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Max's in Glendale: For Filling Up on Filipino Food

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Max's in Glendale is that type of establishment where the "locals" go for real authentic food. From the outside, the restaurant resembles a log cabin that should be in the middle of a forest and not across the street from the Glendale Galleria. The inside is full of Filipinos satisfying a craving for familiar food. I went with a friend who is no stranger to Max's; she has, on occasion, gone to the restaurant with her cousins in the morning for breakfast in their pajamas. You could say she is a regular at Max's!

The food was as authentic as if I were in the Philippines. Quick service and friendly people. I could people in the booth behind us speaking Tagalog with generations of family members stretching from little kids to their grandparents.

Max's is famous for their fried chicken and I can see why. The meat just falls off the bone in a moist, yummy goodness. I insisted to get the most popular local dishes. This included, Pancit Palabok (thick rice noodles), Chopsuey (a vegetable dish), Kare-Kare (stewed oxtail and beef shank), and the famous Max's Fried Chicken. It was an amazing array of food with so much to offer that I am excited for my next visit.

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Max's of Manila
313 W. Broadway, Glendale (818) 637-7751
There's also a location in Puente Hills (and in NorCal, Hawaii, and the Philippines, too)