Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Max's Restaurant - A Santa Fe Sensation

Every morning at breakfast and every evening at our Social Hour, we innkeepers at The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn are busy giving restaurant suggestions and making reservations for our guests.  New on our radar is Max's, located at 403 1/2 Galisteo Street.  The restaurant began in 2007 in the Railyard District as a fairly casual establishment, but has undergone a transformation with the change of location and more importantly, the arrival of chef Mark Connell.

The restaurant's mission is to serve 'inspired American cuisine', and they succeed brilliantly.  With a focus on local, sustainable and season ingredients, the menu includes a wide range of options.

First course choices includes a Baby Beet and Citrus Salad with pistachios, brown sugar vinaigrette and goat cheese ($12), Two Hour Egg with Polenta Two Ways with a Wild Mushroom Ragout ($15) and a Housemade Riccioli Pasta with Crawfish, Broccoli, Feta and Olives ($12).

Entree choices include such dishes as Pan Seared Grouper with Buttermilk Spaetzle, brussels sprouts, beet puree, preserved meyer lemon ($32), Vermont Cavendish Quail with a black trumpet puree, wild mushroom stuffing, brussels sprouts and syrah reduction ($30), along with Chestmut Ravioli & Pan Seared Root Vegetables with parsnip puree, pickled pumpkin and muscat balsamic ($24).

Innovative, fresh and very much inspired, we welcome this restaurant to the Santa Fe scene.  New Mexican cooking, with its choice of green or red, enchilada or burrito, etc. is not to be missed, but Max's is a great place to choose when you just can't look at another Combination Platter.

This is a popular place, so you will want advance reservations.

403 1/2 S. Guadalupe
Santa Fe, NM
Open Tuesday-Saturday, 5:30-9:30

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