Looking for a great Filipino joint outside your basic turo-turo (cafeteria-style) spot or fast-food eatery? Kris P Pata breaks it down:
“My favorite sit-down family restaurants in LA are either in the southern suburbs or just north of the city in Eagle Rock and Glendale. These include:
“ALEJANDRO’S–Solid, flavorful, 100% family-owned.
“ASIAN NOODLES–Now venerable favorite of downtown LA lunch crowd.
“BARRIO FIESTA–It’s back. And in location opposite a competing cafe run by former employees.
“SALO-SALO GRILL–In my opinion, the best of the type of restaurant you are seeking. They specialize in immense, family-style platters of grilled seafood and mixed grill meats. The honey bbq chicken skewers are a must.”
It’s also worth checking out the reconfigured Eagle Rock Plaza, which houses branches of the popular Filipino chains Jollibee, Chow King, and Goldilocks, plus a huge Seafood City Supermarket, with top-notch produce and a vast array of fresh fish, many of them whole.
elmomonster is practically an evangelist for Magic Wok, declaring its sisig heaven on a plate. It’s a homey, family-run place that’s gotten pretty popular lately—and the lechon kawale is also great.
Normal Garciaparra gives a shout-out to Davao Tuna Grill, with nice sizzling tuna dishes and even kangkong (a green leafy vegetable).
And for traditional Filipino breakfast (anything ending in silog, a combo of fried rice and fried egg), Das Ubergeek declares the best is at Manila Good-Ha—specifically, the branch in Panorama City, with a bunch of meat choices as well as daing (salted and dried fish) and champurrado (rice cooked with chocolate). It’s also cleaner than some of the other branches.
Asian Noodles [Chinatown]
643 N. Spring Street, Los Angeles
Barrio Fiesta [Eagle Rock]
4420 Eagle Rock Boulevard, Los Angeles
Westfield Shoppingtown Eagle Rock Plaza [Eagle Rock]
2700 Colorado Boulevard, Los Angeles
Magic Wok [Orange County]
11869 Artesia Boulevard, Artesia
Davao Tuna Grill [Eastside]
730 S. Central Avenue #101, Glendale
Manila Good-Ha [Eastside]
900 E. Colorado Street, Glendale
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