The special appetizer salad at Max, raves cvc, sports a green goddess dressing that rivals Chez Panisse’s. It comes on a simple combination of butter lettuce, cucumber, avocado, orange, and tomato, topped with fried scallions. It’s a retro flavor (capers, anchovy, cilantro, tarragon and mayo…or maybe sour cream) that can still surprise. Cost: $8.50.

Max Restaurant [East San Fernando Valley]
13355 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks

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