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Adobo chicken is on the menu at Lumpia Pansit Atbp.
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12 Flavorful Adobo Dishes to Try Right Now

Where to find Filipino-style steak, pork, and even squid

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Adobo chicken is on the menu at Lumpia Pansit Atbp.
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One of the core dishes of the Filipino cuisine currently spreading across D.C., adobo is a stew typically featuring assorted cuts of meat (and sometimes seafood) marinated in a base of vinegar, soy sauce, and garlic. That simple template fuels endless subtle variations.

Area restaurants offer a range of adobo dishes, from iterations that evoke the reliable comfort of Filipino homes to inventive variations designed to thrust Pinoy cooking forward.

Here are a dozen adobo meals to seek out around D.C.

Note: The featured restaurants are not ranked. The map is arranged geographically from north to south.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Kuya Ja’s Lechon Belly

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12113 Nebel St
Rockville, MD 20852

A pop-up that shares space with the Filipino bakery Gwenie’s Desserts, Kuya Ja’s makes its namesake dish with pickled papaya, as well as an adobo chicken bowl. The restaurant plans to open a dedicated space in Rockville (5268-H Nicholson Lane) this spring.

An adobo pork belly bowl with yellow squash at Kuya Ja.
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2. Manila Mart

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5023 Garrett Ave
Beltsville, MD 20705
(301) 931-0086
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Open since 1996, this modest strip mall spot serves adobo chicken and pork as well as other Filipino favorites on its hot bar.

Adobo pork is one of the traditional Filipino dishes served at Manila Mart.
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3. Lumpia Pansit Atbp

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11160 Veirs Mill Rd
Wheaton, MD 20902
(301) 942-7800
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This Wheaton restaurant started in 2000 as a catering service that worked food stalls at Filipino-Asian festivals. It serves adobo chicken thighs as part of its menu.

Adobo chicken is one of the traditional Filipino dishes served at Lumpia Pansit Atbp.
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4. Purple Patch

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3155 Mt Pleasant St NW
Washington, DC 20010
(202) 299-0022
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Purple Patch owner Patrice Cleary recently offered a spicy adobo chicken dish as a special, and her vegan-friendly adobo eggplant is one of the menu’s personal twists on the dish. The restaurant’s brunch menu includes an adobo chicken hash.

Adobo chicken with rice at Purple Patch.
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5. Bad Saint

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3226 11th St NW
Washington, DC 20010

While its menu changes daily, the critically acclaimed, Bib Gourmand restaurant that continues to draw lines out the door has served a number of adobo offerings including adobong dilaw, flavored with turmeric; a tender adobo squid dish with squid ink; and a chicken and pork belly adobo pairing.

Adobo chicken and pork belly at Bad Saint.
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6. Masa 14

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1825 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 328-1414
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Among this popular 14th Street restaurant’s wok dishes is a drunken adobo pork. It also serves adobo marinated steak.

Adobo steak at Masa 14.
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7. Philippine Oriental Market and Deli

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3610 Lee Hwy
Arlington, VA 22207
(703) 528-0300

This Arlington market and neighborhood carryout serves Filipino favorites including adobo chicken and beef on its hot bar.

Adobo beef and chicken are served regularly at neighborhood carryout Phillipine Oriental Market.
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8. Pinoy Kitchens

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225 7th St SE
Washington, DC 20003
(240) 532-4436
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On weekends, Pinoy Kitchens sets up shop at Eastern Market and supplies passersby with chicken adobo — and, on occasion, adobo sliders.

Roaming vendor Pinoy Kitchens serves adobo chicken as part of its lineup of Filipino cuisine.
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9. Bistro 1521

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900 N Glebe Rd #100
Arlington, VA 22203
(703) 741-0918
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The owners of now-defunct Bistro 7107 moved to Ballston in 2017 to open the roomier Bistro 1521. In addition to serving Filipino standards including pata, sisig, and mechada, the updated eatery makes adobo chicken.

Assorted dishes at Bistro 1521.
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10. Fairfax Inn

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2946 Sleepy Hollow Rd
Falls Church, VA 22044
(703) 532-0616
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In addition to serving standard American fare, this Falls Church diner serves Filipino dishes including adobo chicken and pork.

An adobo dish at Fairfax Inn.
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11. Luming's

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9201 Livingston Rd
Fort Washington, MD 20744
(301) 265-9500
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This Fort Washington eatery serves adobo pork and chicken dishes, as well as barbecue pork.

Barbecue pork skewers and adobo chicken at Luming’s.
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12. The Corner Q

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8170 Silverbrook Rd
Lorton, VA 22079
Phone number (703) 690-0777
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This Puerto Rican-Filipino mash-up serves adobo chicken, as well as doborito sliders — featuring marinated chicken on plantain buns with garlic-mayo sauce.

