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Best dessert at Max's

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Traveling to the east bay, and the Max's on Crow Canyon is midway between the hotel and office, so I know I'll be there one meal. Which one is the best dessert?

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  1. Respectfully, I don't think they have one anymore. I gave up, as well as my family, who used to love to visit Max's over the years. There was a steady decline to the point of inedibility the last time, which turned out indeed, to be the last time.

    1. I live in San Ramon and Max's is terrible. It has gone very much downhill over the last 5 years or so to the point that it's not even clean anymore. I would definitley try somewhere else. If you are a dessert lover, try Cafe Esin on San Ramon Valley. It's fabulous!

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      1. re: baseballfan

        Second that, they take pride in the desserts at Esin and the savory foods are excellent as well - some of the best in the area. It's maybe a third of a mile from Max's, just over 680.

        http://www.cafeesin.com/

      2. I can't recommend any strongly, but the chocolate covered coconut macaroon is probably the least offensive -- although it's only inoffensive if you plan to split it four ways, because the size and weight of the thing is a bit obscene.

        1. I'd say about a year ago I had an eclair from there (to share of course b/c they are huge!)...the pastry part left something to be desired, but the custards (and I mean plural, vanilla on one side and chocolate on the other) were amazing! The chocolate chip cheesecake is really good too...I think that is what it was called. It's dense chocolate cake on the bottom, a layer of chocolate chips and then cheesecake on the top. Yum!

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          1. re: lj2899

            They used to make an ice cream sundae which was good especially with coffee ice cream and hot fudge. My husband loved their key lime pie but it has been years since we would have desserts after attending events near Max Opera Cafe.

          2. I haven't been back in at least 5 years since i had 2 pretty bad experiences in a row. But I remember my favorite dessert used to be a Peach & Cranberry Cobbler a la Mode that was very good. Easily shareable between 2, maybe up to 3 people.

            1. Thanks everyone. I'm sorry to hear about so many bad experiences at Max's. I haven't been to the location on Crow Canyon in years, and will not go this trip. I did have a great puttanesca at Kulteto's in San Mateo just after arriving at SFO. An In-N-Out Double Double came later, and I'm optimistic about a big business dinner at Blackhawk tomorrow night.

              Cafe Esin is quite near my hotel, and I dine there almost every time I'm in the Bay Area. As a solo diner they almost invariably seat me in the 'corridor' across from the dessert station. As if that's a bad seat! I stroll over, eye them all, maybe chat up the hard working dessert woman, and make plans for mouthfuls of bliss.