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Filipino Restaurants?

Abby Jan 14, 2005 11:25 AM

Being Filipina, I do know of a few Filipino restaurants like Manila Sunset, Goldilocks and even Red Ribbon Bakery serves Filipino food, but these restaurants are similar to fast Chinese food places where the food is already cooked and in warming trays under heat lamps. There's also Max's, which is more of a sit down restaurant, but I'm just curious if there are any others that I'm not aware of and any that I should try?

Thanks in advance,

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    elmomonster RE: Abby Jan 14, 2005 12:21 PM

    There are a few in the Cerritos/Artesia area that are pretty good in my opinion. The first is Magic Wok (not affliated with the horrid Magic Wok Chinese Takeout chain). This is a family run join, very sparse decor, tables and chairs are old. But the food is great, and a bargain. They do well on standards such as sinigang and lechon.

    Magic Wok
    (562) 865-7340
    11869 Artesia Blvd
    Artesia, CA 90701

    Another Filipino restaurant that I think recently opened in the area is Salo-Salo Grill. Their specialty is grilled seafood and meats, served on a traditional bamboo serving tray lined with banana leaves. The decor is nicer than Magic Wok, but I have to say I prefer Magic Wok for its food and lower prices.

    Salo-Salo Grill
    (562) 809-6277
    18300 Gridley Rd
    Artesia, CA 90701

    For fast food Filipino, there's Chow King in Cerritos. They have very good Filipino breakfasts which are served until 11 am.

    (562) 924-5096
    11900 South St.
    Cerritos, CA 90703

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    1. re: elmomonster
      Xericx RE: elmomonster Jan 17, 2005 03:40 AM

      My grandma LOVES magic wok and their Crispy Pata. I am not really a fan though...just didn't like the stuff they had...more a reflection of what other people ordered when they drag me there.

      Salo Salo Grill is fine...i like it better. I didn't dig their grilled stuff that much though. It was still pretty nice.

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      jaydee RE: Abby Jan 14, 2005 12:24 PM

      Yi Cuisine is headed up by a Filipino chef, who offers an interesting take on some classic dishes. I've linked my review below.

      Link: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

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        Pamplemoose RE: Abby Jan 14, 2005 12:30 PM

        In Chinatown there's Asian Noodles. Very good Filipino food in a more formal (non point point) setting. They look like they're moving the food upscale. I really recommend it.
        One drawback though is it's been jammed with people after Huell Howser did a story on it.
        Asian Noodles
        643 N Spring St
        Los Angeles, CA 90012
        (213) 617-1083

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          Ralph Green RE: Pamplemoose Feb 19, 2006 01:30 AM

          After the Huell Howser show, I visited Asian Noodles on a Monday for lunch. Very slow day but the waiter and cashier were both grouchy, rude, and the most unfriendly people I have ever encountered in any restaurant. Gave it another try on a Saturday afternoon, same waiter (pony tail guy), very straightforward with the same attitude "are you going to order or not", didn't ask if I wanted any drinks, turned away even before I was finished with my order. My only mistake? I still gave a generous tip...no more visits, no more tips.

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          badseed RE: Abby Jan 14, 2005 12:42 PM

          filipino restaurants have been covered extensively in LA ChowNews - below are some of the names & addresses.

          (not sure if they're all still open)

          Barrio Fiesta [East San Fernando Valley]
          3687 San Fernando Rd
          Glendale 91204

          Kapit Bahay [South OC
          ]615 N Euclid St, north of Lincoln
          Anaheim 92801

          Iba'n Express [South Bay
          ]21620 Figueroa St, at Carson
          Carson 90745

          Asian Noodles [Chinatown
          ]643 N Spring St
          Los Angeles 90012

          Pinoy-Pinay Filipino Restaurants [West San Fernando Valley
          ]8340 Van Nuys Blvd, #J
          Panorama City 91402

          Pinoy-Pinay Filipino Restaurants [Artesia-ish
          ]11900 South St, Ste 108
          Cerritos 90703

          Pinoy Pinay Filipino Restaurant [Inland of LA
          ]2532 S Azusa Ave
          West Covina 91792

          Jollibee [South Bay
          ]139 W Carson St
          Carson 90745

          Jollibee [Artesia-ish
          ]17316 Norwalk Blvd
          Cerritos 90703

          Salo Salo [Artesia-ish
          ]18300 Gridley Rd # A
          Artesia 90701

          Isla [Eagle Rock
          ]formerly Toto's Lechon Manok
          4420 Eagle Rock Blvd
          Los Angeles 90041

