5 Reasons You Should Go to the ‘Saved By the Max’ Diner and 1 Reason You Shouldn’t
Over the weekend, I finally got my chance to visit the "Saved By the Max" diner in Chicago and it was just as fun as I expected it to be.
We've been talking about it for months, and Saturday night my "Saved By The Bell" dreams finally came true and I got to go to the pop-up "Saved By The Max" diner in Chicago.
From the moment you walk in to the tiny diner, you are transported to the restaurant in the popular TV show from the early 90s, with almost every inch of the diner matching a scene from the show perfectly.
Here are the five reasons why you need to go to the diner, and the one reason you should stay home.
1. The Decorations
My expectations for the diner were really high but they still managed to amaze me with how great the decoration matched the show. Maybe it helped that the show took place in a high school in the 90s with posterboard signs and bright colors were the man decos, but that "The Max" sign? So cool, I need one in my life.
2. The Food
The menu was full of cute themed names, but it actually tasted amazing too. Lucky me, I went to the diner with three friends so we were able to get a bunch of the items and share them.
3. The Photo Opps
Obviously you're gonna want to take pictures at the diner and pretend you're your favorite characters from the show. Ironically I didn't really take any pictures trying to be Kelly Kapowski, maybe they should add a cut-out of her with a volleyball!
4. The Music
You can't do "Saved By The Bell," without a great corny soundtrack. Most of the night was filled with early 90s music, but as soon as I mentioned to my friends that they should play "Friends Forever" it started playing, along with the scene transition music, the theme song and a few other "Zack Attack" hits.
5. The Price
At first I thought it was a little pricy that the reservations included a $35 fee per person, but once I was at the diner, I realized what a deal it actually was. You'd think they could've sold tickets that didn't include the food, but this ticket did.
Each $35 reservation spot included an appetizer, an entree, a dessert and a soft drink. You tell me the last time you had all that at dinner and spent less than $35? Probably not anytime in the last decade. The drinks of course were extra, but this was absolutely an instance when you didn't need to have a drink to enjoy the night.
Why You Should Stay Home
The one reason you should stay home is if you're not willing to have fun and get into it. If you watch the video above, you'll see a guy in a green polo to the right of the diner, he was having a blast and his girlfriend/wife/woman with him had the most bored look on her face the entire time. Girl, he was having the time of his life, if you didn't want to buy into the fun, let him come with someone else.
One Last Bonus Reason to Go to "The Max"
Originally the restaurant was only going to be open for June, then they added July and August, and now it's actually open through the end of the year now, but we got insider information Saturday night that it will absolutely be closing after December 31. So don't think that you will have the chance to be a part of Bayside in 2017. Our server said they weren't sure what was going to be in the location after "The Max" closes but we have a feeling we might be able to visit more of our favorite sitcom locations in the future.