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July 25, 2006 1:52 PM   Subscribe

Filipino Food Filter: To pick up a really cute filipina girl, I said I knew the best place for the taste of adobo in Los Angeles...which I was totally making up at the time. It worked. I have the date. Now I need the restaurant. Does anyone know a really good Filipino restaurant in LA or the Valley?
posted by rileyray3000 to Food & Drink (13 answers total) 17 users marked this as a favorite
I haven't the foggiest, I'm afraid, but I'd like to register my admiration for your balls of steel, sir.
posted by Zozo at 1:58 PM on July 25, 2006


Fusion chefs, even the best of them, tend to fall on one side of the spectrum or the other, either dressing up essentially Western techniques with Asian flavors and exotic ingredients or supercharging existing Asian dishes with professional French technique. Chef Andre Guerrero, who is Filipino-American, seems to split the difference about as adroitly as anyone in town. So where his “ahi towers” are nothing like traditional sushi, for example, the perfectly engineered cylinders of fried sticky-rice cake, seaweed, pickled ginger, wasabi-flavored flying-fish roe and raw fish have all the sensations of a great, trashy tuna roll. This is a midlevel restaurant, not a temple of cuisine. But Guerrero’s formidable chicken adobo is a remarkable, remarkable dish. 13355 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks, (818) 784-2915. Sun.–Thurs. 5:30–10 p.m., Fri.–Sat. 5:30–11 p.m. Full bar. Street parking. Takeout. California Asian. $$
posted by matteo at 2:04 PM on July 25, 2006 [1 favorite]

and let us know what happens
posted by matteo at 2:05 PM on July 25, 2006

Crsipy Pata at the Magic Wok in Artesia may save your skin. You might also consider Asaian Noodles in Chinatown or Salo Salo in Glendale.

Loads of good intel can be found on ChowHound
posted by Lame_username at 2:07 PM on July 25, 2006 [1 favorite]

Second the reference to Chowhound. It's always my first stop of choice when trying to answer, "Where can I find the best Odd Item in Random Place?"

Also second the cajones fuertes.
posted by jammer at 2:20 PM on July 25, 2006

Dude, you totally owe matteo a weekend's worth of wingman.
posted by mkultra at 2:49 PM on July 25, 2006

Dude, you totally owe matteo a weekend's worth of wingman.

posted by BorgLove at 3:02 PM on July 25, 2006

Be sure to eat at whatever restaurant you choose without her in advance of the date, so you can point to something on the menu you've had, know where the bathrooms are, and there are no embarrassing surprises. "You don't take credit cards?"
posted by Zed_Lopez at 3:25 PM on July 25, 2006

You guys are going about this all wrong.

Learn how to make adobo yourself and bring her back to your place.
posted by notyou at 3:37 PM on July 25, 2006

Best thread ever.
posted by LarryC at 5:28 PM on July 25, 2006

Oh, and clear your browser history...
posted by baylink at 8:24 PM on July 25, 2006

So, how'd it go?
posted by LarryC at 11:05 AM on August 7, 2006

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