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Jan 8, 2014 11:04 PM

Looking for a New Filipino Restaurant

Loved Salakot Sizzle & Grill in Historic Filipinotown, but they closed awhile back. Anything in LA that's similar in food quality and flavors? Specifically NOT looking for a takeout place with food sitting in steam tables all day like Nanay Gloria.


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  1. I recently had a great family dinner at fiesta si barrio in Eagle Rock. Really enjoyed their different fried rices (bagoong) as well as the usual suspects (Kare Kare, adobo, kaldereta, lechon manok, etc)

    Pretty extensive menu, better than the other choices around.

    Never been to the spot you mentioned so i don't have a point of comparison.

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    1. re: Xericx

      I've eaten at Nanay Gloria's Kitchen and the food plentiful, quite good and reasonably priced for what it is; primarily take-out with food sitting in steam tables. For about 5 bucks you get 2 entrees of your choice over a pile of rice. Their chicken/pork skewers are great if you're lucky enough to get one before they sell out.

      1. re: Xericx

        Thanks! I looked at pictures on yelp, and it looks pretty similar to Salakot, so I'll have to try it sometime!

        Anything in particular you recommend? Also, do you know if they're willing to make things more/less spicy? Their sisig looks good, but not enough peppers!!

        1. re: crocodileguy

          Their sisig is not like in the phillipines. It had decent flavor but something about the texture was a bit off. They even mentioned on the menu it was their own version of the dish.

          They had good kare kare, especially good with the bagoong rice. Garlic fried rice is always good as well. I'm not a fan of crispy pata but my relatives all enjoyed it. Most of their fried dishes were good (fried pusit/squid).

      2. It has been a few months since I went there, but I had an excellent meal at LA Rose. Excellent Filipino food, including lechon on weekends, and a pleasant atmosphere. More expensive than steam table places, but so much better.

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        1. re: FoodObsessive

          What did you have? Anything you didn't care for as much?

          1. re: crocodileguy

            It was a group meal with the Culinary Historians, so many dishes - lumpia, beef mechado, chicken inasal, chicken adobo, ginataang na gulay, something else I can't remember with vegetables in coconut milk and ginger. I liked it all.

          1. re: chrishei

            Have you eaten at either of these? What do you recommend? I'll try to check them out, but I always appreciate hearing any personal experiences you might have.


            1. re: crocodileguy

              Crispy Pata at Magic Wok is what they're known for.

              1. re: Jase

                Also: binagoongan baboy, sisig.

                Never been to Max's, but their fried chicken is supposed to be very good. Not sure about the more traditional Filipino dishes though.

                1. re: chrishei

                  Second crispy pata (awesome) and sigsig at Magic Wok. Good eats.

                  1. re: Porthos

                    Oh yeah, the sisig is really good too. My wife likes their version of dinuguan too.

              2. re: crocodileguy

                I can't stand Max's for some reason. They are known for their fried chicken, which I don't think is all that good to begin with. Not a fan of their branches in Manila either.

                Also, not being a fan of Crispy Pata, I didn't really like Magic Wok either. I found their dishes like freshly prepared versions of the steam table type places and the atmosphere as well.

                You may want to check out Gerry's Grill in Cerritos. I had a good meal there, its been several years. Also a fan of Pondahan in West Covina near that big mall out there.

                LA rose cafe is pretty good, I've only been there for breakfast/brunch. Its a bit more geared toward american tastes though. Great service and atmosphere.

              3. re: chrishei

                I found Max's very bland - not bad, but a very gringo version of Filipino food.

                1. re: FoodObsessive

                  I find Max's to be repellent. Have not really had good - or even edible - Filipino food in LA.

                2. re: chrishei

                  Max's of Manila is basically TGI of Philippines.

                  I've never been to Salakot, but a comparable joint would be the Salo Salo(s). Too bad the Glendale branch already closed.

                  But whatever, ips is right.

                  1. re: TonyC

                    I really like the Cerritos Salo Salo.

                    1. re: john gonzales

                      I went there about 6 months ago, the place really went downhill. Quality control, just about as bad as the Glendale location before they shuttered down.

                      1. re: Xericx

                        Wow, that's a bummer. I didn't go very often but I always thought it was pretty good.

                        1. re: Xericx

                          Interesting take, but since I never found the food much better than edible, it's kinda impossible for it to get any crappier.

                          What's the more desirable alternative these days besides Max's/Gerry's?

                  2. Really?

                    I personally think Filipino food is generally (with a few minor exceptions) just kind of disgusting.

                    But if I had to eat Filipino food, I suppose Oinkster would be closest thing I would subject myself to.

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                    1. re: ipsedixit

                      Move to strike as non-responsive! (and totally unhelpful to OP.)

                      Kayle Hits, at Cahuenga West and Barham, is a new branch of a San Diego "street food" eatery. Yelp reviews are so polarized as to prove that such things are HIGHLY subjective.

                      1. re: Ipso Facto

                        I heard about this one, and also noted the polarized reviews. Any personal experiences, Chowhounders?

                        1. re: Ipso Facto

                          Drove by it and wondered "hm interesting". Looked at yelp then said "hm pass".

                        2. re: ipsedixit

                          Do you mean Los Angeles restaurant Filipino food, or the cuisine itself?

                            1. re: ipsedixit

                              Ever since Mangga Grill shut down, there's been a sorry lack of really good, non-steam-table Filipino restaurants for a metro area with so many Filipinos. I had high hopes for Pondahan and Manila Bay, but the former is weirdly bland and the latter wildly inconsistent.

                              But if you like Filipino-gastropub fusion a la some of the Oinkster dishes, try Chapter One's adobo chicken wings, sisig fries, etc. Bonus points for the area's best chef's nickname (Jason "Chicken Wang" Montelibano)

                              1. re: Bradbury

                                Thanks for the heads up on Chapter One. That sisig fries reads like it would make Cosentino green with envy.

                          1. re: ipsedixit

                            To each his own. Everyone has different palate. I personally love stinky tofu and intestine but my wife who's filipina thinks it's nasty as hell.

                          2. Try Little Ongpin in East Hollywood and see what you think.

                            Little Ongpin
                            5050 W Sunset Blvd
                            Los Angeles, CA 90027
                            (323) 644-1738

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                            1. re: Servorg

                              all Little Ongpin are turo-turo. OP stated: "NOT looking for a takeout place with food sitting in steam tables all day"

                              1. re: TonyC

                                Food seems to turn over quickly, obviating "food sitting in steam tables all day" worries...

                                1. re: Servorg

                                  Sorry, not interested in food from steam tables, but thanks anyway.