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Title Philipino 101

I've lived in LA for most of my life, but have never really sought out the best in Philipino food. Mostly, I'm at a loss for where to go and what to order. I do remember getting fried chicken at the old Max's of Manila on Wilshire back in the olden days. Would anyone like to run through a list of (a) the best Philipino spots in greater LA for a newbie and (b) what to order? Thank you hounds.

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  1. My Filipino friends have recommended this place to me. It's a chain with branches here and abroad. I guess it's the McDonald's of Philipino food, but I don't mean that in a bad way.

    www.goldilocks.com

    1. For starters

      Great menu with all the favorites and a classy interior....

      Asian Noodles
      643 N Spring St
      Los Angeles, CA 90012
      (213) 617-1083

      For empanadas and an ube cake....

      United Bread & Pastry Inc
      1515 Griffith Park Blvd
      Los Angeles, CA 90026
      (323) 661-0037

      And while I haven't been here for a while, I had a great breakfast of adobo and rice a few years ago. Also, I distinctly remember the warm and happy service, which is why I will someday see if they are still there.....

      La Rose Cafe
      4749 Fountain Ave
      Los Angeles, CA 90029
      (323) 662-4024

      1. OKAY, you said the greater LA area, so I'm going to suggest this hole-in-the-wall, family-owned place called "MAGIC WOK" in Artesia. Just about the BEST Filipino I've ever had. While I thought Max of Manila, Goldilocks, and Salo Salo Grill were okay, nothing, I mean nothing has ever come close to the food at MAGIC WOK. The prices are ridiculously low too.

        Here's pcitures of my most recent meal there:
        http://elmomonster.blogspot.com/2006/...

        1. Many people will tell you that the best way to get great Filipino food in LA is to make friends with Filipinos and get invited to their houses. After years of looking (although I've never made it to Magic Wok and maybe that's the ticket) I've come around more and more to that view. However, there are lots of places to try; here's a few older threads with lots of suggestions, which you can ponder while others supply more recent recommendations.

          http://www.chowhound.com/topics/65804

          http://www.chowhound.com/topics/67207

          http://www.chowhound.com/topics/59217

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          1. re: PayOrPlay

            Really good list of links, PayOrPlay. I think I asked a question about Filipino food a few years ago too. I saw some familiar names in those posts, that I haven't seen on Chowhound for a while. :)

          2. Jollibee is the Filipino McDonald's. Many locations around the southland.

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