A Filipino Food Crawl: Jollibee

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Evan Kleiman recently embarked on a Filipino food crawl of Northeast LA with a handful of friends, both old and new. They began their journey in Eagle Rock, where Filipinos have been living for more than 50 years. The group visited Jollibee , a Filipino fast food chain with more than 1,200 restaurants worldwide, including Times Square.

Check out their fully mapped food crawl .

Photo by Christopher Ho/KCRW



  • Karen Tongson - professor of gender and sexuality, English, and American studies at USC
  • Paola Mardo - an independent audio producer and the host and producer of Long Distance, a narrative podcast about life in the Filipino diaspora
  • Chase Valencia - the co-owner and general manager of LASA, a Filipino-inspired, California-influenced restaurant in LA's Chinatown
  • Natassia Johnson - the co-founder of The Manila Machine, the first Filipino food truck, and author of the dessert blog “Let Me Eat Cake”


Evan Kleiman