THE BITE: Ah, how I love to save money. It’s become a compulsion these last couple of years with the economy in the toilet. I like to eat, so I’m always looking out for a lunch or dinner special to raise me from these financial doldrums.

Max’s Burgers and Steaks, located at 367 Avenue X, has a burger lunch special. For only $5.50, you receive a burger that’s grilled to order, hand cut French fries and a can of soda. Not a bad deal at all.

At The Bite, we usually only focus on one item, but since we’re talking about the lunch special, let’s discuss each item individually.

First up is the burger itself. Max’s claims that its burger is made from 100 percent fresh ground beef that is never frozen. The standard burger includes ketchup, lettuce, tomato and pickles. Available upgrades are cheese, bacon or mushrooms for an additional 50 cents. For a fried egg, add $1. The toppings are pretty standard cafeteria stock, with the lettuce being a nice surprise. Max’s uses romaine lettuce, with leaves torn to fit the wonder bread quality bun.

This four-ounce burger is grilled to your liking on a standard flat top. The burger was cooked nicely, to an almost perfect medium. It was juicy and tender, but unfortunately, the burger was woefully under-seasoned. A little salt and pepper added just before cooking would go a long way. Take a look at A Hamburger Today’s extensive research on the science of salting burgers here.

The French fries were hand-cut into long thin strips, much thinner than the fries available at McDonald’s. These fries were crisp and nicely seasoned with both salt and a little bit of black pepper. The fries were the highlight of the meal and worth a trip just for themselves.

Now, I can’t be entirely sure, as I could barely see what the fry cook was doing, but he was scooping what appeared to be limp wet fries into the fryer, which would mean that Max’s fries get a pre-fry blanching step in hot water. Never heard of this step? It’s crucial to perfectly cooked french fries and one of the secrets to the McDonald’s French fry. If you want to know the science behind that, let’s go back to my friends at A Hamburger Today who tell you more about making french fries than you’ll ever need to know.

The meal was rounded out with a can of soda and here, in my never to be humble opinion, is where Max’s drops the ball big time. You see, Max’s only offers Pepsi products. Being a truly devoted fan, some would say addict, of Diet Coke, having to settle for a Pepsi product was a real sacrifice. I’ve been known to walk out of restaurants that do not offer Diet Coke!

Max’s Burgers and Steaks, 367 Avenue X, (718) 688-9070.

The Bite is Sheepshead Bites’ weekly column where we explore the foodstuffs of Sheepshead Bay. Each week we check out a different offering from one of the many restaurants, delis, food carts, bakeries, butchers, fish mongers, or grocers in our neighborhood. If it’s edible, we’ll take a bite.

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  • Kevin L

    Pepsi > Coke

    • Anonymous

       Water > Pepsi > Coke .

  • http://www.njluxurymotors.com Arthur Borko

    I’m a big Pepsi fan myself. 

  • Georgia

    Looks good I wish sheepshead bites had smell o vision lol on blogs to

  • guest

    Once you’ve had (Pepsi) throwback you’ll never go back. 

  • nolastname

    I just today had the new Wendy’s Cheesy Burger for $.99. Worth every penny, LOL.
    The burger was moist and juicy with a generous helping of cafeteria style cheese. 
    The bun was the same size as the burger. No condiments were on the sandwich, not  a pickle in sight. I can’t believe I ate the whole thing. Still worth the $99.
    Maybe Wendy and Max can get together with the fries.

    • http://www.njluxurymotors.com Arthur Borko

      You need to try Wendy’s new fries they came out with last year. They themselves are awesome and blow away Mcdonalds fries. 

      I was really enjoying the Cheesy Cheddar Burger recently too except I always had them add pickles.

    • Anonymous

      NO PICKLES????  BOOOOOOOO

      • nolastname

        Sooooo, Wendy is holding the pickle?

  • doobieman

    I’ve always drank Pepsi, but now I drink Diet Pepsi, Diet Cherry Pepsi, Diet Dr.Pepper Cherry  & Zero Cherry Coke.  Most people don’t need all that sugar,  Diabetis is a very scary disease , & many people don’t realize that they have it.

  • winson

    i got a menu for this restaurant recently. i should give it a shot sometime

  • http://www.brucebrodinsky.com Bruce B

    I’ve been meaning to try this place. Thanks for the review.

  • Anonymous

    I had lunch here yesterday.  Everything was delicious.  They give you about a ton of french fries.  The burger was very fresh.  I will definitely go back.  The staff was very nice too. 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/GZVSJSCB7NJHGJ2EQGVPWDNHZI Edward

    I think no Coke because they would have to stop serving Snapple drinks and those are big with some (read most) sandwich eaters. I was there personally when Coke people visited and tried to push Pepsi out of Max (was ordering sandwich). That’s what the owner told him. To get Coke they have to get rid of Snapple, Arizona and of course Pepsi.  I think groceries are not punished the same way. Interesting enough, younger (in training?) representative of Coke had to go somewhere else to get his Dr.Pepper? drink because he was not allowed to take ANYTHING out of showcase to drink, even some mineral water by third party company. I wonder if they do same when at home….