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Boneless chicken thighs glazed in sweet soy sauce and topped with crushed peanuts go into a takeout bowl filled with bok choy and a poached egg.
Boneless chicken thighs glazed in sweet soy sauce and topped with crushed peanuts go into a takeout bowl filled with bok choy and a poached egg.
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Where to Find Fantastic Filipino Food Around D.C.

From turo turos with basic adobo and pancit to fancier options for lechon, lumpia, sisig, and all the ube pastries

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Boneless chicken thighs glazed in sweet soy sauce and topped with crushed peanuts go into a takeout bowl filled with bok choy and a poached egg.
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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.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Gwenie's Pastries

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Overseen by Stella Fernandez, whose brother Javier runs Kuya Ja’s Lechon Belly, this storefront supplies other local Filipino restaurants and markets with sweets developed by their mother, Gwendolyn. Try the ube cupcakes, with a vibrant color coming from the purple yam that’s a staple of Filipino desserts.

Stella Fernandez shows off a big smile while putting fresh pastries into a display case
Stella Fernandez shows off a big smile while putting fresh pastries into a display case
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Kuya Ja's Lechon Belly

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Chef Javier Fernandez continues to sell his signature lechon for takeout. With its crispy skin and moist, well-seasoned meat, the roasted pork belly tastes as good out of a to-go container as it does in the store. One could subsist on lechon alone, but don’t miss out on the crispy adobo fried chicken sandwich, lumpia, and bowls full of pancit or grilled adobo chicken.

A cross section of rolled pork belly lechon complete with bronze, crispy skin, juicy pale meat, and a lemongrass and garlic stuffing at Kuya Ja’s Lechon Belly.
A cross section of rolled pork belly lechon from Kuya Ja’s
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Manila Mart

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Since 1996, this Beltsville storefront has operated as a grocery store and turo turo serving Filipino staples like lumpia, adobo, and pancit. After a long renovation, Manila Mart opened its expanded grocery and cafe space in the summer of 2020.

A turo turo table at Manila Mart
A turo turo table at Manila Mart
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Purple Patch

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Owner Patrice Cleary, who was born in the Philippines, opened this Mt. Pleasant standby in 2015, making it part of the first wave of local Filipino restaurants in an upscale setting. The sizzling, spicy pork belly and pork shoulder sisig remains a favorite brunch dish, along with such staples as longanisa (sweet garlic sausage) and tocino (sweet grilled pork). Purple Patch is open for takeout, delivery, and limited patio seating.

Sisig from Purple Patch.
Sisig from Purple Patch
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Bad Saint

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James Beard award-winning chef Tom Cunanan left the Columbia Heights hot spot in August, handing the reins over to sous chefs Hannah Anderson and Andres Gutierrez. No long lines are necessary while Bad Saint remains closed for indoor dining. The restaurant serves takeout and delivery dinners on Friday and Saturday. On Sunday and Monday, breakfast and brunch pickups include cold brew, milk tea, and dishes like a version of ginisang hipon that offers a Filipino spin on shrimp and grits.

A Vigan beef emapanda with a chewy outer shell from Bad Saint’s new takeout brunch service
A large Vigan beef emapanda with a chewy outer shell from Bad Saint’s new takeout brunch service
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The Game Sports Pub

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The below-ground spot in Adams Morgan is more than a sports bar. Jo-Jo Valenzuela, a longtime D.C. bar manager, has added chef and owner to résumé. He serves fried chicken and gravy, pig ear and pork belly sisig, and a plate of chicken or pork sliders on pan de sal rolls that he calls the Grilla in Manila. The Game is open for delivery, takeout, and indoor dining.

Lasing Na Baboy

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This ghost kitchen based out of the Tabard Inn, near the Philippine embassy in Dupont, accepts pickup orders online and offers delivery via DoorDash, Uber Eats and GrubHub. Lasing Na Baboy sticks to popular dishes like lumpia, pancit, and adobo (chicken or pork). Combo plates include the sweet coconut rice cakes called bibingka.

