Are there any good Filipino restaurants that aren't as far away as Arcadia? I am especially looking for good lechon.
I live on the west side and work in Van Nuys, so within reasonable driving distance of those areas would be best.
i can't name one but you'd think that there'd be at least one in eagle rock given the high concentration of filipnos (and the seafood city supermarket in the basement of the mall there).
there *are* a couple of places that specialize in lechon and cater and also possibly deliver. one's in covina, the other in panorama city.
I have heard good things about The Park's Finest in LA, but that's BBQ and I don't think they have lechon.
There's also DJ Bibingkahan, which is alright.
The only other restaurant I particularly liked was Magic Wok, but that's all the way in Cerritos.
Sadly every time I eat at Filipino restaurants I just feel like I would rather eat my mom's home cooking. This was true even when I went to the Philippines and ate over there.
LA Rose Cafe near Kaiser on Sunset is not too bad. Not really the westside but if you're out there, its not too bad and a bit americanized with nice decoration, good service, etc. There are a few filipino restaurants (maybe 1 or 2) on Venice Blvd in Culver City but they're pretty forgettable.
There are a few restaurants in Panorama City by the Island Pacific Mall. Pinoy Pinay is a steam table setup up, but for me it was probably the best of the ones out there.
Doubt you'll find good lechon outside of catering of an entire pig though.
Strongly recommend LA Rose - they have lechon on weekends, and if you want a particularly excellent Filipino dinner then call owner Lem in advance and he will set you up. I sent someone who was Filipino there and she liked it so much that she went back with the whole family - even her mother who had never liked any Filipino restaurant in LA approved of it.
There was a thread on lechon not too long ago:
The Grill House in Granada Hills is pretty good. They have a milkfish sissig that I like. I also mentioned Oi Asian Fusion in another thread. They're in Reseda. The dishes seem mostly Filipino - pork adobo and the like, and are quite delicious. Then there's White Rabbit fusion tacos on Winnetka.