Bad Saint may get credit for putting Filipino food on the map in D.C., but it’s far from the only game in town. The District, Maryland, and Virginia have long fostered a thriving Filipino community who could get their fix of lumpia (skinny egg rolls) and lechon kawali (crispy pork belly) from diners and turo turos — steam table buffets where customers order by pointing at hot trays of noodle-based pancit and mixed vegetable pinakbet.
Today around D.C. there’s a greater variety of Filipino food than ever before, with adobo popping up even at places like Jackie, the New American bistro in Navy Yard where Philippine-born chef Jerome Grant holds court. In these socially distant times, a number of local restaurants have had to stop hosting signature communal feasts, but old favorites and newcomers alike offer plenty to take home. Another game-changer is on the horizon: a branch of Filipino fast food giant Jollibee is on its way to Wheaton, Maryland.
A number of D.C. area restaurants have resumed dine-in service. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns. The Washington Post is tracking coronavirus cases and deaths in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. More information can be found at coronavirus.dc.gov. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.Read More