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Max's Delicatessen & Bakery

3105 Oak Street
Vancouver, BC V6H2L2
Tel: (604) 733-4838
Neighbourhood: West Side


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overpriced, mediocre food
By loricorleone of downtown (20 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, May 7, 2010 - 3:22pm [Dine in]

I've always heard mixed things about this place, and finally decided to check it out. We came here with a group of 5 and between us we had the lasagna, the salmon roll, the lox and bagel, the broccoli salad, The tomato salad, the fruit salad, and the vegetable sandwich. For dessert we had the trifle, the black forest cake, and the lemon marangue tart. The server kept leaving us to get things for other people (even though there were other workers behind the counter that weren't doing anything) and she gave use pieces of our order one at a time. Then she just dropped the rest on a tray and passed it over the counter without even offering to bring it over to our table. The bill was about 80$ for everything.
now, the food...
lasagna- A microwaved, soggy puddle.
Salmon roll- Also microwaved, and quite greasy.
Lox and bagel- Lox was decent quality, but it had obviously been left out uncovered for too long.
Broccoli salad- Decent flavor, too much mayo.
Fruit salad- Standard, nothing special.
Tomato salad- Nice, good flavor.
Vegetable sandwich- soggy, dripping with mayo, flavorless.
Trifle- Pretty gross, whip cream had started to dry up, not fresh.
Black forest cake- The favorite of the evening, good flavor, fresh.
Lemon tart- Nice marangue, well flavored custard.

All in all, I'd say to go for dessert or maybe coffee, but I wouldn't ever eat there again. Everything was quite overpriced fr what it was.

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Vancouver's. Best. Deli.
By artfuldodger of False Creek, Vancouver (30 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, May 7, 2010 - 10:39am [Dine in]

I have been to New York three times, and frequenting the legion of Jewish and Italian delis in the Big Apple is one of my favourite things to do while I am there. Other cities that I have visited, including Montreal and (surprisingly) LA, also contain an impressive spattering of shops selling charcuterie, coffee, tea, artisan breads, sumptuous salads, sandwiches and snacks, which provide the public with a cosmopolitan alternative to sit-down restaurants and grocery stores. The delicatessen concept appears to have befuddled Vancouver entrepreneurs and restaurateurs, as the city seriously lacks in these essential dining establishments.

Vancouver didn't always used to be this way. Prior to the city's conventional, "No Fun" persona that was inexplicably embraced during the early Nineties, Vancouver's small town feel, commercial diversity, and multicultural roots were amplified by the various Italian, Jewish, Greek and German delis around town...many of which were along West Broadway and 4th Avenue. While Starbucks, Blenz and Subway have replaced most of these independent, idiosyncratic eateries, a few do still exist, including Max's Bakery & Delicatessen on 15th and Oak.

I think that Max's (which also owns the stellar Stuart's Bakery on Granville Island) is the best deli in Vancouver. From BBQ'd ribs to crema-clad espresso to seasonal baked goods, Max's is a comfortable and casual deli with a huge array of fresh dishes and items. While I frequent Max's about once a fortnight in order to read my Library Studies texts (yes, Library Studies) over a 16oz Americano and peach-raspberry tart (made with Okanagan peaches), I also adore their mini pumpkin pies, their caramel-apple cheesecake, and their mille-feuille. As you can see, I am a sweet-tooth, but they also have dozens of savory dishes to choose from, including an invigorating broccoli salad, a hearty butter chicken, and traditional cabbage rolls.

As if the outstanding food weren't enough, Max's also offers Wi-fi and outdoor seating. I urge everyone to seek out these types of places. Max's is the best, but there is also Ploger's German Deli at 1st and Cypress, and Parthenon Greek Deli at Broadway and Balaclava. It is important to support the small businesses of any city, and to punish those peddlers of corporate mediocrity, such as Starbucks and Blenz.

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I wish it was closer to my house
By chipper of Surrey (7 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, July 24, 2010 - 11:20pm [Dine in]

We decided to try this deli out after a friend of our told us it was good.

I was surprised

We had the Cabbage rolls the pesto shrimp salad a Reuben and a Creme brulee.

I wasn't expecting perfect food but I have to honestly say it was a 5/5 for each item I might give the cabbage rolls a 4 against my mothers (she's perfect) but everything was much better then I expected.

I will go back and probably would more often if it was closer to me.

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