Max's Wine Dive- Combining wine and comfort food

Visit Dallas's first casual wine restaurant this September. Photo: Max's Wine Dive

DALLAS, September 7, 2012— Wine bars are tricky venues in Dallas. Not only are they few and far between, but they are generally not frequented by young people; typically, you walk into a wine bar and see tables filled with middle-aged wine connoisseurs and an array of wines perfectly arranged along the walls. The automatic assumption is that your experience is going to be special (and expensive) based on the mere ambiance of the establishment. The fancy art and décor, dim lights, wait staff dressed in black, and an esoteric name that sounds European are all parts of what defines a wine bar. More importantly, the menu has typically offered a selection of cliché foods that you assume you would eat at a wine bar, and would probably consist of something along the lines of fruit and cheese plates, flatbreads, a few dips of some kind, and salads.

Not anymore. Just when I thought that I could no longer be tempted by my addiction to wine and fried cheesy foods, Max’s Wine Dive decided to rain on my parade of sobriety and healthy eating. I was immediately attracted to Max’s because of the straightforward jargon that is used to describe what the place simply is: a wine dive.

I first tried this gem when I was visiting a friend in Houston and was drawn to the laid back atmosphere. Max’s Wine Dive prides itself on being a restaurant that happens to focus on wine as opposed to just your standard wine bar. While the wine alone is enough for me to stumble into Max’s, the comfort food that graces their menu is its largest selling point. More importantly, there are a plethora of options for any palette.

As a vegetarian who dabbles in chicken every now and again, the Southern Fried Chicken was enough to tempt my carnivorous side to come out and play. However, if you are a staunch vegetarian and refuse to give in to temptation, you can try a variety of options including the Max N’ Cheese, which can be prepared with vegan ingredients, or the Fried Egg Sandwich, sans the bacon of course. Since the menu is seasonal and largely depends on the chef’s personal creations, each location features a variety of dishes that are made from locally sourced ingredients. Finally, if you’re a fan of the wine they serve you, you can buy a bottle on your way out.

Set to open later this month in convenient West Village where the Borders used to be, Max’s Wine Dive is sure to be a hit in the Dallas scene.  

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