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January 28, 2010

Richard reviews Max's

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One of Other Reviewer Richard's strengths as a restaurant critic is to make an interesting read out of a review of a place that could be described in a word or two. (Shades of the four-word restaurant reviews.)

Today he did that with Max's Empanadas in Little Italy.

Of course, I had a personal interest in reading about it because of our trip to Argentina two Christmases ago. ...

In general, I was disappointed in the food there. Talk about Meat Week. Or rather, Beef Week.

There were some notable exceptions, of course, and I detailed them in my travel posts. (I can't link to them all, but if you're interested, go to December 2008 under the Monthly Archives on the right of the page.)

Richard's review made me feel like maybe I should give Argentina's cuisine another chance.

(Algerina Perna/Sun photographer)
Posted by Elizabeth Large at 3:29 PM | | Comments (9)
        

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I would like to try Max's.

I suggest a name change for Max. I know it's your name bud, but there is already a Max's in east baltimore that is pretty highly regarded. Maybe let them keep it?

Perhaps you could entertain, The Empenada Shop, or Gonzo's Meat Pockets?

I'm with you NotableM,I would also like to try Max's.

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silicone compensation - a fancy term for fake breasteses

The Baltimore 100 guys just did a review also, sounds like I need to check it out.

http://thebaltimore100.blogspot.com/2010/01/81-and-5-posts-will-be-up-soon-and-one.html

AFter reading Richard's review, I walked over to Max's for lunch today. Two empanadas and a side of potato salad was about $8, carefully packed by Max and his one co-worker. The food was quite good. The mixed vegetable empanada had just enough creamy sauce to hold the vegetables together, and also had a hint of red pepper spice. The chicken empanada oozed a rich brown sauce. I'll go back.

One thing, though: I'm not sure what Max is going to do if he ever gets slammed. The restaurant is very narrow, with awkward traffic flow around the register. If you had 8 or 10 people show up at once trying to order, it might be chaotic.

BTW, Max also has a small but interesting selection of Argentine wines for sale.

Max's got a really nice write up in the (East) Baltimore Guide too (I looked on their site, but couldn't figure out where it might be posted?).

We took a few to make at home last weekend and really enjoyed them (they are slightly less expensive if you bake them yourself, and they are fresher, if you don't plan to eat them until later). He gave us a sample of the fabulous corn starch dessert thing - I would definitely go back just for that.

does anyone know of a place that sells medialunas (argentinian croissant-esque breakfast/snack pastries with a light sugar glaze on them)? maybe argentinan food will be the next big thing :)

wow, amie, I don't but if somebody does, I so want one. Like right now would be good!

Does this mean that Il Scalino is gone? That's terrible news! On the medialunas, you could try the (Argentinian) El Patio Market in Jessup. I believe they sell a number of pastries.

http://elpatiomarket.com/

Max's replaced Il Scalino which closed last June. (not that anybody seemed to notice). Il Scalino was the place that you walked past on your way to Isabella's. It's so nice to have something there with a quality product at reasonable prices and friendly service.

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Richard Gorelick was appointed The Baltimore Sun's restaurant critic in September 2010. Before joining the paper staff fulltime, he contributed freelance criticism and features articles about food to area and regional publications. Along the way, he dispatched for short-distance trucking companies, shilled for cultural non-profits, and assisted in cognitive neurology research – never the subject, always the control.

He takes restaurants seriously but not himself, and his favorite restaurant is the one you love, too.
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