The $175 three-level Maude’s Tower at Maude’s Liquor Bar is the ultimate seafood indulgence. 840 W. Randolph St., 312-243-9712
1 Alaska king crab
Superfresh, delicately flavored leg meat to dip in clarified butter.
2 Cured Scottish salmon ceviche
This dish really kicks. It must be the citrus vinaigrette marinade with Espelette and serrano peppers.
3 Maine lobster
Steamed for eight minutes, dipped in an ice bath to halt cooking, and placed on the tower. (The secret to good lobster being not to mess with it.)
4 Blue prawns
Hefty and succulent but with a terrific snap.
5 Mignonette sauce
Deep purple from red onions and refreshingly sharp from Champagne vinegar mixed with sparkling wine. Bring on the oysters.
There are always three from the East Coast (such as small, briny Ichabod Flats) and three from the Pacific Northwest (sweet and creamy Kusshis, for example).