**This Restaurant is CLOSED**
Restaurant Features: Bar (limited to beer and wine), Counter-Service, Live Music, On-Site Parking
Location: Forest Lake
Address: 21450 Forest Blvd. North (Intersection of Hwys 61 & 97) 651.982.1802 | Fax 651.982.1803
Hours: M-F 6am-9pm Sat 7am-9pm Sun 7am-3pm
Atmosphere: Brightly colored walls with lighted pendants hanging from the high ceilings, Max’s is brightly lit during the day, and seems like it is romantic and laid-back at night. Counter service is offered for breakfast and lunch, with digital screens displaying the current menu. Dinner menu/table service is the standard for dinner. I was pleased to see that Max’s is smoke-free and they also offer Wi-Fi :)
Menu: Breakfast items include a variety of omelets, breakfast burritos, fruit and classic breakfast sandwiches (build-your-own with choices of a variety of meat, eggs and cheeses). Several varieties of coffee and energy drinks are also very popular. Lunch items include a variety of fresh salads, soups (chicken dumpling and SOTD), and specialty sandwiches including the baked Reuben, Philly cheese steak, grilled chicken, clubhouse, and a variety of deli sandwiches as well. Hot dogs and hot carved beef (referred to as “burgers”) sandwiches are also very popular.
Dinner selections include all of the specialty and hot sandwiches, plus pulled pork, beef brisket, ribs, rotisserie chicken, and coconut crusted tilapia.
There is a large dessert menu and also a huge variety of specialty drinks offered, including a selection of wine, beer, teas, coffees and old-fashioned sodas.
Price guide: Breakfast $3-6, Salads $4-7, Sandwiches $5-8 Dinners $8-11
What I ordered: Baked Reuben (Hand carved corned-beef topped with swiss cheese, sauerkraut, and 1000 island dressing on rye bread, served with seasoned kettle chips. I thought the sandwich was very good, the corned beef was lean and had great flavor. My personal preference is that Reubens have better flavor when grilled with butter, but this baked Reuben is a better choice for keeping it “light”.
My companion ordered the Memphis Bleu Burger, slow-cooked shredded beef topped with peppered bacon and bleu cheese, served on ciabatta bread. This sandwich was amazing! I tried only a few bites and have never had anything like it before. The combination of flavors from the beef, bacon and bleu cheese was really wonderful and I loved that it was served on the ciabatta.
Service: Very friendly! No matter what time of day you visit, you are sure to be catered to. Although you must order at the counter for breakfast or lunch, food is prepared reasonably fast and brought to your table. The only thing I think that could be improved is having a refill station that customers can access.
Overall Impression: Excellent food, fast service, great prices!