          Toto's Lechon Manok [Eagle Rock
          ]4110 Verdugo Rd
          Los Angeles 90065

          Mami King Restaurant [South Bay
          ]22222 Main St
          Carson 90745

          Mami King Restaurant [Wst San Fernando Valley
          ]14650 Roscoe Blvd # 12
          Panorama City 91402

          Turo Turo Point Point Joint #2 [Koreatown
          ]AKA Point Point Joint Restaurant
          3959 Wilshire Blvd # B211
          Los Angeles 90010

          Turo Turo Point Point Joint Restaurant #3 [East Hollywood
          ]AKA Point Point Joint Restaurant #3
          4627 Santa Monica Blvd, near Vermont
          Los Angeles 90029

          D J Bibingkahan [Artesia-ish
          ]12155 South St
          Artesia 90701

          D J Bibingkahan [East Hollywood
          ]190 S Vermont Ave
          Los Angeles 90004

          DJ Bibingkahan [Central San Fernando Valley
          ]13760 Roscoe Blvd
          Panorama City

          Aling Delia's Restaurant [South Bay
          ]860 E Carson St # 121
          Carson 90745

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          1. re: badseed
            Tusc RE: badseed Jan 15, 2005 06:56 PM

            Wow! That is some list, you even had my favorite hole-in-the-wall, Iba'n Express, which makes some great Diniguan. Good coverage!

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              The Chowhound Team RE: badseed Jan 15, 2005 08:12 PM

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              1. re: badseed
                papillon RE: badseed Feb 3, 2005 04:24 AM

                A new one - Asian Noodles #3 on Glendale, CA. Verdugo cor. Colorado.

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                Mr E Van RE: Abby Jan 14, 2005 09:32 PM

                Bahay Kubo Restaurant
                2330 W Temple St
                Los Angeles, CA 90026

                It's a turo turo type of place but it's just absolutely delicious and the best (IMHO)

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                  Jarrod San Angel RE: Abby Jan 15, 2005 03:46 AM

                  Don't know where you're located, but if Glendale isn't too far out of the way, there's a reliable and locally famous Filipino family style restaurant worth a mention - Max's of Manila. I'm no authority on Filipino food - it's perhaps the one Asian cuisine I have the least experience with, given the unfortunate dearth of Filipino restaurants in my area - but I've dined there a few times and have been pleased with each new experience. Menu highlights include Crispy Fried Chicken, Kare-Kare, Crispy Pata, Dinuguan, and Lechon Kawali.
                  Take a look at the website, which I've given the link to below.
                  There's also another Filipino restaurant in Glendale - can't think of the name of it for the life of me - but it's on Brand Blvd, and it's just about a quarter of a mile down the street from the Glendale Galleria. If you can find the complex that houses Olive Garden and California Pizza Kitchen on Brand, you've found it. It's above Olive Garden, on the second floor of the complex.. and you can see the name from the street. Haven't been, but it looks more upscale than Max's. If you go, don't forget to give us a report! Enjoy!

                  Link: http://www.maxsofmanila.com/glendale....

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                    Maxley RE: Jarrod San Angel Feb 8, 2005 03:32 PM

                    I was very disappointed dining at Max's of Manila restaurant in Glendale couple weeks ago. First of all, our server and the receptionist looks like as if they don't want to be there. The Kare-Kare, did not taste the way it should be, and were served with just one small piece of oxtail in a big bowl of vegies. My wife ordered a filipino style bistek, once again, the kitchen was a bit greedy. We were served with looks like shredded meat that was left over of large part of the meat. It's not worth the money you're paying. I give them credit with the decor and cleanliness of the restaurant. Pleas try Davao Tuna Grill, ifyou want grilled fish. It's also in Glendale.

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                    Jarrod San Angel RE: Abby Jan 15, 2005 03:49 AM

                    I just re-read your post and saw that you actually mention Max's. *very embarrassed here* Sorry!! Must have skipped that line in your post somehow! All the same, try to hunt down the other one on Brand..

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                      Valleypinoy RE: Abby Jun 9, 2008 10:53 PM

                      There's a new Filipino restaurant in Historic Filipinotown called Kapistahan. It's pretty good and it's not turo-turo (aka food that's sitting in steam trays under heat lamps). I recommend the Filipino breakfasts...$6.50 each.

                      1925 W. Temple St., Los Angeles

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