Posted: 04/27/2017 11:04:00 AM
Although your grandma definitely makes the best adobo in the world, hands-down, if you’re feeling like sampling some new takes on traditional dishes, or just have a hankering for some of your comfort classics, these restaurants won’t let you down.
With a rich, eclectic culinary tradition and a thriving population in the united states, it is mind-blowing that Filipino food isn’t already one of the most popular cuisines in the country. Luckily, people are finally starting to catch up, and exciting new Filipino restaurants are beginning to pop up in cities all over the map.
Located on Temple Street, in the heart of LA’s Filipinotown, the cheerfully decorated Bahay Kubo is a magnet for both local Filipinos and curious newcomers. Served buffet/cafeteria style, visitors simply point to what they want to create custom plates piled high with classic Filipino flavors. From amazing barbecue, to Pinoy comfort food favorites like Kare-Kare, Sinigang, Adobo, Pinakbet, and of course lumpia, Bahay Kubo is LA’s destination for home-style Filipino cooking.
Heading up the golden coast toward the bay, we find a treasure trove of amazing Filipino cuisine. And one of the standouts is Campbell, CA’s Tapislog Bistro. As far as the menu goes, this place operates on the “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” principal, serving no-fuss, stripped-down comfort favorites. And with the rustic exposed wood and galvanized tin décor to match, this place is a must-try for anyone in the San Jose area.
Named after the ube yam—the violet-colored root vegetable used in sweet-treats and desserts all over the Philippines—the Purple Yam is NYC’s destination for Filipino fusion. Tucked into the Flatbush/Ditmas Park area of Brooklyn, this unassuming-looking restaurant is home to some bold and adventurous takes on familiar Filipino favorites. But while chef and owner, Romy Dorotan, might take some inspiration from Korean, Malaysian, Balinese and French cuisine, everything he serves is undeniably grounded in traditional Filipino flavors (and undeniably delicious).
Sticking with the purple theme for a moment, D.C.’s contribution to the American Pinoy food scene is not-to-be-missed. Serving a unique fusion of Filipino-meets-New American cuisine, Purple Patch offers everything from papaya salad burgers, to Filipino classics like pancit bihon and pork sinigang, making it the perfect place for introducing newcomers to the traditional flavors of the Philippines.
Don’t be fooled by the Spartan interior of this newcomer on the Texas Pinoy food scene. After opening last year in Sugar Land, on the outskirts of Houston, Baguio Hut has become a destination for seekers of authentic Filipino comfort food. The adobo is excellent, as are their desserts. Their menu tends to change quite a bit, but, if they happen to be serving the tortang talong—a sort of eggplant omelet—do not pass it up.
With brunch maintaining its place as America’s meal, we’d be remiss if we didn’t focus on at least one Filipino breakfast spot. And when it comes to traditional Filipino breakfast, you can’t really beat Uncle Mike’s Place. With a range of egg dishes served with longanisa, milkfish, or spam and a side of fresh homemade lugao, this Chicago staple is the perfect place to start your day – Filipino style.
There are far too many amazing Filipino restaurants, cafes and eateries around the country to name in just one list. But with its growing profile in the American food world, there’s bound to be a great Filipino spot near you. So do some exploring and follow your nose to find the best adobo spot in your hometown.