Max's World Take Out: A delicious discovery in Issaquah
Max's World Take Out in Issaquah offers preservative-free meals made from scratch. The food is well-seasoned but not spicy and it is undeniably soulful, the kind of takeout food that won't cause a second's guilt.
Seattle Times staff reporter
Max's World Take OutEclectic
212 Front St. N., Issaquah
Hours: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays-Fridays.
Etc: Credit cards accepted, but charges apply (full meals are $12.99; add $1 for a la carte items); street parking; no obstacles to access; no alcohol.
I found myself hungry and in an unfamiliar neighborhood, not quite desperate but I did have a deadline. Just 45 minutes until my assignment began, I was in Issaquah with no leads on lunch and an adamant desire to avoid fast food.
Those were the circumstances of a most serendipitously delicious discovery on Front Street in Issaquah. I went in to Max's World Take Out hoping for a salad, perhaps a deli sandwich. What I got was a preservative-free meal of well-seasoned chicken tikka ($10.99) served with rice pilaf and a side of black-bean salsa, the acidity of the lime and bite of the onion making a particularly memorable impression.
You can find cheaper meals but not a better value, considering that everything is made from scratch by Edna Noronha, whose restaurant bears the name of her 2-year-old German shepherd.
The food is well-seasoned but not spicy and it is undeniably soulful, the kind of takeout food that won't cause a second's guilt.
The menu: It's evolving (the restaurant has been open only a month). The most recent additions were panko-crusted beef or chicken sandwiches ($10.99), which are so popular they sometimes sell out. Full meals such as tri-tip steak with sides are $10.99, and there also are three types of chicken satays ($1.99 per skewer) and a lemon-grass steak satay ($2.99).
Soft drinks and orange juice from a cooler are $1.50.
What to write home about: The Portuguese chicken curry ($10.99), which I had on my second visit, included potatoes and a delicious sauce. The coleslaw also was wonderful, the dressing a great mix of sweet, sour and a little salty. It is served with dinners or can be ordered a la carte ($3.99). The rice pilaf ($3.99 a la carte), with scallions, was filling, fluffy and wholesome — and not to be missed.
The setting: The eating area has only three tables, if you want to dine in on Issaquah's main drag. Or you can phone ahead to pick up your order.
Summing up: My meal of Portuguese chicken curry came to $12.10 with tax.
Danny O'Neil: 206-464-2364 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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