Sunday, November 2, 2008

Max's Beefy Burgers

Max's Beefy Burgers is a strange little establishment with weird hours and uncertain signs of openness that we have been trying to vist for some time. It's strange appearance, added to the fact that we have been unable to find anyone we know who had eaten there, made us curious. So finally, this Saturday, we made it in. Inside it is even stranger - it has a Wendy's knockoff exterior and signage, but inside...

It appears to be owned and run by Asians. The menu adds to the cognitive-dissonance-causing nature of this establishment. In addition to quite a few varieties of burger, footlong hot dogs, and a variety of Mexican food, they have Hawaiian BBQed meats, a selection of Chinese specialities, seafood and sandwiches. This may well be the most multicultural establishment in all of Alaska. To give you an idea, available side orders are as follows: fried okra, cheese fries, chili cheese fries, nacho chips and cheese, regular fries, steak fries, onion rings, fried mushrooms with ranch dressing, mozarella cheese sticks, cheese cake, mashed potatoes, egg roll, pot stickers, hot wings of fire, BBQ wings.

Mr Eating Alaska had a crispy chicken burger, which had American cheese, mayo, lettuce and tomato, and a side of chili cheese fries. I had a Max's burger, with grilled onion, mushrooms, jalapenos, mayo, ham, pickle, lettuce, tomato, bacon, and American and Swiss cheese and a side of onion rings. My burger was well done with tasty toppings that were applied in tastable but not ridiculous quantities. The onion rings were perfect, crispy and light with real onion in them. Mr EA's chicken sandwich was a preprocessed chicken patty that disappointed him. However, the chili cheese fries were delicious, and he looks forward to trying a few of their other offerings. All in all, the place was reasonably clean, friendly, and weird enough to keep us guessing.