Cuisine Scene: Filipino
Long Beach has one of the largest populations of Filipinos in the U.S., making it possible for diners in the city to enjoy delicious dishes like lumpia, pancit, and adobo. Several Filipino restaurants and businesses are located on the Westside in an area unofficially known as Little Manila. Check out some of these great Filipino eateries on the Westside and beyond.
EDNA’S FILIPINO CUISINE
REMIX KITCHEN BAR AT LBX
At ReMix Kitchen Bar (3860 Worsham Ave), located inside Long Beach Exchange, diners can experience Chef Ross Pangilinan’s fusion menu that combines traditional Filipino dishes with French and Italian-inspired cuisine. Shrimp lumpia and pork cheek adobo are intermingled with fettuccine carbonara, a prime flat iron steak dish, and a selection of burgers. Try the prix fixe menu for a choice of three courses with an optional wine pairing that comes free with the meal on Wednesdays.
BTR PINOY RESTAURANT
GEMMAE BAKE SHOP
Prescilla Tolentino opened a small food stall near Manila in 1979, with many others to follow. In 1993 she opened a bakery in Long Beach with her daughter Catherine. Today, Gemmae Bake Shop (1356 W Willow St) offers traditional Filipino baked goods like pandesal and bibingka, plus cakes and desserts, many colored vivid purple with ube, or sweet purple yam. Customers can also pick up Filipino dishes like lumpia Shanghai and halo halo, a dessert combining a pantry’s-worth of ingredients, including ice cream, beans, and leche flan.