose island including bourbon county stout, founders rye, flossmoor beers. About half belgian or imports, half american micros. Great place to have a couple or enjoy the grub. Overly sweet bartenders. Ha.
Great NO ambiance. I’ve always been promptly seated and well served here. Their tap and bottle selection is top notch for the area. Their food is cvajun style and does not disappoint. In fact IMO it’s the best NO/cajun joint in town. I drive from the west suburbs to enjoy the Maple Tree
dm9831 (34) Monee, Illinois | November 23, 2005| Updated September 8, 2008
a favorite place. i love the aligator soup. you can sit at the bar and sample beer, or get a table and enjoy a meal on new orleans style cuisine. they even have a large patio. there is usually a good selection of beer, and a friendly staff to keep it pouring. i’ve been coming to maple tree (starting with his place on 107&western) for at least 25 years.