Sari Sari Store is a Filipino concept from James Beard-awarded Chef Margarita Manzke with business partner and husband Chef Walter Manzke. In Tagalog “sari sari” translates to “whatever” and is used to describe small stores that sell everything from candy to skewers.
The menu is based around savory rice bowls or silog that pull from Margarita’s Pinoy heritage, as well as a few sweet items like halo halo, banana turon, and her famed coconut buko pie. Sari Sari Store is located within Downtown LA’s Grand Central Market, and is small, colorful and casual. To find us quickly, enter the Hill Street entrance across from Angel’s Flight and look for the neon wall on the left.
PLEASE NOTE: all orders over $250 will be subject to an automatic 18% gratuity.
Glorious news! Whole coconut buko pies are now available any time of the year at our stall in Grand Central Market. Get started now by clicking the button below to PRE-ORDER your pie FOR PICK-UP for any occasion.
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Modern Times Pilsner for $3.50 each! Perfect way to wash down some wings or our famed rice bowls. Regularly $6.00.
“Margarita Manzke is making the best coconut pie in the city. Only it’s not exactly coconut pie, it’s buko pie. The coconut custard pie popular in the Philippines is typically made with sweetened condensed milk and young coconut, and it’s just about the most luxurious thing you can eat on top of crust.”
“Margarita Manzke, who is known for her French baking and pastries at République, puts together an extraordinary Angeleno version of halo halo, the Filipino dessert, at her small restaurant inside Grand Central Market.”
From “19 Essential Filipino Restaurants”:
“Margarita and Walter Manzke operate a fast-casual Filipino rice bowl restaurant inside Grand Central Market and it’s one of the most popular stalls in the Downtown food hall. Try the sisig, full of pork and liver bits over perfectly cooked rice, and topped with fried eggs. The roasted eggplant over garlic rice is another standout.”
“It may be an odd thing to say about a restaurant, but at Sari Sari Store it really doesn’t matter what you order. If you get adobo fried rice, you will find a bit of sweetness from the pork belly’s marinade; the sisig, fried pig’s head, is crunchier and more assertively salty; and the grilled eggplant is smokier, richer, more tart.”
“And the best reason to be there is Sari Sari Store, a Filipino rice bowl spot from the same people as Republique. The lines aren’t usually very long, and you can sit at the counter, have the lechon manok bowl with chicken and garlic rice (or the breakfast sandwich), but whatever you do, save room for the buko pie, described on the menu as ‘”coconut, coconut, coconut,” and by us as “freaking delicious.”
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