LA Rose Cafe has served as a meeting space and celebration venue for LA’s Filipino community for almost 40 years. Their boodle (kamayan) menu is available for parties of six or more, is takeout-only, and one of the few that also includes empanadas, which we highly recommend - they’re generously stuffed with chicken, pork, or vegetables. The feast also includes chicken inasal (grilled chicken), inihaw na bangus (grilled milkfish), pork tocino (Filipino cured pork), large steamed shrimp, grilled beef tapa (dried cured beef), roasted vegetables, and pancit bihon (Filipino rice noodle). Most importantly for us, it comes with a choice of dessert: a refreshing buko pandan (coconut and pandan custard) or cassava cake. Go with the buko pandan if it’s available.