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I am looking for an above average, not too expensive, not fast food, Filipino restaurant(s) in the Los Angeles area. I don't know anything about this ethnic food so any help is great.

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  1. Max's in Glendale

    1. Max's is a chain. Try to find an independent if you can.

      1. Magic Wok in Cerritos has been a go to for my family. One of the rare instances my Filipino family goes out to eat Filipino food.

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        1. re: kainzero

          Second Magic Wok. The crispy pata is a must. Sisig is also very good.

        2. Fiesta Sa Barrio -- if you need a table to eat your Filipino food

          Lutong Bahay -- if you are ok without a table.

          Either place is sort of, well, gnarly. In the way that Spam is kind of gnarly.

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          1. re: ipsedixit

            I have yet to find an LA Filipino restaurant that wasn't gnarly.

            I've heard decent things about The Park's Finest, which is a sort of fusion of barbecue and pinoy fiesta food.

            http://theparksfinest.com/

            1. re: JeMange

              this place has also been on my list with decent reviews:

              http://www.yelp.com/biz/la-rose-cafe-...

              1. re: JeMange

                Park's finest is ok but definitely not worth going out of your way for.

                I don't know of any filipino places that aren't steam table. Anyone who knows one, please post. OC included

                I'm not filipino but I like their food. Sisig is really amazing, at least when made well. I also like the stew dishes like adobo menudo, and calderata. Every place seems to be a steam table and they usually have most of these things. Usually you can just pick 2 and they give you a bunch of white rice with it. Weirdly though, in my experience, Filipinos eat a lot of rice but they are lousy at making it. It's frequently gloopy and clumpy and this is across multiple restaurants. Maybe they like it that way?

            2. In case you ever do decide to explore the fast food side of
              Fililpino food.

              Teto's Lechon Manok is a good place to get your crispy pig parts.

              1. I don't do Filipino often (vegetarian spouse, too damn fat already), but Fiesta Sa Barrio's pata made me very, very happy. As in, "Oh!! So THIS is what pig is all about!"

                That was a few years back, but I'm sure they haven't lost the recipe.

                1. La Fang Asian Fusion Bistro is poorly named, but serves absolutely incredible Filippino food:

                  http://www.yelp.com/biz/la-fang-asian...

                  I went to a big dinner there. I cannot really recall what everything is called, but get the fried pork with mango and coconut sauce. One of the best things I've eaten anywhere. Unusual in a truly fantastic way.

                  They have tons of authentic dishes and will be very happy to guide you through the cuisine. Also, portions are insane!

                  1. Thank you for your feedback.

                    Yesterday, I was at BOA on Vermont in Hollywood, and I remembered the L.A. Rose Café on Fountain. I went there.

                    I tried the Empanadas, Kare Kare Oxtail, Rice, and a drink. All was good and enjoyed it. Will go there again if I am in the area.