Thanks, Peppertree. We’ll be sure to try Max’s the next time we’re in San Francisco.
Max’s is almost across the street from the Moscone Center. It is in the Mission Districe, I think on fourth street.
The menu is very similar to Mel’s. I was curious as to which one is favored by people on this board.
When in San Francisco we always go to Mel’s. Sorry, never heard of Max. Where is it? Please describe food and atmosphere. Thanks.
I *heart* all the Max’s outposts. They "get" being customer-centric, providing good value and what it takes to earn repeat business.
Eric, Suddenly Hungry For A Reuben Of Indelicate Size
St. Louis Browns fan
I never made it to Max’s , but I sure enjoyed Mel’s during a trip to S.F. Breakfast (turkey hash) was wonderful, and prices are quite reasonable by California standards.
Well, who is better? Mel’s or Max’s. They are both serving the essence of mid-20th century American food.
I went to Max’s on my last trip and this month I visited Mel’s. How to compare? The food at both is great. Just what I like. What do you think?
For fun, I want to print Max’s Laws sm from the back of their menu:
Max’s Laws sm
1. This restaurant is run for the enjoyment and pleasure of our customers, not the convenience of the staff or the owners.
2. You get a free round of drinks if anyone on our staff comes up and says, "Is everything all right?" When we ask questions, they’ll be good ones.
3. You must get your mustard and ketchup before your burger, snadwich or fries.
4. We hate soggy fries. If yours aren’t crisp, the way you like them-send them back-maybe the kitchen will get the message.
5. Corned beef and pastrami are good because they contain some fat; however, with today’s dietary consciousness, our corned beef and pastrami are now extra lean. So ask for a little fat for that traditional taste. If you want something with no fat, how about our turkey or turkey pastrami.
6. The turkey is always fresh. Period.
7. Our iced tea is table brewed. Just pour it over a big glass of ice.
8. You’ll love our breads and pastries. They’re made fresh daily in Max’s Bakery and Kitchen.
9. Warning: We bake our own sourdough crusty as can be. If you like soft bread, eat the middle.
10. Our ice cream sauces are a point of pride. They’re made in New York by a certified chocoholic who refuses therapy. They are simply tje best in the country. And we don’t boast idly.
11. We bring ice cream sauces from New York City and mustards from Oregon. Eat here. Save the airfare.
12. This is a bad place for a diet and a good place for a diet.
13. Our desserts are excessive because nothing succeeds like excess. We encourage sharing if you’re not super hungry.
14. Substitutions are okay by us; don’t be bashful, you’ve got a mouth, use it.
15. We use cholesterol-free oil for frying and sauteing; anything can be grilled fat-free!
16. If you are a single diner and are greeted with the expression, "Just one?." dinner is on us.
17. We agree that the customer is always right. If there is a problem with your food or service, call for the manager-we’ll fix it in a flash. But, if you finish your plate-it couldn’t have been all that bad! Now, could it?
18. If, upon presentation of your check, your server says, "Do you want change?" Forget about the tip!
San Francisco American: Mel’s Diner vs Max’s Diner
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