Sisig burritos, tocino fries, and an abundance of UBE desserts!
Since the Filipino community is growing in California, especially in the Bay Area and Los Angeles, there are A LOT of Filipino restaurants there that are reinventing our cuisine, while still staying true to their roots.
This isn’t even all of them because there’s just too many, so we tried our best to filter this list and show you some of the must-try Filipino restaurants around California. Heck, we hope some of these open here in Manila too!
Señor Sisig is a Filipino fusion food truck that redefines sisig and incorporates new techniques to create Fil-Mex dishes like sisig tacos, California sisig burritos, sisig salad, and more. Both owners are Filipino who met in Daly City and decided to team up and start this booming business.
Bahay Kainan is a Filipino food caterer/restaurant and a family business in Carson. Chef Guilbert Ferido, who is also the son of the owners of the restaurant, decided to create a spin-off of Bahay Kainan, called ‘Baboy’ – serving dishes that uses pork as its main ingredient. They have dishes like kare-kare tater tots, lumpia burger, and even tocilog fries!
LASA, which translates to ‘taste‘, is a Filipino-inspired restaurant that serves modernized local dishes like crispy duck leg tinola, OG pancit, and even condensed milk ice cream!
Another food truck that specializes in Fil-Mex fusion dishes, the idea to put up this business came from a group of friends who noticed the lack of good Filipino eats in Los Angeles. After nearly a year of conceptualizing and experimenting in the kitchen, White Rabbit Truck was born, serving dishes like chicken adobo and beefsteak burritos, and ube champorado!
Manila Bowl is all about affordable and traditional Filipino food in a bowl. First, you choose what size of bowl you want, your base (white rice, brown rice, or salad), and then your protein (lechon porchetta, boneless chicken adobo, and more).
We’ve noticed that there are a lot of Fil-Mex fusion restaurants in this list and another one is Tacolipino, serving quality dishes like chorizo burrito, adobo tacos, and more.
Named after small-time stores that can be seen everywhere in the Philippines, Sari Sari Store is a Filipino concept by James Beard nominated Chef Margarita Manzke. Must-tries include the sari sari breakfast, adobo fried rice, and their summer halo-halo!
Papa Urb’s Grill serves Filipino food with a twist. You can go for authentic dishes like sinigang and kare-kare, or try something unique like tocino wrap or sisig tostada.
The Park’s Finest is a Filipino-American restaurant that specializes in Southern BBQ dishes. They say this is the place to get huge ass meat, cured in Filipino flavors.
Ninong’s is a family-owned cafe and bakeshop with a common goal of sharing the Filipino culture and flavors with the rest of the community. One of their bestsellers is the pancake combos in three flavors – ube, mango, and buko pandan.
L.A. Rose Cafe is a beautiful Filipino restaurant and cafe that has occasional live music shows. It serves dishes like rib eye steaks and desserts like food for the gods, halo-halo, and leche flan.
Oi Asian Fusion takes on Filipino-style rice bowls. It’s a casual restaurant that serves dishes like tapsilog, fried chicken adobo, chicken longanisa, and more. You can get some of Creme Caramel’s products here like their ube custard pops.
Rice Bar is a small Filipino restaurant in LA that uses heirloom rice and Filipino recipes. Chef Charles Olalia is currently doing different kinds of adobo dishes every week for the rest of the year. He made adobo dishes like salmon adobo, pork chicken adobo, pancit chicken adobo, and more!
Eats by E is owned by Chef Eric who was born in the Bay Area in California. He occasionally does pop-ups serving dishes inspired by his Filipino heritage. Some of these include shrimp fritters (ukoy), adobo-glazed fried chicken, and more.
Started in 2009, Roline’s Uniquely Filipino serves traditional Filipino cuisine with dishes like dinuguan, sinigang, kare-kare, and more. They just recently received a ‘People Love Us on Yelp’ award this 2017!
FrankieLucy is a Filipino-inspired cafe and bakeshop by partners from both Found Coffee and Creme Caramel. They have drinks here like ube horchata and desserts like ube upside down pie, chia seed pudding, and more.
B Sweet Dessert Bar is owned by a Filipina pastry chef who started a catering company in 2009. This cafe serves awesome desserts like doughnuts filled with Filipino ice cream flavors, bread pudding, ube and buko pandan whoopie pies, and more.
Cafe 86 is a Filipino-inspired cafe concept that serves a lot of ube options like their ube leche flan cupcake, ube crack cheesecake, ube pies, and more.
Jeepsilog is yet another Filipino food truck that serves authentic Filipino eats like tapsilog, lechon kawali, and even bibingka!
Named after what means ‘delicious’ in Tagalog, The Sarap Shop is a Filipino-American food truck business that serves tweaked dishes like Why You Laing and I Love My Adob(r)o that you can get as a rice bowl, sandwich, or salad.
Damn, we hope one or all of these might open or do a pop-up here in Manila! Filipino pride is real.