Saved By The Max: An Epic Experience
The moment I stepped into Saved By The Max, I felt transported back in time. A simpler time, a time before social media, smartphones and flat screen TVs. Every Saturday morning, I’d turn on my chunky television for one of my favorite shows, Saved by the Bell. I had to get my weekly dose of my duel crushes Kelly Kapowski and Lisa Turtle.
Like many of us, the owners of Saved By The Max are huge fans of the show and had an ingenious idea for a pop-up restaurant with a concept that has been giving Chicagoans a small piece of their childhood back.
Upon entry, the first thing that grabs your attention is the Bayside High School logo and school lockers. The same lockers Zack, Slater, and Screech would discuss the day’s shenanigans.
On the show, the Max was the diner the cast frequently ate at. The Saved By The Max pop up is a fully functional rendition featuring a bar area equipped with televisions running episodes of the show for all to enjoy while you dine.
When I asked bartender John about the overall experience here’s how he responded, “It’s been a great ride! I’ve videotaped a proposal over by the pay phone, we’ve had couples dress up like the characters from the show.
At least once a day someone comes in totally decked out, it’s a very interactive experience. Everyone here is on the same page, its nostalgia in some kind of way. People are happy to be here, hang out and relive the past.”
To be honest, I came because it’s a fun concept and I had to check it out. So I didn’t have super high expectations for the food.
However, I was blown away by how awesome the food is. I guarantee the gang at Bayside High never had food like this. I literally had to give Executive Chef Brian Fisher and Executive Pastry Chef Mari Katsumura a standing ovation.
Everything on the menu sounded tasty such as the Bayside burger, the Kelly Kapowski, Mr. Dewey’s Chicken Sausage Sandwich, and Mr. Belding’s fries.
Below are the items I opted for!
Spano’s Seasonal Veggie
The veggie of the day was a roasted cauliflower dish which was well seasoned, as it sat in a sweet white wine vinaigrette.
Next was the highlight of my night…
Tori’s Fried Chicken
A Goose Island 312 and coconut milk waffle with a Korean Fried Chicken thigh and spiced maple syrup.
To wrap things up…
Max’s Magical Sweet Tooth
This dessert changed my life. I made quick work of the bowl of blueberry muffin ice cream, shortbread, candied lemon, whipped creme fraiche, and blueberry jam topped with maple syrup. Wowzers!
I knew my experience was complete when the theme song of the show came over the speakers and everyone begins to sing the chorus word for word, “It’s alright because were saved by the bell!”
This fun pop-up restaurant is only around for a year, but the good news is that the owners plan to open another pop up soon. So cheer up, a Saved by the Max may be coming to your city sooner than you think.
Visit them online here!