If bacon and eggs is equivalent to the summer super hero blockbuster movie, then chicken ‘n’ waffles are more like the cult classic. While there’s a smaller, impassioned group of people who swear by them, many in the population at large wouldn’t think to order this soul food combo for breakfast. If you’re looking for something new, put the breakfast taco down and make your way to Max’s Wine Dive for brunch.
Max’s is better known for unpretentiously serving a wide selection of wine by the glass with a variety of comfort food options. They also have a nice cheese plate that I’ve enjoyed at happy hour, and the restaurant can get bumping at night. But after repeatedly hearing about their chicken ‘n’ waffles, I decided to make a trip there for brunch.
I started out the meal with a grapefruit mimosa, a nice South Texas twist on an old standard. The grapefruit was refreshing with that bit of tartness to balance the sweetness—ordering one before the food will get you feeling good.
The chicken ‘n’ waffles were impressive, with four large chicken wings that were incredibly juicy and tender. This was in contrast to the very crispy fried exterior, one that kept its crunch throughout the meal and never got soggy. There was a small amount of kick from the jalapeño buttermilk, but I’d love to have them even spicier. The waffle was standard and coupled with syrup did its job to balance out the sugary with the savory.
If chicken ‘n’ waffles isn’t your thing, Max’s offers other interesting takes on breakfast favorites, such as a PB&J French toast and a hangover hash with a red chile hollandaise sauce. Breakfast prices range from $10-$14 a plate, and while a little more expensive than I am used to spending on breakfast, it was still some solid food.
The next time you get the hankering for chicken ‘n’ waffles—or if you just want to try them for the first time—stop on by Max’s at the Quarry.
Max’s Wine Dive, 340 E Basse Rd, San Antonio, TX 78209