Brunch at Max London’s, Saratoga Springs

Max London's Croissant

For such a small town, Saratoga has a plethora of great restaurants and watering holes. One such beloved location is the slightly sophisticated Max London’s. Without being stuffy or overpriced, the restaurant feels like it belongs in a bigger city. The modern but rustic interiors are more urban than small-town; probably due to the exposed brick walls and the copper pots lining the shelves. Yet it still manages to have some of that small-town charm with its friendly and cheerful green awning welcoming patrons inside, and shading those who prefer to enjoy their lunch in the sunshine on the sidewalk.

Max London's Bib & Blue Salad

On a visit this summer, Kiyo and I got brunch at Max London’s for the first time. We started by sharing a croissant. With soft butter, it was delicious and we both wanted more. I had the Bibb + Blue Salad: bibb lettuce with radishes, chorizo, cherry tomatoes, crispy shallots and buttermilk-blue cheese dressing. The portion was a bit small, and would have been a better appetizer than main course, but I really enjoyed the flavor and combination of the ingredients.

Walking to Yaddo from the parking lot

After brunch, we drove to a nearby tourist attraction that neither of us has visited during the four years we lived in Saratoga: Yaddo. A retreat for artists, Yaddo is a 400-acre estate founded in 1900 by financier Spencer Trask and his wife Katrina, a poet. Its mission is to nurture the creative process by providing an opportunity for artists to work without interruption in a supportive environment. Luckily for us, some of the beautiful gardens are open to the public, and it was a gorgeous day.

Yaddo Fountain

This is the view of the main building, across a large lawn. The fountain provides peaceful white noise, and although Yaddo is located right next to the on-ramp for I-87, you feel like it’s completely secluded.

Yaddo Saratoga

You can catch a glimpse of the same fountain through the entrance to the rose garden. It was a totally different world, and I’m so glad we finally decided to visit. For Skidmore students, residents and visitors alike, I would highly recommend spending an afternoon exploring Yaddo, taking in all the natural beauty and maybe even bringing a book to relax with on the lawn.

Yaddo Rose Garden

Max London’s

Location: 466 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 Phone: (518) 587-3535

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One thought on “Brunch at Max London’s, Saratoga Springs

  1. The Sunday Brunch at Max London’ is Awsome!!! Great service, plenty of menu options and very delicious food.

    I highly recommend eating at this restaurant. Ask for Sarah, she made our expirence even better.

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