Coming May 2014- Maxs Wine Dive

Opening this May 2014, Max's Wine Dive will be making its new home in Atlanta. Coming to the Midtown area, MAX's is expected to open as early as May 15th and is expected to become an Atlanta favorite in no time at all. The idea behind MAX's came from owners Jerry and Laura Lasco dining preference which included exploring fancy new restaurants, combined with their enjoyment of laid-back "dive" restaurants. MAX's Wine Dive marries these two concepts, giving into their mantra of "Fried Chicken and Champagne... Why the Hell Not?!?" Imagine "gourmet comfort food longside a constantly curated selection of wines from around the world, some of which cannot be found anywhere else, all served with a down-to-earth, rock-n-roll style."

The menu consists of seasonal offerings, changing about 2-3 times per year. The menu is laid out on two pages: the first being classics to all Wine Dive locations (there are many throughout the US) and the other is exclusive to the location itself. Being in Atlanta, one can expect some country favorites and home-cooked classics. MAX's Wine Dive 's "Classics" menu items include the famous Southern Fried Chicken with mashed potatoes, collard greens and Texas toast (consistently recognized as one of the top-10 fried chicken dishes in the country); The Fried Egg Sandwich with truffle oil, applewood-smoked bacon, Gruyere, lettuce, tomatoes and garlic black truffle aioli, sandwiched between two pieces of artisan sourdough; MAX 'n Cheese consisting of cavatappi pasta tossed in truffle cream with provolone, Gruyere and Parmigiano-Reggiano; and Nacho Mamas Oysters with crispy fried Gulf Coast oysters and garlic aioli on crispy MAX's wonton chips, habanero salsa and cilantro. Additionally, the restaurant is known for serving spectacular wines from around the world, providing the perfect juxtaposition to each dish. Leading the culinary team is Executive Chef Jason Hall, formerly of Saltyard and Livingston Restaurant notoriety. Chef Hall brings deep southern heritage and dynamic experience to the Midtown-based restaurant.

Over the years, Chef Hall developed his culinary prowess in concepts ranging from casual eateries to five-star dining rooms. Hall's one-of-a-kind artistic talent complements MAX's Wine Dive's famous gourmet comfort food classics, while his innovative style inspires his seasonal creations. "I thoroughly enjoy the process of cooking and creating exceptional experiences for guests," says Chef Hall. "I'm thrilled to bring the MAX's Wine Dive concept to Atlanta and showcase my style of gourmet comfort food." For more information about the author, Denielle D'Ambrosio, please visit my Google+ profile page.