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Prettypoodle Jun 19, 2011 02:14 PM

Oh wow - it was quite the enjoyable meal:) Went with the hubby and his (teen aged) kid. We ate:
M and D Wicked Wings w: Gen Tso sauce meaty, yummy and not too hot (I dont like hot/spicey)
Chicken Encillada Cigars W/ Pico de Gallo - wonderfil, full of chicken and the BEST PDG I have ever eatten
Husband had an omlet w/ mushrooms and pastrami - LOVED it and it looked good to me the non omlet eatter, came with potato chunks and toast
teen had the buger w/ side sald - it disapeared so fast it was so good - the side salad looked so fresh and delish
I had the chicken salad sandwhich - came on a wonderful, but huge roll - ate part of one half a roll and eat the contents out afterwards and really good fries a combo of reg potatoes and sweets
we "forced" ourselves to have dessert and had chesesecake lollypops - YUMMY! and very hard to tell they were parve:)
Took home some brownies, with some fresh fruit may just be dinner:)
It was nice to finally get to eat there- we have had take out and stadium fooid from them but this was our first time there
Lovely place, great service = I feel so lucky to live close to here:)

  1. queenscook Aug 11, 2011 04:10 PM

    I'm sorry to be the dissenting opinion here, but I was at Max and David's for brunch last Sunday, and I have to say I was very disappointed. Now, a big caveat is that it was during the Nine Days, so I was limited to non-meat dishes.

    We were traveling back to NY after a trip down south, and had spent shabbat in Philly. We weren't leaving Philly 'til Sunday, so I was very excited to be able to finally try this place after rave reviews here. We called just to make sure they'd be open, as that's not always a given with a fleishig place during the Nine Days. We were told to be there before 1:30, so I thought we were set. Their website clearly says "Serving Lunch 10:30-1:30" and on their calendar, it clearly says "Nine Days Feast" on the dates of August 1-7.

    When we arrived, we were given a menu labeled a brunch menu, which had breakfast items and fleishig lunch items . . . but no special fish dishes at all. I had seen their lunch menu on line, and was looking forward to Fish and Chips, or something like that. In reality, I was more than disappointed, I was actually very upset. We considered driving elsewhere, but we were quite hungry, and it would have added extra time to an already long trip ahead of us, after a lot of driving over the previous week.

    So, we wound up ordering a bowl of soup to share; I chose the Challah French Toast, and my husband, a salad. I really didn't want to pay $10 for a salad, nor $9 for French Toast, but our hands were tied, essentially, so I figured we'd make the best of it. Well, once the food came, I can say I was even more disappointed. The soup was very thin, with some diced vegetables in it, but really quite forgettable. We love soup, and almost always order some at restaurants, so we are really comparing it to far better examples (like two amazing soups we had had the previous Sunday at Pomegranate in the DC area, where we stopped on our way down south, and which I might post about separately). Then the main courses came. Again, my husband's salad was truly forgettable. Ten dollars for a plate of what was essentially just romaine lettuce and mandarin oranges? No creativity, no special plating, nothing. (I'm thinking of the salads we've enjoyed at Pardes, for example.) And my French Toast was worse. It was clear to me that the bread had barely been soaked in the egg mixture, because the inside of each piece was just "raw bread." The fruity preserves on top were tasty, but I really was hoping for maple syrup, so when I was able to catch the waitress' attention, I asked her if there might be any maple syrup available. She was very pleasant, and said that there was, and that she'd bring some. I was very sorely disappointed again when it arrived and I discovered it was pancake syrup, a la Log Cabin, and not real maple syrup.

    I fully understand that the Nine Days is a difficult time for fleishig restaurants (and because of that, I am willing to give this place another chance the next time I'm in the Philly area), but I also was very surprised that they wouldn't have modified their brunch menu to include more fish dishes over this time. I would happily have paid double for a nice piece of fish than I was to have paid $9 for 3 pieces of French Toast which weren't even prepared properly.

    Finally, I also admit I didn't say anything to a manager or anyone on staff, and perhaps I should have on the spot, but I do intend to send them an email, to let them know. If I get any answer worthy of mention here, I'll post about it.

