It had been over four years since Kevin and I indulged into some of Max’s Wine Dive’s delicious pan borracho. Unfortunately, arriving at around 3 o’clock on a Saturday, Max’s only offers items from their brunch menu, so no drunk bread. Brunch ends at 4. Luckily for us, the brunch menu consisted of so many delicious things. It took us forever to decide what we wanted. Max’s Wine Dive is a cool wine bar that serves gourmet food with a hip twist. It is located behind the Quarry Market.
It was a chilly day and of course, as usual, we were exploring for some Pokemon. Our bellies were growling and had to stop somewhere to eat. Max’s it was. We walk in and get seated immediately. I wouldn’t say this place is fancy, but it is a bit upscale with a rock and roll spin on it. Very cool and hip.
Kevin started off with a glass of wine and I indulged in a big glass of good ol’ agua. For an appetizer we started off with one of the restaurants signature dishes. The MAX’n Cheese. It a cavatappi (corkscrew) pasta in a truffle cream sauce with provolone, gruyere, parmigiano-reggiano and white cheddar. We added lobster to it and it was the perfect touch. We split this and couldn’t believe how delicious it was. It was a perfect appetizer, especially for how hungry we were.
Kevin ordered the fried egg sandwich. It was on an artisan sourdough bread with three fried eggs, applewood-smoked bacon, a cheese blend of parmesan, gruyere, provolone and white cheddar, bibb lettuce, tomatoes and black truffle aioli, served with Wine Dive truffle chips. Alongside of that he ordered an order of the jalapeño cheddar grits, which i didn’t get a photo of but they were so delicious!
I went ahead and ordered Max’s famous southern fried chicken. It’s jalapeño-buttermilk marinated chicken, mashed potatoes, collard greens and Texas toast, accompanied with chipotle honey. Alongside of that I ordered a side of their jalapeño white gravy. The downside to this experience is that they completely ran out, I was dying to try that white gravy with my chicken. I was really bummed about that. White gravy rules. I went ahead and dealt with ordering a side of brown mushroom gravy, which was okay. I just know the white gravy would have paired perfectly with my dish. Overall, the chicken was the bomb dot com. So moist and flavorful. The chipotle honey set the whole dish off.
The service was kind of slow, but the food was good. Other than that and the gravy issue, we had a great brunch session at Max’s and will definitely be back. Especially with a full dinner menu available. Don’t forget if you want to stop by they only offer their brunch menu Saturdays and Sundays from 10-4. I definitely recommend this spot if you’re in the area!