Sisig: Why Bourdain Loves It and Where to Find It in L.A.

Anthony Bourdain was won over by the sizzling Filipino street food.

According to food guru Anthony Bourdain, pork sisig could lead Filipino food into the international dining scene.

Bourdain told CNN Philippines that this traditional bar food was accessible enough—with pork pieces simmered, mixed with spices, topped with an egg and served sizzling—to garner foodies' attention worldwide.

In the United States, Los Angeles is one of the best places to find sisig and these are the City of Angels' eateries that serve the pork dish along with other Filipino fare.


Kalye Hits

Known as the place to go for Filipino street food in LA, the lively Kalye Hits always has live entertainment and karaoke on the weekends. Its pork sisig is a hit with diners, and is slow-roasted and seasoned with onions, scallions and topped with egg. It's also available in an egg and rice combo.  


Kusina Filipina

Patrons love this down-to-Earth Filipino restaurant for its friendly service and expansive menu, and give it high marks for authenticity. The brightly decorated family-style eatery is in the Filipino-dominated neighborhood of Eagle Rock.


Arko Foods

This food market lets hungry diners bulk up on their favorite Filipino foods. Arko's popular hot foods, such as pork sisig, tend to sell out before 3 pm, so go early. Diners can eat on-site in a cafeteria-style dining room, also found in the Eagle Rock neighborhood.


 

Kapistahan Grill

Created by three Filipina friends who offer a modern take on traditional Filipino recipes, Kapistahan Grill continually updates its menus to stay on the cutting edge. Its pork sisig, mixed with fresh lemon, onions and spices, is a best-seller.


Silog

The crunchy texture of Silog's pork sisig is one of the things diners love best about this Torrance restaurant. The meat is marinated in pineapple juice and vinegar before it's braised, then sprinkled with chicharrones. It offers three ways to enjoy sisig beyond the meat plate: in tacos, fries or tots and grilled cheese.


Nova's Grill

Nova's Grill contemporary take on pork sisig uses fried pork chops; this unique approach has created many a regular. Its generous portions and reasonable prices make it must-try destination for hungry diners in Covina.

Jennifer McKee
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Jennifer is the Managing Editor of Morris Visitor Publications, where she has worked since 2005. She grew up in small...