I have read a lot of negative talk about MB chocolate shop, but I have to say, that I am a fan. YES it is touristy and not the most imaginative place to go. (not to mention Rachel Ray suggested it which would usually send me me running) BUT I had a two great experiences there, as did my little one.
I had the chocolate granita and split the chocolate mess. The granita was awesome. Chocolate blended into an icy shake like thing. Perfect for the hot day I was there. The chocolate mess is a molten chocolate cake with caramel bananas, a little beaker of sauce, and lots of whip cream. The individual size is more than enough for 2 or three to share. But all in all, I really thought the flavor was good. I personally loved the atmosphere of the place. I chatted up a couple sitting next to me and helped a party by taking their photo.
I have also had the crepes there, and they were certainly satisfying for a dessert. The Sacao is a "chantico" like.. melt it yourself chocolate. I loved this, my sister on the other hand, hated it. I liked the process of melting the chocolate, stirring it, blowing out the candle. Again, just some frivolous fun.
My sister enjoyed a few cocktails there. Her favorite is one that has some Mango flavors in it. I wasn't really paying attention...
My daughter REALLY loved it. She got the Chocolate syringe. If nothing else, was a fun vessel for her. She loved the ice cream bar fondue, again, simple... but yummy.
Max Brenner is sort of a Disney land type experience. In my opinion, its fun as a long as you don’t take it too seriously. I agree that maison du chocolate is superior... but I think that Max's is still have happy fun place to be.