Oakland–Yes Virginia, there is a Max’s Diner in Oakland, tucked away in Oakland City Center. When you go, take BART or other pubic transportation, or park on the street for $2 an hour. The City Center parking garage is $6 for every 20 minutes.
Owned by Amanda Burman, it is the traditional Max’s Diner and more. Fridays desserts are 50% off as well as after 4pm. The menu has drinks listed “for kids, moms, and recovering bartenders”.
There is a Happy Hour Monday through Friday from 3 to 6pm. They are closed on the weekends.
My dining companion, MacArthur, went in a different direction than me, he ordered from “The Fit Menu”, a $12 meal with ” . . . healthy choices from Max’s menu, collaborated with Active (formerly Club One) fitness professionals, and added a coupe new items to fit your needs.”
The Fit Menu is divided into fork(bowl or salad) or hand (wrap or sandwich). One can get salmon, turkey, chicken, veggie, or cobb.
I had a quesadilla and guacamole salsa n’ chips.
Amanda insisted we have the chocolate macaroons. She said they were tiny, I guess it’s all relative. I took them to go and ate both. Amanda kindly sent me home with the famous chicken matzo ball soup for my girlfriend who was home sick.
It was a great experience. Loved the sayings on the walls: “Eat Darling Eat” “This is a bad place for a diet” “Critics not welcome” (good thing I am a writer not a critic).
We were most welcome from the host to our waiter, Malik, to the servers and folks who cleared the table. And when I left my computer there, it was safely returned to me.
Look for an expansion of meal kits and subscription meals.
I can’t wait to go back.
They also do catering and private events.
And yes, the Warriors come in, it’s near the administrative offices. The Chris Mullins picture is part of a fundraiser.
500 12th St.
Oakland, CA 94607
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