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SpongeBobSquarePegs Aug 8, 2004 01:38 AM

My brothers Filipino girlfriend will be staying with us for a few days and I thought it would be nice to attempt to show her a small touch of home.

Are the restaurants here authentic? Which do you recommend? Are there shops in the area we should visit? Where exactly is this area?

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    Valleypinoy Dec 15, 2006 05:02 AM

    Historic Filipinotown proper:

    Bahay Kubo - Temple & Park View
    Aristocrat - Temple & Bonnie Brae
    Nanay Gloria - Temple & Carondelet
    Little Ongpin - Beverly & Union
    Kuya Eddie's Greenhills - Beverly & Occidental
    Kabayan Pinoy - Beverly & Hoover

    Non-Cafeteria style (turo turo) Filipino restaurants

    - Asian Noodles - Chinatown
    - LA Rose Café - Fountain (west of Vermont)

    - Salo Salo
    - Max’s of Manila
    - Asian Noodles (not as good as the Chinatown branch)

    Panorama City
    - Bistro Manila

    Santa Clarita
    - Hundred Islands Grill

    - Salo Salo
    - Magic Wok

    - Musikahan sa Lutong Bahay

    - Pinoy Bistro
    - Goldilocks
    - Zentro Bistro

    - Manila on Main
    - Maegan’s Grill

    West Covina
    - Salo Salo
    - Max’s of Manila
    - Bamboo Bistro

    Eagle Rock
    - Isla Buffet
    - Hapag Kainan Buffet
    - Goldilocks
    - Alejandro’s
    - Fiesta Sa Barrio

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      Amy E Aug 8, 2004 06:31 PM

      Filipinotown is south of the 101 along the Temple Beverly Corridor and it runs pretty much from Beaudry on the East to South Silverlake on the West. The designation is a historic one. It is mostly a Latino neighborhood now, though there are many Filipino civic and historic orgs in the area still, as well as some continued residents. I don't know of any good Filipino restaurants in the area or any shopping. Best to take the Glendale and Cerritos recommendations. Also, I have seen lines out the door at Red Ribbon, always a good sign, though I've never been.

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        michelesan Aug 8, 2004 12:20 PM

        Try Max's of Manila in Glendale. I believe it's on Broadway? It's a very popular chain in the Philippines, famous for their fried chicken; brought my parents there and they enjoyed it immensely, esp. the pandan dessert ---

        It's sit down, not cafeteria style take out as Goldilocks or Manila Good Ha! are.

        Also, if she's familiar w/ Red Ribbon Bakery, also famous in the phillipines, you might want to take her to one; I believe there is on on Vermont.

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          chowjet Aug 8, 2004 03:45 AM

          Try Asian Noodles in Chinatown. The owner is a direct descendant of the Ma Mon Luk family that invented the popular "Mami" noodles. It's a breath of fresh air from the fastfood/cafeteria style filipino restaurants. I was there recently and really did enjoy myself. I recommend the Bulalo- a beef soup huge chunks of beef bones with tendon and meat, Sinugbang Tiyan- the grilled pork belly, the Prawns cooked in coconut milk.. and for desert 3 flavored ice cream )mango, coconut, and ube) topped with fried plantain and drizzled with a sweet syrup.

          Asian Noodles
          643 N. Spring St
          (213) 617-1083

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            mdchow Aug 8, 2004 02:51 AM

            Cerritos has many Filipino restaurants..Goldilocks, Red Ribbon, Chowking, Jollibee, Pinoy Pinay, DJ Bibingkahan. I've eaten at Goldilocks, Red Ribbon & Chowking..not as good as my mom's cooking, but pretty good.

            Actually, whenever I get together with my Filipino friends and family, we go to Sam Woo (also in Cerritos). It's actually Chinese, but on any given night, it's about 50% Filipinos. Any of the crab or shrimp dishes are awesome.

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