Born out of the fork and knife shortage of the 18th century, sandwiches provided a handy, no-utensils-needed food option as well as a great place for families to hide their secret stashes of forks and knives from marauding lunchers. Prepare kin for history's cyclical cycles with today's Groupon to Max's Delicatessen, a family-focused feastery in Cahaba Heights on Colonnade Parkway. Max's menu piles high classic provisions such as colossal handcrafted sandwiches, homemade soups, light salads, and delicate sweets. Stop in yourself, or bless another with the cornucopic boon of a massive gift card, which allows dozens of hand-cut pastrami sandwiches to fit conveniently into the wallet.
Readers of Birmingham magazine named Max's Best Deli in this year's annual Best of Birmingham feature. Max's also snags a three-star review from the Birmingham News and gets marks for authenticity from the Bob Carlton blog on AL.com. Seven Yelpers give it an average of 3.5 stars, and ninety percent of Urbanspooners recommend it:
- This sense of community adds another dimension of enjoyment. You ought to try Max's. Be sure to get a knish and a cheesecake. – Tom Gaskin, Birmingham News
- Max's voluminous menu includes everything from latkes to kugels to chopped liver to matzo ball soup to corned beef, pastrami and salami sandwiches. – Bob Carlton, AL.com