Opening a new restaurant is always chancy. Phillip Zeller just celebrated his first year in business. “Making it a year in the midst of a recession,” says Zeller, chef-owner of Maximo’s in Watertown, “we’re pretty proud of that.” For the next year, when customers mention the Perkins School for the Blind on Mondays, Zeller will donate 5 percent of that sale to the school. He even renamed his Monday special, a barbecued chicken panini, the Perkins sandwich ($7.99).
Maximo’s specializes in “not health food, but healthy options,” which include Southwestern quinoa and sauteed spinach ($2.99), or a turkey burger with tabbouleh and goat cheese ($7.99). If you’re not concerned with calories, try the Slammin’ BLT with a fried egg ($6.49). “Some people have it three times a week,” says the chef.