Rose Ave Bakery

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Vietnamese-American chef Rosie Nguyen offers a variety of Asian pastries at her in-demand bakery inside the Block’s downtown food hall. That includes ensaymada, a Filipino cheese roll that’s one of the cuisine’s most popular desserts, and ube cake.

Ensaymada, or Filipino cheese rolls, from Rose Ave.
Ensaymada, or Filipino cheese rolls, from Rose Ave.
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Philippine Oriental Market & Deli

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This turo turo and grocery store serves standard fare like adobo and pancit. It’s open for takeout only.

Chef Cathal Armstrong and Meshelle Armstrong, whose family ran a popular Filipino restaurant for decades, serve staples like lumpia and more creative options like adobo brisket sandwiches at their high-end restaurant for Filipino, Korean, and Thai food. Kaliwa is open for takeout, Uber Eats delivery, and outdoor seating at the Wharf development on the Southwest Waterfront.

First Bite - Kaliwa
Lumpia from Kaliwa
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Fairfax Inn Restaurant

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Owner Solita Adler, who hails from the Pampanga region of the Philippines, began serving dishes from her homeland in this Seven Corners diner in 2008. Breakfast entrees like rellenong talong, an eggplant and pork omelet that’s difficult to find, are an indication of how important the meal is in Filipino cuisine. Fairfax Inn is currently open for takeout and delivery.

Kusina by Egg Karne

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This Filipino food stand offers one reason to visit the food court at the new Fairfax branch of Asian supermarket chain 99 Ranch. Kusina (Tagalog for “kitchen”) serves generous bowls with garlic rice, a lumpia, and a choice of sisig or adobo pork belly. There are fast-food adaptations such as an ube burger, with the buns taking on the purple hue of the yam, and a breakfast sandwich with egg, cheese, and garlic-heavy sausage longganisa.

Kabayan Filipino

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Oxon Hill and Fort Washington, Maryland, have long been home to a thriving Filipino community. This strip mall turo turo offers staples like adobo, pancit, and lechon kawali. It’s open for takeout only.

Gigi's Kitchen

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Along with pizza and lasagna, this Fort Washington eatery serves lumpia Shanghai and baked goods such as siopao (steamed buns filled with pork or chicken) and pan de sal, a baked roll that’s filled with adobo and offered in varieties like baliwag (a small sweet roll) and  pan de ube (made with purple yam). Open for delivery and takeout.

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Gwenie's Pastries

Stella Fernandez shows off a big smile while putting fresh pastries into a display case
Stella Fernandez shows off a big smile while putting fresh pastries into a display case
Rey Lopez/Eater D.C.

Overseen by Stella Fernandez, whose brother Javier runs Kuya Ja’s Lechon Belly, this storefront supplies other local Filipino restaurants and markets with sweets developed by their mother, Gwendolyn. Try the ube cupcakes, with a vibrant color coming from the purple yam that’s a staple of Filipino desserts.

Stella Fernandez shows off a big smile while putting fresh pastries into a display case
Stella Fernandez shows off a big smile while putting fresh pastries into a display case
Rey Lopez/Eater D.C.

Kuya Ja's Lechon Belly

A cross section of rolled pork belly lechon complete with bronze, crispy skin, juicy pale meat, and a lemongrass and garlic stuffing at Kuya Ja’s Lechon Belly.
A cross section of rolled pork belly lechon from Kuya Ja’s
Rey Lopez/Eater D.C.

Chef Javier Fernandez continues to sell his signature lechon for takeout. With its crispy skin and moist, well-seasoned meat, the roasted pork belly tastes as good out of a to-go container as it does in the store. One could subsist on lechon alone, but don’t miss out on the crispy adobo fried chicken sandwich, lumpia, and bowls full of pancit or grilled adobo chicken.

