Updates from June, 2011 Toggle Comment Threads | Keyboard Shortcuts

  • Chris 11:46 am on June 27, 2011 Permalink | Reply

    Max Parfait No More 

    We are sad to report that Max Parfait, which existed as a cart at various farmers markets, is no more.  I only got the chance to visit once, and found the burger to be quite delicious and worthy of further exploration.  Was hoping they would expand up north so I could enjoy more of the goodness, but that never happened.

    The owner, Zarghun Dean, has embarked on a new food venture, check it out at http://qarnival.com/.  We  hope he returns to his burger ways sometime in the future.


  • Chris 9:20 am on August 31, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , wood fire   

    A Visit to Max Parfait 

    Max Parfait Hamburger TrailerFinally made it out to the HOPE Farmers Market on Sunday to cash in my Max Parfait LunchDeal coupon.  Overall, tasty burger, cooked well (still pink–see pix below) and good fries.  The bun is homemade and is nicely toasted on the grill (exterior bun grill marks is a major plus).  The burger patty is thick but not huge–I found the burger size to be just right–and is laced with some herbs, as you can see in the cross section picture below.  Had a good flavor.  I’m generally not a fan of mixing stuff into the meat before cooking, but this worked well.  Nothing overpowering in the spices.  The beef is cooked over pecan wood, which is a plus.  I got the cheeseburger (with cheddar, of course), which I recommend, but was a bit taken aback by the $1 surcharge for cheese (seems a tad steep, but I imagine it’s quality cheese).

    Fries are called “Belgian Fries”.  Not clear on what makes a fry Belgian (I did find some info at belgianfries.com, of all places, but no way to know if this is authoritative), but these were delicious, had a slightly sweet taste to me, and were seasoned with just the right amount of salt.  They fry them in olive oil.

    On the downside, it took a long time to get our food, but it’s a small trailer and of course everything is made to order, so it takes a while.  And the HOPE Farmers Market was not the most inviting environment on a hot August day.  Dusty hot surroundings.  Unkempt Austin Hippies wandering about, Yoga occurring inside one of the unconditioned spaces, incense wafting from another, etc.  There was a pleasant band playing there, which was a plus, but I found the farmers market very run down feeling, and hot, and dusty, and…hot.  Maybe it’s more pleasant during the spring at the height of the produce season.

    Oh yeah, also sampled the portabella sandwich, was good.

    So, would definitely eat at Max Parfait again.  Would love to see them land in a Brick and Mortar location with some air conditioning!  Currently, you can find the Max Parfait trailer at the Barton Creek Farmers Market on Saturdays, and the HOPE Farmers Market on Sundays.  Check their website for the latest details or follow them on twitter.  Hopefully they can aim that trailer up north during the weekdays.

    Max Parfait Trailer

    The Trailer

    HOPE Farmers Market

    The Setting (Hot)

    HOPE Farmers Market Vegetables

    The Veggies

    HOPE Farmers Market Band

    The Band (they were good!)

    Max Parfait Trailer Menu

    The Menu

    Max Parfait Belgian Fries

    The Fries (Delicious)

    Max Parfait Belgian Fries

    The Fries (Detail)

    Max Parfait Cheeseburger

    The Burger (note bun scrapage from over-grilling)

    Max Parfait Cheeseburger

    The Burger (with Cheddar)

    Max Parfait Cheeseburger

    The Burger (Cross Section)

    Max Parfait Portabella Sandwich

    The Portabella Sandwich

    • Max Parfait 9:42 am on August 31, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Hey Chris…thanks for making down to see us. It sounds like we didn’t bring our “A” game for you. I’m really sorry about that. We’re still working out some kinks, and hopefully your next visit can be a big improvement.

      Regarding the cheese, yes, it is a premium aged cheddar…a little pricier, but I think it’s well worth it for the flavor it gives the burger.

      We’ll keep our eyes open for potential locations up north…please say hello next time you stop by!

      • Chris 1:50 pm on August 31, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        No worries, everything tasted great. Will be back, but might try the Barton Creek farmers market next time 😉

        • Tim 5:50 pm on June 24, 2011 Permalink | Reply

          Would you have any idea on how to get a hold of the old 2Js special sauce?

  • Chris 8:48 am on July 30, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Max Parfait Lunch Deal $14 for $1 

    Max Parfait is featured on todays Lunch Deal.  $7 gets you $14 worth of food.  Go to maxparfait.com to get a promo code to drop the price to $1.  Only the first 100 get one, so hurry!

    I have yet to try them, but the burgers and fries sound great. This coupon is enough to send me South to give it a whirl. Looking forward to it.

  • Chris 9:18 am on July 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: ,   

    Must Try Max Parfait 

    Just learned of yet another trailer that sounds like it has the makings of a great burger and fries.  I have yet to experience any trailer grub because I am just never in South Austin, where most of this trailer explosion seems to be occurring.  Max Parfait may entice me to head south.  Full details at their site, but the quick summary: wood-fired grill (this is one key to taking a burger from good to great), all-natural beef, homemade bun, fresh hand-cut “belgian” fries cooked in olive oil (a la Elevation), cane sugar sodas.  Sounds like a winning combination to me (no mention of cheddar though).

    • Zdean 1:16 pm on July 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Yes, WE HAVE CHEDDAR! We’re also working on finding a local source for our cheddar, which will make it even better…
      Also, since we’re in a truck, we’ll be getting mobile in a week or so to take our burgers throughout the city…stay tuned

      • Chris 3:43 pm on July 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Fantastic! Looking forward to giving it a try.

    • Frayton 3:25 pm on July 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Sounds like great stuff.

      In the meantime: I wish someone would make a real grilled chicken sandwich in town that wasn’t either… 1) a pre-frozen big chunk (sorry Top Notch) or… 2) ground like beef, which just doesn’t work for a primo chickenburger (sorry P. Terry’s). Something thin, pounded out a bit like a really good CFS should be, but grilled to perfection, weight-wise on the lighter side, just a bit of protein… chickenburger folks don’t need some big slab o’ meat… they are not big eaters, they need to save some space for the fries….

      Okay Burger Nation, I know this may not be the right arena to put this out there, but I don’t know of a Chicken Burger News blog….!

      thanks for listening.


      The Burger News Guy’s brother

      • Chris 3:45 pm on July 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Heh heh, good luck, hermano. Surely there will be a grilled chicken trailer somewhere soon. In the meantime, you might consider jumping back to the red-meat side…you never know.

      • Max Parfait 4:15 pm on July 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        BNG’s Bro- great news! We’re going to have a pulled chicken bbq sandwich in a couple of weeks to round out our menu…fire grilled chicken & homemade bbq sauce on a homemade bun…it’s fantastic. We’ll let you know when it’s ready to be fired up!

      • Your Mom's 12:05 pm on August 28, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        you should try our “don ho” sandwhich (chicken breast) at Your Mom’s Burger Bar. http://www.yourmoms.net

compose new post
next post/next comment
previous post/previous comment
show/hide comments
go to top
go to login
show/hide help
shift + esc