Comfort Food is Classy at Max's Wine Dive

05.11.2015 by: Jo Firth
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Max’s Wine Dive isn’t your typical Uptown wine bar. Sure, their wine menu is extensive, and it’s filled with a selection that rivals anything else you’re likely to find in Dallas. But what really sets Max’s apart – and gives this popular spot its true character – is the food you’ll find on the other side of their menu.

Located on McKinney Avenue, Max's Wine Dive offers a new twist on the wine bar experience. 

The menu at Max’s features a wide range of updated comfort food classics made gourmet by Executive Chef Patrick Russell. There’s plenty to choose from, and it’s all delicious; from the moment you first choose an appetizer, it’s hard to go wrong. But because Max’s is all about the wine, start your meal right by ordering a glass or a bottle for the table first. The staff will open any bottle on their list with a two-glass commitment, so the possibilities are limitless.

Max's wine menu is full of great choices, but we reccomend you enjoy a glass of bubbly with your meal.

Once you’ve gotten a drink, move on to the appetizers. We recommend the Pork Stuffed Piquillo Peppers; they’re zesty and flavorful but not too filling, and just the perfect size for starters. The MAX n’ Cheese is also delicious, thanks to a blend of rich cheeses in truffle cream sauce. Be sure to save room, though, because the entrees at Max’s are worth waiting for.

The Pork Stuffed Piquillo Peppers are flavorful, delicious, and just the right size.   

Any main course on Max’s menu is worth a try, but there’s one dish they’re especially proud of: their Famous Southern Fried Chicken. Trust us, it’s worth the hype. At Max’s, it’s marinated in a jalapeno-buttermilk batter and deep-fried “slow and low” to create perfectly-golden, juicy fried chicken unlike anything you’ll find elsewhere. As if that weren’t tempting enough, they serve three pieces of chicken alongside buttery Texas toast, mashed potatoes, and delicious house-recipe collard greens. If you’re not usually a fan of greens, at least give them a try at Max’s because their recipe gives other greens a bad name. The whole package makes for one of the best Southern-style meals you’ll ever have, and it all pairs surprisingly well with a glass of wine from their lengthy menu. We recommend you try it with a glass of Prosecco or champagne, but any of Max’s knowledgeable staff members will be happy to help you make a selection if you have particular tastes. In fact, the entire menu at Max’s is designed to accommodate a variety of tastes and preferences, including food allergies – they even offer a gluten-free version of their fried chicken that’s just as good as the original.

Fried Chicken at Max's is cooked "slow and low" to seal in juicy flavor, which makes all the difference. 

Portions at Max’s are large, so don’t be surprised if you’re too full for dessert. But if you can save room, try their "Better than Sex” Chocolate Torte; the name says it all. They also offer a variety of dessert wines, so you can finish your meal on a high note. Because of its prime Uptown location on McKinney Avenue, Max’s stays busy. We recommend calling ahead for a reservation if you can, just to beat the line. They’re busiest around dinnertime, but their award-winning brunch is also known around town, so expect a crowd for either time. There’s usually ample parking in the nearby garages, and attire is fairly casual, so it’s a great choice no matter the occasion. And even though their fried chicken takes a little extra time to prepare, trust us when we say it’s worth the wait.

Max's Wine Dive Official Site

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