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The Park's Finest BBQ


Echo Park

$$$$Perfect For:LunchSerious Take-Out Operation
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Serving American barbecue classics with a Filipino twist, Park’s Finest in Echo Park sticks out not just on this list, but from pretty much anywhere in the city. Smoked meats, like slow-roasted pulled pork, roasted chicken with a candy-like crust, or longanisa hot links sliced in a perfect row, are all fantastic. But nothing compares to their coconut beef adobo, made from a 16-hour smoked chuck stewed in coconut cream and fish sauce until it falls apart. The best way to sample the greatest hits at Park’s Finest is their Worker Plate, a Wednesday special that includes a medley of Filipino BBQ and sweet cornbread bibingka for less than $20. It’s such a great deal, we immediately imagined ourselves hanging out here weekly in one of their leather booths watching ESPN on the big screens in the dining room.

Food Rundown

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Coconut Beef Adobo

This stuff is magical. Creamy and spicy. We could eat a gallon of this and be happy. Definitely the first thing to order on a non-Wednesday.
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Cornbread Bibingka

This moist cornbread is closer to a slice of cake than it is to the crumbly, dry squares you find at a lot of BBQ places. There's also a hint of coconut that gives it the sweetness of Filipino bibingka. Don't leave without an order of this.
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Hot Links

Spicy as hell and perfect when paired with their traditional barbecue sauce.
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Pulled Pork

While this dish is a BBQ restaurant staple, you can skip the version at Park's Finest. It's made with juicy, slow-roasted pork shoulder that pairs well with the vinegary-based BBQ sauce, but it's just not as exciting as the other smoked meats on the menu.

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