The Park’s Finest – Featured on The Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins’, and Dives
It’s incredibly overwhelming for a Filipino Restaurant to be recognized by an American food show and appreciate the beauty and taste of Filipino cooking. It only took a quick tour, and a lot of food tasting by the celebrity chef host Guy Fierrie, along with his famous guests Adam Sandler, Chris Rock , Kevin James and David Spade, to fell in love with Filipino cuisine. The diner they were in was called the “Park’s Finest”, and indeed it stood up to its name for serving mouth-watering barbeques in a very convenient place.
Co- Owners Oscar Bautista, Johneric Concordia, and Ann Pajimula were all Fil-Am’s that were born and raised at Echo Park Los Angeles, where communities of Filipino and Mexican settlers are residing. Their love for Filipino foods and their desire to share it to the world has fueled them to make this restaurant. Before, the Park’s Finest was first a caterer, feeding only people from different events. But Concordia wanted to feed more people, and that’s where the idea to settle at one place came to surface.
The Park’s Finest main barbequer Johneric Concordia, has a immersed himself to the world of backyard-style barbeque. He, himself was a griller before his band of friends decided to put up this business. They admit that their styles and Filipino infusions on their food are new to the palate, and they are proud of that. The combination of smoked meat with coconut milk is definitely a must-try for those food lovers. But it is their cornbread bibingka that sells them off. The idea of Ann Pajimula was to improve the bland taste of cornbread. Then, her husband hinted to make the cornbread into bibingka, which was one of her specialties during Christmas Season. She then married it to shredded coconut meat, and voila!, cornbread bibingka became one of the best sellers for The Park’s Finest, and is a great way to end a perfect meal.
The restaurant is expecting a huge lift after Food Network “Diners, Drive-ins and Dive”, feature them on their show. It has nearly been two years of serving great Filipino dishes, and now, these foodies are planning to expand and put up another shop to cater those people who wanted a taste of home, with an American twist.
If you happen to visit Los Angles, you can check out Park’s Finest at this location:
1267 W. Temple Street, Los Angeles, CA 90026
Visit for more info: www.theparksfinest.com