Life is like a box of chocolates: it ends quickly when it tumbles into lava. Enjoy the transient experience of sweet pleasure while you can with today's Groupon: for $14, you get $28 worth of savory fare and Wonka-worthy sweets from the restaurant at Max Brenner, Chocolate by the Bald Man in Rittenhouse. This Groupon is only valid at the restaurant, not the retail shop.
The focus at Max Brenner is on chocolate, but the restaurant’s menu also offers a slew of savory sandwiches, salads, and pastas, as well as brunch and kids’ options. Turn any power lunch into an awkwardly sensuous encounter with a burger selection, such as the standard, veggie, or turkey burger, all of which come with waffle fries dusted with chili and cocoa powder ($13.50–$13.95). The eclectic lineup covers everything from a southwestern caesar salad ($12.95) to fish tacos ($12.25) to the really cheesy, really crunchy mac ’n’ cheese, which oozes with marinara sauce, fresh tomatoes, and bacon ($13.95). Soothe a sweet tooth by delving into a dessert such as a chocolate-chunks pizza ($8.75 for half, $15.95 for full) bedecked with melty double-chocolate chunks and a choice of hazelnut bits, bananas, peanut butter, or roasted marshmallows—the pizza world’s number-one topping until the discovery of the pepperoni tree.
Take the sweet stuff straight to your face with one of Max Brenner's drinks, such as the frothy hot chocolate ($5.25), available in dark, milk, white, and Swiss varieties to ensure all members of your barbershop quartet gets cocoa’d to their exact specifications. A full bar serves beer, wine, and cocktails, plus dessert concoctions such as a tiramisu-inspired blend of Courvoisier, Kahlua, fresh-brewed espresso, and milk chocolate ($10.95).
Max Brenner, Chocolate by the Bald Man has received extensive local and national press, including features in O, The Oprah Magazine, the Boston Herald, and Boston magazine. More than 150 Yelpers give the business a 3.5-star average, and Google Mappers give it an average of four stars.