Name-dropping this no-frills restaurant to any Filipino-American will automatically earn you brownie points. The Original Barrio Fiesta of Manila is where you go for true authenticity—so expect heaping, family-style portions, and food cooked the way your Filipino friend’s mom might make it. The enormous menu has a little something for everyone—from kare-kare, a rich meat stew made with oxtail and an addictive peanut sauce, to crispy pata, an enormous deep-fried pork knuckle that comes with plenty of crunch, to the famous fried chicken—all of which you should wash down with a glass of citrus calamansi juice. Just be sure to prep your refrigerator for all the leftovers. Heads-up: There’s another location with the same name in Glendale under different ownership.
How to order: Take out only