The long-awaited opening of Max's Wine Dive on Fairview was Tuesday (Jan. 28), and longtime Max's fans might be happy to know that it brought Michael Pellegrino with it. Pellegrino has been the executive chef at the original Houston location for five years, and now he'll be leading both Houston-area kitchens. The Shepherd and Fairview outposts will each feature location-specific dishes: "MAX's Classics" are the same at both spots, and will be on one side of the menu; on the other side of the menu is a new Montrose-exclusive seasonal list of dining options to explore.
Apart from the classic dishes, diners will also recognize the similar shotgun-style layout with 2,400 square feet that will seat about 120 guests inside and 20 on the outdoor patio. A vintage jukebox and regularly rotating local art will be on display, along with a partitioned bar that includes personalized wine bottles and an art piece featuring the Rolling Stones, since they want to maintain the rock 'n' roll vibe from the original Houston location. And while this neighborhood can be a colossal parking nightmare, guests will be able to choose from valet or parking on the adjacent lot on Fairview. Another similarity that locals will like is the late-night hours that have set the original Houston Max's apart from other gourmet comfort food destinations. It will be open Monday through Thursday for dinner from 4 p.m. to 12 a.m., Friday through Saturday 4 p.m. to 2 a.m., Sunday at 4 p.m. to 12 a.m. Brunch hours are Friday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and happy hour will be Monday through Friday from 4 to 7 p.m.
See both the dinner and brunch menus here:
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