Adobo chicken at the Corner Q.
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1. Kuya Ja’s Lechon Belly

12113 Nebel St, Rockville, MD 20852
An adobo pork belly bowl with yellow squash at Kuya Ja.
Kuya Ja/Facebook

A pop-up that shares space with the Filipino bakery Gwenie’s Desserts, Kuya Ja’s makes its namesake dish with pickled papaya, as well as an adobo chicken bowl. The restaurant plans to open a dedicated space in Rockville (5268-H Nicholson Lane) this spring.

12113 Nebel St
Rockville, MD 20852

2. Manila Mart

5023 Garrett Ave, Beltsville, MD 20705
Adobo pork is one of the traditional Filipino dishes served at Manila Mart.
Sharon K./Yelp

Open since 1996, this modest strip mall spot serves adobo chicken and pork as well as other Filipino favorites on its hot bar.

5023 Garrett Ave
Beltsville, MD 20705

3. Lumpia Pansit Atbp

11160 Veirs Mill Rd, Wheaton, MD 20902
Adobo chicken is one of the traditional Filipino dishes served at Lumpia Pansit Atbp.
Ray P./Yelp

This Wheaton restaurant started in 2000 as a catering service that worked food stalls at Filipino-Asian festivals. It serves adobo chicken thighs as part of its menu.

11160 Veirs Mill Rd
Wheaton, MD 20902

4. Purple Patch

3155 Mt Pleasant St NW, Washington, DC 20010
Adobo chicken with rice at Purple Patch.
Tracie U./Yelp

Purple Patch owner Patrice Cleary recently offered a spicy adobo chicken dish as a special, and her vegan-friendly adobo eggplant is one of the menu’s personal twists on the dish. The restaurant’s brunch menu includes an adobo chicken hash.

3155 Mt Pleasant St NW
Washington, DC 20010

5. Bad Saint

3226 11th St NW, Washington, DC 20010
Adobo chicken and pork belly at Bad Saint.
Cecilia J./Yelp

While its menu changes daily, the critically acclaimed, Bib Gourmand restaurant that continues to draw lines out the door has served a number of adobo offerings including adobong dilaw, flavored with turmeric; a tender adobo squid dish with squid ink; and a chicken and pork belly adobo pairing.

3226 11th St NW
Washington, DC 20010

6. Masa 14

1825 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
Adobo steak at Masa 14.
Laura K./Yelp

Among this popular 14th Street restaurant’s wok dishes is a drunken adobo pork. It also serves adobo marinated steak.

1825 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

7. Philippine Oriental Market and Deli

3610 Lee Hwy, Arlington, VA 22207
Adobo beef and chicken are served regularly at neighborhood carryout Phillipine Oriental Market.
Hannah H./Yelp

This Arlington market and neighborhood carryout serves Filipino favorites including adobo chicken and beef on its hot bar.

3610 Lee Hwy
Arlington, VA 22207

8. Pinoy Kitchens

225 7th St SE, Washington, DC 20003
Roaming vendor Pinoy Kitchens serves adobo chicken as part of its lineup of Filipino cuisine.
Marlon M./Yelp

On weekends, Pinoy Kitchens sets up shop at Eastern Market and supplies passersby with chicken adobo — and, on occasion, adobo sliders.

225 7th St SE
Washington, DC 20003

9. Bistro 1521

900 N Glebe Rd #100, Arlington, VA 22203
Assorted dishes at Bistro 1521.
Jennifer K./Yelp

The owners of now-defunct Bistro 7107 moved to Ballston in 2017 to open the roomier Bistro 1521. In addition to serving Filipino standards including pata, sisig, and mechada, the updated eatery makes adobo chicken.

900 N Glebe Rd #100
Arlington, VA 22203

10. Fairfax Inn

2946 Sleepy Hollow Rd, Falls Church, VA 22044
An adobo dish at Fairfax Inn.
Allison S./Yelp

In addition to serving standard American fare, this Falls Church diner serves Filipino dishes including adobo chicken and pork.

2946 Sleepy Hollow Rd
Falls Church, VA 22044

11. Luming's

9201 Livingston Rd, Fort Washington, MD 20744
Barbecue pork skewers and adobo chicken at Luming’s.
Naomi C./Yelp

This Fort Washington eatery serves adobo pork and chicken dishes, as well as barbecue pork.

9201 Livingston Rd
Fort Washington, MD 20744

12. The Corner Q

8170 Silverbrook Rd, Lorton, VA 22079
Adobo chicken at the Corner Q.
Beverly Z./Yelp

This Puerto Rican-Filipino mash-up serves adobo chicken, as well as doborito sliders — featuring marinated chicken on plantain buns with garlic-mayo sauce.

8170 Silverbrook Rd
Lorton, VA 22079

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