The news that Austin/Houston stalwart Max's Wine Dive is to open in
Menu highlights include Max â??n Cheese tossed in truffle cream, the cutesy Nacho Mama's Oysters with garlic aioli, a Texas-raised Wagyu beef “haute” dog on an artisan bunâ?¦and the Strube Ranch Kobe Beef Burger that was named “Texas' 16th Best Burger by Texas Monthly in 2009.” The Cove in
Owner Jerry Lasco says he's “excited about the number of Culinary Institute graduates in the area.” As are weâ??though we hope they might be allowed to key into the wine list a little more than the menu currently appears to do. Sure, there's nothing wrong with chicken and Champagne (the Bolly Special CuvÃ©e RosÃ© would be a great sidekick at $149, though we'd likely end up with a $29 prosecco instead), but I'm not convinced about burgers and big Burgundiesâ??say the Grivot Nuit St. George 1er cru Boudots, also at $149. Consider that a lack of imaginationâ??and expense accountâ??on my part.
Yet I do applaud the fact that any bottle of wine will be opened for you if you commit to two glasses. (All wines can also be had to take home as a retail purchase.) This may be one of the reasons that Bon Appetit called Max's “one of the â??Hot Ten” wine bars in the
But I will also look to see if the comments of the Fearless Critic Austin Restaurant Guide hold true for
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