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Mr. Max

3028 N. Belt Line Rd.
Dallas, TX 75062
972-255-8889
Critics' Pick
Mr. Max +

Kathy Tran

Details

  • 5 p.m.-11 p.m. Monday-Saturday
  • $; $$
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Lunch, Dinner
  • Parking Lot Available
  • Reservations Not Necessary
The Top 100 Dallas Restaurants, No. 42: Mr. Max himself, Hare Nakamura, died in 2013, but his namesake restaurant is still going strong in its third decade of business. A casual oasis of high-quality Japanese food in an Irving strip mall which also contains five different hair salons, Mr. Max offers cold and hot appetizers, grilled seafood and irresistible fried snacks like takoyaki, the battered balls topped with dancing bonito flakes and concealing nuggets of octopus within. (It’s the best takoyaki this author has had in Texas.) Half-sized bowls of ramen mean you can chow down on noodles and still have room for something else.

Top pick: The chef’s choice sampler plate of three appetizers is just $10 — including a glass of beer.

The downside: There are just 30 seats here, so arrive early.

Fun fact: If you elect to eat at a table, you’ll need to remove your shoes and sit on the floor.

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