Sunday, July 31, 2011
Ever since I first tasted The Park's Finest BBQ which you can read about by clicking here, I've been in love with their food. You can also click here to also read a post about a Tweatup I put together for Northern and Southern California Filipino Bloggers for a delicious lunch sampling food from The Park's Finest BBQ. My bbq favorites have included their Ribeye Roast, their Mt. Malindang Pork Rack of Ribs, their Batangueno Beef Ribs and their Taal Manok. You can see some of those mouthwatering dishes below.
What I love about them is how Owner, Johneric Concordio, has incorporated Filipino flavors into the BBQ sauce that the meats are prepared in. In fact, there has been such a demand for his sauce from customers that he even started bottling it and selling it.
But it's not all about the meat, I also love their various vegetable dishes that includes Grilled Asparagus and a Ligaya Veggie Medley, which is a interesting mix of apples, zucchini and other assorted veggies.
And of course, a meal with The Park's Finest BBQ wouldn't be complete without Ann’s Cornbread Bibingka. This bibingka is like crack. It's impossible to stop at one piece.
In the past, the only way to have The Park's Finest BBQ experience was through catering with them because they didn't have a brick and mortar restaurant. In conversations I had with Johneric, he had mentioned that there have been opportunities to open a restaurant earlier, but he wanted to stay in Echo Park. For him, it's about keeping The Park's Finest BBQ in Echo Park as a way for him to support the community he grew up in.
Well, now an opportunity has come up for The Park's Finest BBQ to finally open up a restaurant right in Echo Park, but it's going to be more than just a restaurant. Johneric wants this restaurant to be a center for community, culture, art and of course, for fabulous food. By the way, when it comes to the food, it may be more than just BBQ, Johneric has talked about introducing more rustic Filipino dishes that aren't normally found in stateside Filipino restaurants and believe me, that has definitely piqued my interest.
Right now though, they need our help. They're asking for donations to help with the renovation and other costs involved in opening a new restaurant. In fact, check out the videoS below where Johneric talks about the importance of feeding the community and where you can also get a glimpse of their new restaurant space.
In exchange for your donation and depending on the level, you will get a few perks. It could be 15% off a future meal, a T-Shirt, an invitation to their pre-opening party, a free meal or even a combination of some or all of the things I just mentioned.
If you're interested in supporting The Park's Finest BBQ, please visit them at IndieGogo, where you can make your donation and also see what you'll get in exchange. Whether it's just $5 or more, it would definitely be appreciated and would go a long way in them finding a permanent home. I, for one, am looking forward to being able to just drop in for my bbq fix instead of having to make special arrangements and I'm sure that many of you would be too.
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