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philmaur Feb 15, 2008 08:00 AM

I heard that Maximo's reopened this week. Any reviews/comments? Thanks.

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    pilaf RE: philmaur Feb 15, 2008 10:43 AM

    Maximo's "soft opening" is this weekend.

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      philmaur RE: pilaf Feb 15, 2008 10:55 AM

      Thanks pilaf. I guess I'll just have to wait a few more days for any info.

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        HalfShell RE: philmaur Feb 15, 2008 11:33 AM

        What?? In the same space, or a new one? I loved Maximo's and was sad to hear that it closed. Does anyone have the story of why it closed and why all of a sudden it's coming back?

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          philmaur RE: HalfShell Feb 15, 2008 11:48 AM

          Yes, the same location on Decatur. The owner never reopened after Katrina & sold the business & building. Supposedly, the same chef has been hired by the new owners. That's good news!

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      Absinthe Minded RE: philmaur Feb 15, 2008 01:25 PM

      Just walked past the restaurant. All the tables were set, and everyone was inside scurrying getting ready to open for the evening. It looked great.

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        philmaur RE: Absinthe Minded Feb 15, 2008 02:36 PM

        AM, Does it still look the same inside? I loved the cool feel of that place.

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          philmaur RE: philmaur Feb 15, 2008 02:48 PM

          Well, I just saw their website (http://www.maximosgrill.com/) & got the answer to my question. It's different for sure.

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        geegeeTX RE: philmaur Feb 17, 2008 11:32 AM

        Wow, looked at the web site for the 'new' Maximo's and it looks totally different. Just looking at the picture reminds me of Dickie Brennan's Steakhouse.....ugh. That had to be the coolest restaurant on Decatur. One thing is for sure, it will not be the same if Morgan the waiter is not there - that dude was awesome! I'll look forward to giving it a shot on a future trip over to New Orleans.

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          pilaf RE: philmaur Feb 18, 2008 06:11 AM

          While the soft opening this weekend may not be completely indicative of Maximo's rebirth, I found the food to be excellent and reasonably priced. I disagree with the post below that it looks like Dickie Brennan's -- the high ceilings and exposed brick give it genuine French Quarter feel. The marinated crab claws and lamb chop app. were superb. And I was pleasantly surprised with the Osso Bucco made with a white wine demi glace. With entree prices at $17-27, I found the menu to be a good value. I recommend it highly for a nice, higher-end Italian meal an attractive place.

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            philmaur RE: pilaf Feb 18, 2008 06:26 AM

            Thanks for the review. The 'new' Maximo's sounds good. We'll check it out next month.

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            JazzyB RE: philmaur Feb 26, 2008 05:21 AM

            Had dinner there Sat. It was packed...reservations only. Tables are quite close. Dining room is very nice with a feel good, upbeat vibe. Service was excellent. All portions were generous. No corkage fee this weekend. Apps: crab claws sauteed in garlic and oil. Very good. Mussels (in sauce of your choice). I chose arrabiata, nice flavor but not hot. Entrees: Scallops piccata. Nicely sauced, perfectly cooked (moist, juicy and not raw). Wood fired salmon served atop greens and some very crisp veggies. Fish is brushed with habernaro oil prior to cooking. Oil is also drizzled on greens. My mouth tingled and I loved the heat. Salmon was overcooked (opening weekend , packed house, not a problem). No room for dessert. BYOB pre tip $74.

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              philmaur RE: JazzyB Feb 26, 2008 09:28 AM

              Sounds great! Thanks for the review. One question: Do they still have a full bar?

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                JazzyB RE: philmaur Feb 26, 2008 09:49 AM

                They will. When I called for reservations I was told they were waiting for their liquor license and everyone would be given a glass of wine, no corkage fee for BYOB. Upon arrival, most tables had cocktails. Bar looks partially set up.

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                  philmaur RE: JazzyB Feb 26, 2008 11:10 AM

                  Thanks again JB.

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