Max’s Wine Dive

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207 San Jac­into Blvd. 11 a.m. to mid­night Mon­day-Fri­day; 10 a.m. to mid­night Satur­day; and 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sun­day.

904-0111; www.maxswine­ same faith in me.”

At Max’s Wine Dive, Beneke cooks Amer­i­can com­fort foods in a way that feels el­e­vated but ap­proach­able at the same time. Her re­worked “wedge” salad shows off her abil­ity to put clever spins on the clas­sics. Gone is the stan­dard ice­berg let­tuce, re­placed by an acorn squash wedge gar­nished with frisee, smoky blue cheese and warm ba­con dress­ing.

Beneke’s sea­sonal menus give her the chance to in­cor­po­rate her love of lo­cal foods. John­son’s Back­yard Garden sup­plies much of the pro­duce, and in re­turn Beneke and her staff oc­ca­sion­ally vol­un­teer on the farm, re­cently har­vest­ing car­rots. “It’s im­por­tant

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