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      Prettypoodle Aug 11, 2011 05:42 PM

      I am sorry you has such a disapoinyting meal, but some of it is really your fault IMO. You should have said soemyting about your disaontment AT the time of your mesal. There is not much that can be done now that you are home. If you had really wanted the fish and chips, you should have asked abouyt it while there. I bet they could have sccomidsated you. Why didn't you also ask about as special "9 Days" menue.
      As for the salad, I wonder what you really got. When we were there for Father;s Day brunch, my husband.'s child got a burger and a side salad. I did not see even a scrap of iceburg on a SIDE salad. Trust me I know all too well what iceburg looks like. It was served virtually everry night growng up. ICK!
      I hope ypu do give them anpther chance - yhey really do fabulous food.

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        queenscook Aug 11, 2011 08:31 PM

        Actually, now that I am thinking the whole experience over, I actually did say something. When the server came over to take our order, I said to her something like, "Oh, I had really wanted some fish; when do you start serving lunch?" She said that they don't serve lunch on Sundays; and that dinner starts at 4:00. I said, "Oh, that's too late for us. Just give us a few minutes to decide if we're even going to stay." I would have thought that if anyone was going to offer to make anything else, it would have been at that point. She might have said, "Well, let me see if I can accommodate you." Instead, all she said was, "OK," and left us to discuss our next move. It was about 1:10, so maybe she didn't want to offer something that would have meant they would have done something totally off-menu, so close to closing. Either way, the service didn't overly impress me either.

        Please don't get me wrong; I'm not writing the place off entirely; I just didn't think it was what everyone here led me to believe it would be.

        And by the way, I didn't say "iceberg lettuce;" I said "romaine lettuce," which is exactly what it was.

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          avitrek Aug 11, 2011 09:54 PM

          Queenscook, from the couple times I've been there, I think brunch is probably the weakest menu. Aside from the homemade sausage and omelets with meat there was nothing that really called out to me to try. In fact, when I was there for brunch I think I had a burger with avocado and a fried egg(it was a special). Obviously all the items I've mentioned were out during the 9 days. If you can arrange your schedule next time you're around, I'd suggest going for dinner to get the best experience.

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      IssacGlatstein Jun 21, 2011 08:22 AM

      I've been here as well. Great place!

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        AdinaA Jun 20, 2011 04:19 AM

        It's in Philadelphia http://www.maxanddavids.com/about.php

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          Prettypoodle Jun 20, 2011 08:34 AM

          Actually it is in a suburb (Elkins Park). Philadelphia is less than 2 miles away, but it is a part of the city most tourists would never go.:) Worth going to though - very worth it.

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            AdinaA Jun 20, 2011 09:12 AM

            Would you say that it is the best place in Philadelphia to take a colleague to dinner?

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              vallevin Jun 20, 2011 09:25 AM

              It might be Max and David's (even though I have never been), but the problem is battling the traffic going from Center City to Elkins Park.

              It's a bit of an extreme example, but it's almost like being in Mid-town and going to the 5 towns for dinner.

              Is this a business meeting or more casual? If you can meet in Elkins Park, then by all means do it.

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                Prettypoodle Jun 20, 2011 10:17 AM

                The drive from CC to EP is not bad unless it is rush hour. Have done it morw times than I care to admit. During rush hour, well nothing is good.

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                  avitrek Jun 20, 2011 10:21 AM

                  Even in non-rush hour times, a colleague may find it weird to drive to suburbia for a meal. If you'll eat at one of the vegetarian places, you may be better off eating at a worse restaurant but closer to where you're staying/working. But that all depends on the person and the timing. Ignoring the location, Max and David's is clearly the best option in the area to take a colleague.

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                Prettypoodle Jun 20, 2011 10:15 AM

                YES! There is no other place like it in the area.

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                  Prettypoodle Jun 20, 2011 12:14 PM

                  Need an extra reason why this is a good place to go (besides the food and being Kosher of course) mention Chooch has been there (see the website for an explaination for you non Phillies phans) The entire city has Phillies Phever:)

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                    AdinaA Jun 20, 2011 01:38 PM

                    Thanks, it is useful to know both that there is a nice restaurant in the Philadelphia area, and about the traffic problems. Sometimes it is worthwhile to drive with a colleague out to a nice place in a suburb in the evening, sometimes it isn't.

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                      Prettypoodle Jun 20, 2011 02:49 PM

                      Honestly it is NOT a bad ride fron Center City I 'd just head up Broad and skip the 76/rt 1 mess. Did part of it just yesterday and have done it too many times (for bad datesL) ) at night.

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                        AdinaA Jun 20, 2011 04:25 PM

                        Thanks. It is hard to know about traffic in other peoples' hometowns.

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