40 Filipino Restaurants You Have to Try When in the United States

20. Guerrilla Street Food

guerilla street food

Locations in 6120 Delmar Blvd, St. Louis, MO and 43 S Old Orchard Ave, Webster Groves, MO

Guerrilla Street Food grew to fame as one of the first food trucks of St. Louis, Missouri and expanded to a number of brick-and-mortar shops in the years since. It’s loved for its fantastic Filipino food fare but the one dish that people keep coming back for is The Flying Pig — a bowl of tender slow-roasted pork with chiles, sriracha sauce, and calamansi on jasmine rice.

19. Big Boi Filipino Food

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2027 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

From the chef behind LA’s well-loved B Sweet Dessert Bar, Big Boi Filipino Food Restaurant serves classic Filipino favorites that people, even those who aren’t Filipino, keep coming back for. They have combo meals, kamayan feasts, and even their own chicharon! They also sell their own Ube Butter and pan de sal. Don’t leave without getting some!

18. Purple Patch

purple patch

3155 Mt Pleasant Street NW, Washington, DC

Purple Patch has become one of the sought-after restaurants in Washington DC for its homey Filipino meals with a twist as well as its cozy ambiance. Must-tries are the lumpia, calamansi chicken wings, chicken adobo, and ube bread pudding. In the evenings, enjoy some refreshing drinks and cocktails!

17. Apoy

apoy

4301 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN

Apoy is known for its kamayan feast but its entrees and evening entertainment are also what make people line up for a table outside its doors.

16. Green Banana Leaf

green banana leaf

Locations in 13089 Peyton Dr. Suite J Chino Hills, CA and 11624 South St. Artesia, CA 90701

Specializing in Filipino fusion cuisine, Green Banana Leaf serves simple yet comforting Filipino classics that give customers a taste of the authentic flavors of the Philippines. Must-tries are the Grilled Pampano, Classic Pork Adobo, Lechon Kawali, Kare-Kare, and Bagoong Fried Rice.

15. Hood Famous Cafe + Bar

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504 5th Ave S #107a, Seattle, WA

Known for its handcrafted ube cheesecake, Hood Famous Bakeshop opened its first brick-and-mortar store Hood Famous Cafe + Bar on March 2019 where its patrons can finally try out its mouthwatering array of Filipino-inspired desserts with Filipino snack items, Philippine-sourced coffee, and evening cocktails. Don’t leave without trying its famous ube-flavored baked goods!

14. FOB Kitchen

fob kitchen

5179 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA

“It was once written that the evolution and creation of FOB Kitchen is that of a love story,” reads FOB Kitchen’s website. This women-owned restaurant was created out of love for food and community and it shows in their menu of delicious comfort meals, unique drinks, and lively space that welcomes friends, families, and newcomers to experience what being at a Filipino home feels like. Must-tries are their House Spam rice meal, Pancit Sotanghon, Ensaladang Talong, Longanisa Hash, and Daing.

13. Mama Fina’s

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95 Broadway, Elmwood Park, NJ and 167 Avenue A, New York, NY

If you’re on the hunt for good sisig, look no further than Mama Fina’s in New York. They offer a variety of sisig dishes but the classic pork sisig always trumps. Serving sizes are generous, so you’ll want to visit this with friends and family!

12. Isla Pilipina

isla pilipina

2501 W Lawrence Ave, Unit D. Chicago, IL

This tiny hole-in-the-wall is packed with customers every night for one simple reason: it provides an authentic Filipino experience with a wide variety of comfort dishes it serves. It’s considered a gem in Chicago where you can get delicious lumpiang shanghai, pancit, inihaw (grilled) meals, and more!

11. Turo Cafe and Grill

turo cafe grill

2275 San Jose Avenue, San Francisco, CA

Introducing to foreigners the “turo-turo” concept wherein you point at which among the variety of meals in front of you that you’ll want to try is Turo Cafe and Grill in San Francisco. They serve authentic Filipino viands cooked fresh every day.

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