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B Sweet Dessert Bar Brings Comfort Filipino Cuisine to Sawtelle Next

Big Boi opens in late November

Big Boi on Sawtelle
Mona Holmes is a reporter for Eater Los Angeles and a regular contributor to KCRW radio. She has covered restaurants, dining, and food culture since 2016. In 2022, the James Beard Foundation nominated her for a Jonathan Gold Local Voice Award.

Popular dessert shop B Sweet Dessert Bar will open a new Filipino restaurant called Big Boi on Sawtelle. The restaurant hopes to debut by late November, with chef Barb Batiste creating modern Filipino favorites.

Batiste believes that Filipino food could use a respectful update, but isn’t interested into adobe fries or sisig nachos. Big Boi focuses on classic Filipino recipes with better cuts of meat and less oil, with reasonable prices and portions. Think Filipino comfort fare, but new and improved adobo, longonisa, and pancit noodles.

Big Boi’s fast casual setting will come with communal seating. A Big Boi receipt comes in handy at the B Sweet Dessert Bar for discounted halo halos or bread pudding.

Batiste’s timing couldn’t be better, as Filipino food options continue to expand throughout the city. Batiste started small with a catering company in 2009, then a fleet of B Sweet Dessert Trucks in 2012, and finally the brick and mortar B Sweet Dessert Bar in 2014. She named this restaurant after her departed father Angel, whose nickname was Boi.

Once it opens, Big Boi will be open Wednesday through Sunday from 12 p.m. to 11 p.m., and 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Sundays. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

Big Boi Filipino Comfort Food
2027 Sawtelle Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA

B Sweet Dessert Bar

2005 Sawtelle Boulevard, , CA 90025 (310) 963-9769 Visit Website