Monday, May 19, 2014

Max Brenner: Chocolate By the Bald Man

Last Thursday I met up with some good friends to catch up over dinner at Max Brenner, a restaurant specializing in its chocolate creations.  Offering a variety of chocolate drinks, dishes and desserts, it's the perfect place to grab a small bite to satisfy your sweet tooth or to enjoy a full meal.  The dessert menu offers a variety of chocolate concoctions like a chocolate chunk pizza, sundaes, and fondue dishes to share.  If you're not in the mood for sweets you'll have plenty of other options, with a menu that includes waffle sandwiches, flatbread pizzas, salads, and paninis.  There is also a brunch menu with a variety of omelet and pancake/waffle dishes.  

I knew I didn't want to get anything too heavy since I'd have a large dessert, so I started with the Smoky Dry Rubbed Chicken Wings.  Despite the description, they have a little bit of a sweet, sticky sauce on them.  I don't have much tolerance for spicy foods, so I thought the bit of sweetness was just right.  Then I moved on to the Banana Split Waffles.  I don't have a large sweet tooth either, and I found the waffle to be a little rich for me; however, the portion size was just right and the flavor was delicious.  My friends were equally pleased with their selections.  Emmy described her Strawberry Hazelnut Crepe as "a delicious combination of chocolate/hazelnut and strawberries.  The ice cream on top took the role of whipped cream and the crepe was so fresh, fluffy, and warm."  Cate found her S'mores Crepe to be equally delicious.

Smoky Dry Rubbed Chicken Wings 
(w/ bleu cheese dip)

Banana Split Waffles
(w/ caramelized bananas, vanilla ice cream, sugar krispies, milk chocolate ganache, and Choco-pops)

Strawberry Hazelnut Crepe 
(w/ chocolate hazelnut spread, thinly-sliced strawberries and powdered sugar, served with milk chocolate ganache and vanilla ice cream)

S'mores Crepe
(w/ crunchy graham crackers, milk chocolate chunks, hazelnut spread, peanut butter and marshmallow fluff, served with milk chocolate ganache and vanilla ice cream)

Max Brenner definitely offers diners a unique chocolate experience, and I recommend checking out the restaurant at one of it's locations in Boston, New York, or Philadelphia.  There are also a few chocolate bars in other cities and locations worldwide.  Also be sure to check out the chocolate shop before or after you eat.  It's filled with all kinds of gift sets, bonbons, and other sweets; there is an online shop as well.

The next time I visit, I think I'll order a larger entree and go lighter on the dessert by ordering a specialty hot chocolate or sharing a fondue.  I'd also like to try out some of the brunch offerings.    

Check out the full length menus and more on the locations here!

I'd love to hear what you'd like to try as well as any menu recommendations!

Photo Credits: My friends, Cate and Emmy.


  1. Those crepes...I would definitely over-indulge. Probably a good thing we don't have any where I live!

  2. i love love love max brenner - they dont have any where i live now, but i frequently went there when i lived in sydney. waffles were always my go to. yum!

  3. I wish there was one in Atlanta! That s’mores crepe.... gimme!


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