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Aug 26, 2008 05:51 PM

I need Filipino food!!

Where can I find good Filipino food in the LA area? I am African American but grew up eating at the restaurant of a Filipino family friend (it was called Nipa Hut and has since closed down), enjoying inihaw baboy, pansit, lumpia etc. (please excuse my spelling) I have tried a couple of places in Eagle Rock but nothing (yet) compares to Nipa Hut. Please help!

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  1. Have you tried Asian Noodles, downtown on Spring St? I haven't been, but I have some Filipino friends who really like it.

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    1. re: debra

      Not a Filipino restaurant, but Bruddah's (Hawaiian) in Gardena has inihaw baboy and a couple other Filipino dishes on their daily specials board.

      1033 W Gardena Blvd
      Gardena 90247
      (Closed Mondays)

      1. re: monku

        I have actually had the inihaw baboy there, it was really good...thanks!

        1. re: cooperkid2

          I've never had it, but my Filipino-Hawaiian friend swears by it. Now I'll have to try it.

      2. re: debra

        Just as an FYI, ASIAN NOODLES has been re-christened as NOI. Mild interior re-design and name change notwithstanding, it's the same menu of garlic-rich dishes.

      3. i just heard about a place called Max, in Sherman Oaks, but not sure if it's truly filipino. Also, Zagat's lists a place in Eagle Rock, Alejandro's on Verdugo Rd. Not yet rated for food, as of my old copy (2007). I would call to see if they're still around.

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        1. re: Phurstluv

          Max is Filipino...there's one in Glendale and for all practical purposes its what I'd consider a Filipino diner. You either like it or hate it.

          1. re: Phurstluv

            Alejandro's is no longer there.

            Although Chef Andre Guerrero is Filipino, Max Restaurant in Sherman Oaks is not a Filipino restaurant. Max's Fried Chicken in Glendale is a restaurant chain that started in the Philippines. However, food is not that great.

            1. re: Phurstluv

              Max in Sherman Oaks is owned by Filipino American chef Andre Guerrero. Although he infuses his dishes with Filipino-influenced techniques and ingredients, the restaurant is not strictly Filipino. Do not confuse this restaurant with Max's of Manila in Glendale, the Filipino diner as described in the 8/26 comment. Guerrero also owns the Oinkster in Eagle Rock. They've got killer ube milkshakes!

              1. re: grc

                LOVE UBE MILKSHAKES!!!! Is it the real thing or just the powder form?

                1. re: karynx78

                  The Ube Milkshake at the Oinkster is made with Fosselman's ube ice cream. so yes, it's real and yes, it's good!

                  1. re: sharkgirl88

                    I second the Ube shake at Oinkster! SO GOOD!!!!

                    1. re: mawf1977

                      I will 3rd or 4th or whatever ... Ube shake at Oinkster is delicioso!

            2. Nipa Hut is open in the valley, i drive by it everyday. It is on Sherman Way, just east of Topanga Canyon. I have never been there, but drive by curiously everyday.

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              1. re: dabruins07

                i meant West.

                22122 Sherman Way. 818-347-9068

                1. re: dabruins07

                  REALLY?!?!! I wonder if it is owned by the same folks...

                2. The Max restaurant in Sherman Oaks is not the same as the Max chain in Glendale. The one in Glendale is called Max's Fried Chicken.

                  If you like pancit, try the one at Manila Sunset (its their specialty) and finish it off with their halo halo. Its popular among Filipinos. San Fernando Valley - Plummer and Sepulveda.

                  1. Carson has a few, Carson and Main streets