So I had to have my car towed this morning, which sucked, but on the plus side, my tow-truck driver was a really friendly Filipino guy who was telling me about his favorite Filipino restaurant. Everything is cooked fresh, he said, not like the other places where food just sits on steam tables or might even have been reheated from the day before. He wouldn't specify any must-orders, saying all their food is good, but a few minutes later he was rhapsodizing about the sinigang (tamarind-spiked soup) with beef ribs. Unfortunately, though, they don't do crispy pata (a joint of fried pork) and are only open for breakfast and lunch. There's a line by 11:30, he said.
Linking the address, but I recognized the minimall as soon as we drove past -- the Filipino place is right next to Marouch.
4909 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90029