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Filipino Cuisine Continues to Grow in Los Angeles, and More A.M. Intel

Plus where home cooks can find rare ingredients in LA

Filpino dishes at Silog in Torrance
Joshua Lurie
Matthew Kang is the Lead Editor of Eater LA. He has covered dining, restaurants, food culture, and nightlife in Los Angeles since 2008. He's the host of K-Town, a YouTube series covering Korean food in America, and has been featured in Netflix's Street Food show.

Going beyond lumpia in Los Angeles

LAist has a retrospective on Filipino food culture in LA, followed by a tight set of restaurants and eateries that feature homestyle cooking in town. It’s a nice look at one of LA’s most unsung cuisines and ethnic enclaves, with light shed on places like Point-Point Joint in East Hollywood to L.A. Rose, a longtime standby for those in the local Filipino community.

For the home cooks out there

Chef Michael Bryant of Cliff’s Edge in Silver Lake has a handy roundup of where to get rare and hard-to-find food ingredients around the city, listing places like The Original Farmer’s in Mid-City to Mitsuwa in the Westside.

Beer drinkin’ season

It’s the ideal time to be drinking beer outside, with perfect sunny weather in Southern California. The LA Times has a sweet listicle of where to drink beer outdoors, such as the Griffith Park Roosevelt Cafe, which has large “schooners” of beer at reasonable prices, to Ladyface Ale Companie in Agoura Hills for a relaxing hillside brew session.

Rolling in more dough

Apparently California rolls are getting more expensive, thanks to increase in costs like transportation, rent, and labor. The average cost of a California roll rose by 2.3 percent in the last year, with the highest costs coming from New York City and Los Angeles (go figure).

Recent graduates pine for their favorite places

UCLA graduates that recently graduated get a little rundown of all the places they miss in a recent Daily Bruin article. Think Koala T, Stan’s Donuts, and Enzo’s Pizzeria, all affordable classics for anyone on a college budget. Oh, Barney’s Beanery shows up’s the place to go for karaoke nights. In case anyone wants to relive their college days in singin’ style.

LA restaurants on the Top 100

Nation’s Restaurant News has published their annual list of the Top 100 restaurant chains in the country, and leading the pack are a few LA based chains: Taco Bell (Irvine), IHOP (Glendale), Panda Express (Rosemead), The Cheesecake Factory (Calabasas), and BJ’s (Huntington Beach). Missing from the top fifty, but likely not listed because they’re private: In-N-Out Burger.

Where to find natty wine

Interested in natural wine? LA Magazine has a guide to where to drink natural wine in the city, and the list includes shops like Lou and Domaine LA to restaurants like Night + Market and Elf Cafe in Echo Park.

Everyone loves elote

The greater population seems to be entranced by the glory of elote, which is basically...corn on a cob, but a place in Downey has made an elote burger, according to LAist. Topped with crushed hot cheetos and an amazing amount of Mexican-style corn, Lock & Key’s secret burger costs $14.