Max’s Wine Dive
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.maxswinedive.com 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