Whimsical Comfort Food

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By Dale King  The Pineapple Staff Writer Restaurateur Dennis Max introduces a new winter bill of fare that serves up some whimsical offerings along with tasty comfort food. Max and his staff, including Executive Chef Eric Baker, rolled out “sips & bites” that include Black & Blue French ‘Pizza,” Falafel Bacalao Croquetas, a Monkfish Pastrami “Reuben,” Pork Cheek Empanadas and Duck Wings. A second round of finger food included Loaded Avocado Hummus, Beets & Burrata and Octopus “Anticucho,” served with the slices of the sea creature along with chorizo and potato, on a stick. Entrees include Matzah Ball Ramen with small cuts of corned beef swimming in broth. St. Louis BBQ Ribs with a side of Boston baked beans and squares of cornbread were scoffed up quickly, as was the Rainbow Trout Meuniere. Peking Duck Confit Por Deux presented Oriental bao buns that can be stuffed with slices of duck. Desserts included Rainbow Cookies, Sweet Corn Cannolis, Baklava and S’Mores Ice Cream Sandwiches. New winter libations included Soda Popinski’s Soda Fury (bourbon, etc., with cream soda), Star Fox and Slippery Toad do Mexico (a tequila and mulled Meyer lemon mix), the Bobby Brownout (vodka with fruity touches) Winter isn’t Coming (rye and lots of other goodies), Phil and Ed’s Excellent Adventure (another rye concoction) and My Name is Buck, a drink that starts with bourbon and lime. Max’s Social House (SoHo) is located in a cottage at 116 NE 6th Ave., Delray Beach, that was built in 1925 and was once known as the “Falcon House.” Max, a partner in the Max Group, also operates Max’s Harvest in Delray Beach and Max’s Grille in Mizner Park, Boca Raton.