Fans of the beloved ’90s teen sitcom Saved by the Bell have reason to rejoice. Now you too can visit the cool kids’ hangout frequented by Zack Morris, AC Slater, Kelly Kapowski, Jesse Spano, Lisa Turtle and Screech Powers with a Chicago pop-up diner designed to look exactly like The Max.
Clearly, there was a lot of attention to detail placed into the design and there are photo-ops galore.
While we couldn’t get a dinner reservation (they are still packed!), we did visit them for late night dining and got to sample their limited menu and specialty drinks.
Here’s a peek:
Of course, we could not pass up the opportunity to try the B Ba B Ba Baloody Mary.
Our waitress was a bit sassy and informed us that their Bloodies were so good they only needed five ingredients and zero fixin’s to make them the best in Bayside…. We said we’ll be the judge of that.
Spice: It had a little kick to it.
Mix: They whip it up themselves.
Chaser: The menu promises a sidecar…. was not offered one!
Fixin’s: Self-proclaimed so good they don’t need them. We beg to differ.
So, you definitely visit this place for the experience, not the food or drinks. It’s kitschy and super-fun.
The Bloody Mary was average and lacking. The late night menu was limited and they only had a few sandwiches…and NO fries. How can you have a late night menu sans fries? Really, no other snacking/apps to speak of either.
The other drinks, aside from the clever names, were nothing that you couldn’t get at another bar (probably for cheaper, although that’s debatable in the Windy City).
However, all that aside, it’s still worth a visit to the Max.
The best thing you can get here is a side of nostalgia and you won’t be disappointed in that.