The bar and grill represents one of the service industry’s most perfect unions, eclipsed only by the bed and breakfast and the drive-thru buffet. Slow down, pull over, and park atop a sleek leather bar stool with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of pub fare and drinks at Maxum Bar & Grill in Willowbrook.
Live bands and DJs hurl harmonies across an expansive dance floor at Maxum Bar & Grill, where chefs comfort tummies with a menu of sizzling steaks and classic bar fare. Steak knives and sharpened incisors compete to tackle the bone-in rib eye ($27.95), whose 28 formidable ounces cause quaking chefs to spill boats of brown gravy over a homemade pot roast and its fluffy bed of mashed potatoes ($12.95). Sandwich cravings collapse beneath a selection of 19 handheld eats, which includes The OMG, a horseradish-smothered, protein-packed panoply of roast beef, turkey, and pepperoni ($8.95). A signature burrito arrives brimming with steak, jack cheese, avocado, and green salsa ($8.95), and pierogi crowned with bacon and scallions ($11.95) coast down tongues on the sudsy drafts pouring from foam-flecked taps.
Whizzing darts sail over pool tables beneath the bar's 20 televisions, which include five plasma screens designed to transmit viewers' vitriol straight into the minds of unjust refs. Those looking for a raucous end to the year will find ample dancing and resolution-breaking space inside the 5,000-square-foot Maxum, where countdowns will be underscored by firing corks this New Year's Eve.
Maxum Bar & Grill
It's rare to witness even a second of silence at Maxum Bar & Grill, where the air is forever filled with the clinking of beer mugs, the clatter of pool balls, and the chatter of friends. Twenty television screens speckle the walls, sending the buzz of sports games out across the 5,000-square-foot space. On weekend nights, the lively joint echoes with the strain of live rock-band performances and DJ sets.
The atmosphere is equally boisterous in the kitchen, where juicy steaks crackle on the grills and huge pots bubble with housemade soup. Chef Kurt Guzowski and his chefs bustle about folding housemade sauces, tender meats, and fresh seafood into burgers, wraps, and other pub favorites. They shower plump chicken wings in a choice of seven different sauces, including tangy teriyaki and savory garlic. They also prepare the catch of the day according to customer specifications, grilling, sautéing, or enraging fresh fish filets until sizzling hot.