Maxwells is a great place. I don't know what was going on when the other reviews were written, but I have always had great service there. I am a frequent visitor. The food is excelent, great quality, and you get large portions for not very much money. The servers come to recognize regulars, and there is a very friendly atmosphere. It can be smokey, but no more then any other bar that allows smoking. If you are going to go, you should be a smoker or at least tolerant of smoking. There are plenty of restaraunts and bars for non-smokers in the area. The only time I have had a problem with my food (a new cook forgot to leave off what I asked) the waitress took it back with a smile and apologized for the error. The owners are personable and friendly and make it a point to say hello when they are in the dining area. It can be crowded sometimes, but that is to be expected with a popular restaraunt. Their dinner specials and summer bar-b-ques are wonderful. Happy hour has great food at unbelievable prices ($2.00 for potato skins!). The specialty is chicago hot dogs- real chicago hot dogs, a bonus for midwest transplants! The dogs are also all natural- I can't eat regular hot dogs due to the additives that make me ill, but at Maxwells, I can have any of the hot dogs there. Maxwells is a great, friendly place, and one of the best relaxed restaraunts in the area.
Pros: Great food, great service, friendly atmosphere
Cons: not good for anti-smokers, as a bar no kids allowed