|"Yummy" to the bones :)|
The restaurant known for serving Pinoy-style fried chicken and other traditional Pinoy specialties traces back its origin in Manila, 1945, post World War II, when Maximo Gimenez befriend American troops stationed in Quezon City. He would share a drink or two at his house with his American friends, who later on insisted that they pay for their meals. This prompted Max to open a cafe that served chicken, steak and drinks. With the help of his wife Mercedes, sister-in-law Felipa, niece Ruby and her husband Claro, they ran the cafe. It was Ruby who concocted the restaurant's signature tender, juicy, crispy, delicious to the bones chicken that kept the GIs coming back for more and eventually became popular for Filipino crowd too. Ruby expanded the menu and soon thereafter put up a branch in Baclaran, and it was then decided that it will be called Max's (Maximo's nickname).
Max's was pretty significant for me while growing up in the Philippines. My father is the fast food-type of person and not the one who is fond of the sit-in fine dining concept, but if there's one restaurant he tolerated and enjoyed a lot, that is Max's. Whenever we'd feel like dining out, it was a no brainer - Max's it was. I partly attribute my father's liking for Max's to the fact that you can spare the utensils and use your hands (and even lick your fingers) when you eat chicken. Hehe! Even when my sister got married around three years ago, my family celebrated the wedding reception at a Max's restaurant. There is no doubt that we love Max's.
So, you can just imagine how glad I was (and devastated at the same time) when I heard that Max's opened its first store in Canada on March 19, 2011 at Steeles Avenue West, Vaughan, ON. Why devastated? Because I was already in Pennsylvania that time! Therefore, when Vince and I visited our family in Toronto in July, I made sure we eat at Max's.
Moving forward... two weekends ago, me, Vince, and a couple of friends from New York drove to Toronto. En route when talking about where to have dinner when we get there, our New Yorker friends asked us to bring them to a place they won't find in New York. I really couldn't immediately think of any because New York is New York - what does Toronto have that New York doesn't? *Light bulb flicks on my mind* Max's!
The eight-hour drive made the four of us so hungry that when we got to Max's we were ready to devour all the Pinoy food we can get. Lol. We ordered half-chicken, crispy pata, pinakbet, pork sisig, sizzling tofu, lumpiang ubod, three cups of rice, halo halo, and tea - and the four of us snickered and said in chorus, "We're on a diet." Ahihihihi. The star of our meal was the sizzling tofu (tofu with chilli peppers glazed with creamy coconut milk and soy sauce). It was sooooo good that my friends and I planned on imitating the dish from our own kitchen. Goodluck to that. Hehe!
|Nothing beats Pinoy hunger better than authentic Pinoy food!|
So there goes another burping gastronomy adventure for me. And by the way, since I'm going to the Philippines in November, you can bet your bottom dollar that Max's Restaurant is in my itinerary ;) Ciao for now!
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