First Look at Max's Wine Dive
Photos by Catherine Downes
Max's Wine Dive (3600 McKinney Ave.), uptown's newest culinary addition, opened last Wednesday in the space that once housed Borders bookstore. The Texas-based restaurant and wine bar originated in Houston in 2006 and has since expanded to Austin, San Antonio and now, Dallas.
The restaurant is spacious, with large windows and a lofty ceiling. Diners can pull up a stool at the expansive wine-bar, which serves up everything from house Garnacha, served on tap, for $6.75 a glass to a bottle of 1985 Chateau Cheval Blanc, and everything in between (all bottles are available for retail sale). Or if they prefer, diners can grab a seat at one of the many tables inside or on the patio.
The menu is seasonal, and currently offers fall cuisine like veal sweetbreads pot pie ($21), pumpkin risotto ($18) and stuffed Texas quail ($16). Dinner services starts at 4 p.m. every day, and reservations are encouraged. Those looking to grab a nightcap can do so Thursday through Saturday, when Max's is open until 2 a.m, and then come back to nurse their wine-induced hangover with brunch, which is served Friday through Sunday. The brunch menu includes everything from a simple fruit cup ($5) to the super-popular jalapeño-buttermilk marinated Southern fried chicken served with mashed potatoes, collard greens and Texas toast ($15).
Pumpkin risotto topped with a Southern fried egg, currants and pepitas.
Hostess Mary Flinn's favorite bottle of wine; Urban 'Circle U' Riesling.
Jalapeno-buttermilk marinated Southern fried chicken served with mashed potatoes, collared greens and Texas toast.