Where did June go? Are we already 1/3 of the way through summer?
I don't know about you guys, but life has been so busy lately! Last weekend Jon and I finally had an evening where we cooked dinner (aka, bought pre-made meals from Whole Foods) and stayed in for the evening (aka, watched the original Jurassic Park since we have been obsessing over the new one lately). And I was like, dude I know I've seen you recently, but this is the first do-nothing night we've had in forever!
Despite the packed schedule, I've managed to squeeze in some quality friend time, like recently when I met up with my friend Kelly at Max's Wine Dive, who I literally hadn't seen in TWELVE YEARS. <~~Nothing makes you feel old like that statement, #ThisIsThirty.
I'm going to get this first one out of the way here. I ordered a side of the collard greens, and...I couldn't eat them. If you're familiar with my blog, you'll know that not being able to eat a dish is a completely rare situation for me. I'm no collard greens expert, but these tasted like they came right out of a can. You know how canned spinach tastes? Imagine that, but with collard greens, and that's what these were. Slimy, incredibly salty, and...canned-tasting. Unfortunately I have nothing good to say about this side. I'm hoping it was a fluke.
Fortunately, there was a saving grace from the barely edible collard greens and unexciting Max 'n cheese.
Lordy, these were good! The breading was so light, and it had an almost wafer-like crunch. The sauce underneath the juicy green tomatoes eased their acidity and offered a nice, delightful punch to the taste. THIS dish makes Max's Wine Dive live up to it's reputation of having classy, fun, southern-inspired fare. These might be my favorite fried green tomatoes ever. I gobbled them right up!
While I experienced a mixed bag with the food I ordered, it is worth noting that Kelly did once again love her fried chicken, as I have often heard from others. It seems that Max's needs to make some adjustments to its supporting role dishes to offer up more consistency. The overall environment of Max's is certainly welcoming - trendy, vibrant, and cozy, the place was packed that night. The service was also great, and the setting was really nice for reconnecting with a sweet friend from a million years ago. If you go I recommend you make a reservation, plan on using valet (as there was no other option that night), bypass the collard greens, and order the fried green tomatoes.