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“the next best thing to flying to manila..”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Max’s Restaurant

Max’s Restaurant
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Ranked #188 of 593 Restaurants in Jersey City
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: Filipino, Asian
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Good for: Large groups, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Delivery, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Dining style: Home Style
Description: In 1945, after World War II, Maximo Gimenez, a Stanford-educated teacher, befriended American troops stationed at Quezon City, Philippines. A few of the soldiers would come to his house for a drink or two. Eventually they insisted that they pay for their meals. It was then that Maximo decided to open a cafe that served chicken, steak and drinks. To help him with the cafe, his wife Mercedes, and his sister-in-law Felipe, joined him there together with her niece Ruby, who managed the kitchen with her husband, Claro. It was Ruby who created a special recipe for chicken, which was so delicious, tender, juicy and crispy that the G.I.S coming back for more. Soon enough, it became a legend with the Filipino public too. Encouraged by her mother to expand the menu and serve more Filipino food, Ruby set up a restaurant along Roxas Boulevard in the Baclaran district of Paranaque. It was decided that the restaurant would be named "Max's", which was Maximo's nickname. Over the years, Max's Restaurants grew in popularity and became known as "The House That Fried Chicken Built." Max's now operates over a hundred restaurants all over the Philippines. Max's aims to be a competitive international brand, and has expanded its operations to other countries overseas as well. It now has branches in North America (the first was opened in 1982) and the Middle East. We will continue to broaden our reach as we open new restaurants around the world in the years to come.
manila and new jersey
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“the next best thing to flying to manila..”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 16, 2012

it was our first time to try max's fried chicken in jersey city about a week ago. we purposely steered clear way from this place for a good while because of what we were told were horrendous wait times for a table. so what we did- we hied off to jersey city at 10:00 AM on a tuesday. it was easy to find parking. their doors opened at 11 AM, and we were the first customers. the space is clean and comfortable enough. though they only had 1 toilet stall for men and 1 for women. one could imagine how uncomfortable that would be during a crowded weekend. i also noticed that in the second floor where we were seated, each table basically had its own dedicated floor electric fan- probably due to the heat when the place is filled up. again- we didn't have a need for it as the entire second floor was just occupied by us. the food came fast enough. the crabmeat fried rice was a huge serving at $9.25. our server, noting that there were only two of us, did inform us beforehand of the huge rice servings. the fried chicken was authentic max's of manila. but the winner was the crispy pata. we also had pancit (a little too salty), tilapia filets (nothing earth-shaking), and the husband had a couple of red horse beers (quite expensive at about $4.75 each). overall- it was a pleasant experience and we burped to our hearts' content. we also visited nearby red ribbon for take-out desserts. great tuesday mid-morning meal, and we are certainly planning on doing it again!

Visited July 2012
Thank cradechristian
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Groton, Connecticut
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“Another Pleasant Dinner!!!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 10, 2012

We stopped here on Memorial Day weekend. This was not our first visit. If you don't know - - Max's is famous in the Philippines for fried chicken. I am happy to say that the chicken here is just as good - - but not quite as salty. We had the lumpiang shanghai and fried calamari. Both were very good. Crab meat fried rice was to absolutely delicious. Our daughter had the Halo-Halo which she enjoyed very much. My wife and I shared an order of Leche Flan - - which we can higher recommend. I can also recommend the San Miguel that you can order with your meal.

Newark Avenue is somewhat busy and there are a number of Filipino restaurants and markets close by. Parking can be difficult at times but you can park either on the street or in a parking lot that is only about a couple hundred feet away. Both are metered so have some quarters with you.


  • Visited May 2012
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Thank Cristito C
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