Yum. Here’s a Foodie Friday post for you. Mr. Betty and I don’t frequent brunch as much as we’d like to, but when his sister came to visit last month we made the effort to find a parking spot downtown on a Sunday morning. We’ve always liked Max’s Wine Dive for dinner and had yet to try their brunch. While the buffet is supposed to be amazing, we opted for the a la carte options and sat outside. We lingered over the menu while we sipped mimosas.
Only true pigs need an appetizer at brunch. So we ordered two. The Pan Borracho translates to “drunk bread” and consists of bread, prosciutto, thyme, and wine wine custard baked with Gruyère, Parmigiano Reggiano and provolone. I know. I know. It’s as good as it sounds. Better. We also tried a half order of Marcona Almond Crusted French Toast. Wow! Next time I’ll get the French Toast as my meal.
Choosing entrees was a tough choice, but we settled on three very different things and stole bites from each other’s plates, trying everything. The SXSW was a kicked-up shrimp and cheese grits with jalapeños, spicy pulled pork, a fried egg, tomatoes, corn and cilantro. A real showstopper.
The Badass Breakfast Burrito was as large as it was badass, with eggs, cheese, and chorizo tightly nestled in a spinach tortilla. We all agreed that the sweet potato hash and sweet corn queso elevated this California staple to, well, Texas.
Perhaps the most indulgent of the three dishes was the Fried Egg Sandwich. This is no ordinary breakfast sandwich.
Three over-easy eggs were topped with a garlic black truffle aioli, applewood-smoked bacon, Gruyère, lettuce, tomato and drizzled with truffle oil. This rich sandwich surprisingly low in calories. (Just wanted to see if you were paying attention. Nothing here is low in calories.)
Sometimes when you’re taking lots of food photos in a restaurant, people want to know what’s up. On this occasion the friendly couple next to us wanted to know each dish we were eating and offered up their own chicken and waffles for a photo. I happily snapped a couple shots since Max’s is famous for their fried chicken. How good does this look?
So what’s the takeaway from Max’s brunch? Go. Immediately. And park a mile away so you can start walking it off.