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Filipino Food @ Max's Restaurant in Glendale

Tomorrow I will be going for my first Filipino meal ever. My friend has promised that Max's in Glendale is amongst the best. While I am more than ready to turn my entire chowhound experience over to him, I am still open to suggestions as what to order. Chowhounds, teach me Filipino food 101 please...

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  1. I wouldn't say that Max's Restaurant is one of the best, but it is good enough for a first timer like you. If you're pretty new with filipino food just order the basic. Max's specialize in fried chicken so make sure you order one. Pancit bihon (filipino chowmein), Sisig (pork in sizzling plate), Sinigang (sour soup), lumpiang shanghai (filipino eggrolls) and make sure you order Adobo. Try the Buko pandan for dessert and Sago gulaman as your drink. With this list you'll have the most authentic no american alteration filipino food. Good Luck! Let me know how it turns out!!!☺

    1. Following from christine, you might try (if they have them): fresh lumpia (spring rolls but not fried), dinaguan (blood and intenstine dish), sisig, sinigang ng kanduli (sour fish soup), and pancit bihon. I'd skipo the fried chicken.

      1. Since my SO is Filipina, I have been taken to Max's Glendale (and Stockton) on several occassions. If it weren't key to keeping our relationship solid, I would never again choose to set foot into either again. From the smell of the lobby, to the less-than-spotless restrooms (not to mention food that only a true blue Filipino could love), Max's is only for the hardcore "food explorer" or the ex-pat looking for a taste of home.

        I have certainly had decent Flip food: Pancit, dinuguan, crispy pata, and Kare Kare, etc. I could barely swallow the food at Max's. I would recommend you take your friends up the street for kebabs at Rafi's, instead of staging your introduction to Filipino food there.

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        1. re: Dave and Stuff

          Filipinos who know what's up would not set foot into Max's. Not even for the karaoke.

          Max's is actually a large nationwide sit-down restaurant chain in the Philippines; it's kind of like a Denny's or Coco's.

          Walk down Broadway a couple blocks and go to a Filipino restaurant called Salo-Salo. The food is much better there, as the long line outside will attest.

          1. re: Normal Garciaparra

            There must be something wrong with my in-laws, then, because they swear that it's "just like home".

        2. Max's Rest (of Manila) which is the restaurant right next to the Glendale Galleria is a pretty decent Filipino restaurant - the first time I ate there I had a breakfast meal consisting of filipino pork sausages (longanisa), garlic fried rice and a sunny side egg on top of it - it was DELICIOUS - I think that is a great breakfast meal to start off your day with. If you are there for an early meal that would be the way to go - otherwise things like fried chicken and their pancits (noodles) are pretty decent.

          1. PLEASE don't make Max's your first foray into Filipino cuisine. You might not like it if you did. Try Salo-Salo (a couple blocks away) or Asian Noodles (in Chinatown) instead.

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            1. re: Normal Garciaparra

              Glad you're all saying this. I wouldn't eat at Max's in the Philippines.

              1. re: Normal Garciaparra

                Do either of these places cook with coconut oil? I would assume the answer is no because of the import costs, though it is possible to reuse refined coconut oil for some time, much like lard. That suffocating aroma is something I distinctly remember from my time on the islands.