Sister store to Stuart’s on Granville Island and the one at Oakridge, Max’s Deli & Bakery is located on Oak Street and West 15th Ave. The company, which has been in business since 1949, also has two locations at YVR airport, and had a previous location on Cambie – now closed. Max’s comfortable and casual deli offers an astounding variety of pastries, cakes, and breads, as well as hot and cold breakfast, lunch, and dinner items. It’s a cafeteria style establishment where you take a number from a dispenser, and wait your turn.
Bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich, with chicken breast and Gouda cheese. I found the whole wheat bread to be slightly dry, and ended up having to dunk the other half of the sandwich into a side of gravy reserved for the hot turkey sandwich. The photo on the right shows Max’s Deli & Bakery’s famous hot turkey sandwich, one of its most popular items. Moist and delicious, these open faced sandwiches were served with their homemade cranberry sauce, stuffing and smothered with thick and hearty brown gravy. Bring on the gravy!
Lemon meringue tart – We bought this to go, but it got slightly squished inside its box. Still tasted great though! This tart was clearly freshly baked, and it showed in its consistency and flavour. Its lemon curd filling was tangy and thick, and incredibly smooth. Its extra soft meringue was sweet, light and airy, and had perfectly formed peaks. The tart’s shortcrust was light and flaky, melding exquisitely with its lemon and fat-free egg white partners.
Service is a a little slow considering they generally have a lot of staff working, and most of their items are pre-made. Prices are on the higher end, but this is a local joint, so you get what you pay for. Positives: Free wifi, fair trade coffee, and a massive variety of items to suit everyone’s tastes. Also, they are currently making brownies in the shape of pucks with the old Canucks logo on them. Go Canucks Go!