By Luchie Mendoza Allen

LIVING in OC is a totally different experience compared to being a resident of Los Angeles. The roads are wider, houses are bigger and of course, Disneyland and Knott’s Berry Farm are located in this area. And since OC is a county, sometimes finding a Filipino restaurant for our kababayans longing for Filipino food prepared in traditional prubinsya way just like grandma used to prepare it may be a little difficult.

Thankfully, there’s one on Champan Ave., in the City of Orange, home to the famous Chapman College – the school of would-be Hollywood production artists – a restaurant that caters to our distinct Filipino cuisine. Ang Lutong Pinoy may only be a Filipino fastfood restaurant, but it sure prepares dishes the way we get to enjoy them mostly during the celebration of our patron saints back home in the Philippines, when the best of Pinoy chefs share their mastery in cooking Filipino dishes.

This is why the slogan for the Ang Litong Pinoy restaurant is “Araw-Araw ay Piyesta” (Everyday’s a Feast). The fastfood restaurant, owned by proprietor Emmauel T. Torracha, also offers groceries to prepare Filipino food, desserts, etc.

But what’s best at Ang Lutong Pinoy is that they have also Lechon (roasted pig!), which is a must for any fiesta.

According to Emmanuel, Ang Lutong Pinoy has lots of other services, including catering for your party for as many as 50 guests, while their prices remain very competitive. The restaurant, which is also a one-stop-shop for the Filipino who needs to send a balikbayan box back home, buys a phone car and even for those who need tax preparation, has a friendly and very courteous staff to serve your needs so you can experience and serve the fiesta feeling in your home or in your place of business.

For catering and all other needs, please call (714) 634-9400. Ang Lutong Pinoy is located at 1738 W. Chapman Ave., Orange, CA 92868. For more information, please visit â–