Saturday, January 16, 2021

food critic’s corner: Max’s, best burger in town

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Burgers are the staple of a typical college student’s diet. I’ve found Kansas City’s finest to be Max’s Burgers and Gyros on 8240 Wornall Rd. in Waldo.

Max’s offers a fresh and flavorful spin to an all-American favorite. Not only does Max’s offer classic diner dishes, but ethnic options as well. The diner was originally known as Max’s Auto Diner until gyros were added to the menu seven years ago.

Burgers are the top seller at Max’s, with the gyros following behind as a second favorite among customers. The diverse menu also contains pork tenderloin, Polynesian chicken, charbroiled chicken and all-beef hot dogs.

The selection of sides to choose from includes fries, curly fries, tater tots and onion rings. Sweet treats, such as shakes and baklava, accompany the cross-cultured menu as well. Daily specials are also offered, like the mushroom Swiss burger with grilled onions. The prices are reasonable with meals ranging from $8-12.

I ordered a double Big Max burger with American cheese, bacon and lettuce. A fresh batch of fries was made and my order was delivered to my table with a smile. The fries were golden, hot and crispy. Barbecue sauce and ketchup were at a convenient hand’s reach. The Big Max burger was also delightfully presented. The fluffy Kaiser bun that holds the delicately placed burger together has received many compliments from customers. The burger was grilled perfectly without a burn and topped with melted cheese, crisp lettuce and hardy strips of bacon.

Max’s offers a comfortable atmosphere with close-knit customer service. “I want everybody that leaves my restaurant to be happy,” said owner Abdi Karbalaei who opened the diner 26 years ago after moving to Kansas City from Iran.

Karbalaei’s appreciation towards customers is shown through the articles, awards and pictures that cover the walls of his restaurant. Customers have brought in pictures of their children that are framed on the walls. Pictures of family and childhood memories add to the friendliness and comfort of the humble diner.

Max’s has even received praise from KCPT’s “Check, Please!” television series that reviews local Kansas City restaurants.

“The show was four years ago and the host, Doug Frost, still comes in regularly,” said Karbalaei.

“Check, Please!” received only positive reviews from the three separate critics that discretely sampled the diner. After its premiere, Max’s received much interest from the public.

“After the show aired, I had a line of a thousand people. We sold out at 3 o’clock one day. I had nothing else to sell,” said Karbalaei.

The great taste assures great quality ingredients were used to carefully create my meal. The burger and fries were satisfying, and I recommend Max’s as a place to experience Kansas City’s finest burger. Come to Max’s to enjoy an awesome burger, superior service and even a patio when the weather is nice.

jpoppel@unews.com

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