A cross section of rolled pork belly lechon complete with bronze, crispy skin, juicy pale meat, and a lemongrass and garlic stuffing at Kuya Ja’s Lechon Belly.
A cross section of rolled pork belly lechon from Kuya Ja’s
Rey Lopez/Eater D.C.

Manila Mart

A turo turo table at Manila Mart
A turo turo table at Manila Mart
Bill O’Leary/The Washington Post via Getty Images

Since 1996, this Beltsville storefront has operated as a grocery store and turo turo serving Filipino staples like lumpia, adobo, and pancit. After a long renovation, Manila Mart opened its expanded grocery and cafe space in the summer of 2020.

A turo turo table at Manila Mart
A turo turo table at Manila Mart
Bill O’Leary/The Washington Post via Getty Images

Purple Patch

Sisig from Purple Patch.
Sisig from Purple Patch
Goran Kosanovic for The Washington Post via Getty Images

Owner Patrice Cleary, who was born in the Philippines, opened this Mt. Pleasant standby in 2015, making it part of the first wave of local Filipino restaurants in an upscale setting. The sizzling, spicy pork belly and pork shoulder sisig remains a favorite brunch dish, along with such staples as longanisa (sweet garlic sausage) and tocino (sweet grilled pork). Purple Patch is open for takeout, delivery, and limited patio seating.

Sisig from Purple Patch.
Sisig from Purple Patch
Goran Kosanovic for The Washington Post via Getty Images

Bad Saint

A Vigan beef emapanda with a chewy outer shell from Bad Saint’s new takeout brunch service
A large Vigan beef emapanda with a chewy outer shell from Bad Saint’s new takeout brunch service
Gabe Hiatt/Eater D.C.

James Beard award-winning chef Tom Cunanan left the Columbia Heights hot spot in August, handing the reins over to sous chefs Hannah Anderson and Andres Gutierrez. No long lines are necessary while Bad Saint remains closed for indoor dining. The restaurant serves takeout and delivery dinners on Friday and Saturday. On Sunday and Monday, breakfast and brunch pickups include cold brew, milk tea, and dishes like a version of ginisang hipon that offers a Filipino spin on shrimp and grits.

A Vigan beef emapanda with a chewy outer shell from Bad Saint’s new takeout brunch service
A large Vigan beef emapanda with a chewy outer shell from Bad Saint’s new takeout brunch service
Gabe Hiatt/Eater D.C.

The Game Sports Pub

The below-ground spot in Adams Morgan is more than a sports bar. Jo-Jo Valenzuela, a longtime D.C. bar manager, has added chef and owner to résumé. He serves fried chicken and gravy, pig ear and pork belly sisig, and a plate of chicken or pork sliders on pan de sal rolls that he calls the Grilla in Manila. The Game is open for delivery, takeout, and indoor dining.

Lasing Na Baboy

This ghost kitchen based out of the Tabard Inn, near the Philippine embassy in Dupont, accepts pickup orders online and offers delivery via DoorDash, Uber Eats and GrubHub. Lasing Na Baboy sticks to popular dishes like lumpia, pancit, and adobo (chicken or pork). Combo plates include the sweet coconut rice cakes called bibingka.

Rose Ave Bakery

Ensaymada, or Filipino cheese rolls, from Rose Ave.
Ensaymada, or Filipino cheese rolls, from Rose Ave.
Rose Ave [official]

Vietnamese-American chef Rosie Nguyen offers a variety of Asian pastries at her in-demand bakery inside the Block’s downtown food hall. That includes ensaymada, a Filipino cheese roll that’s one of the cuisine’s most popular desserts, and ube cake.

Ensaymada, or Filipino cheese rolls, from Rose Ave.
Ensaymada, or Filipino cheese rolls, from Rose Ave.
Rose Ave [official]

Philippine Oriental Market & Deli

This turo turo and grocery store serves standard fare like adobo and pancit. It’s open for takeout only.

Kaliwa

First Bite - Kaliwa
Lumpia from Kaliwa
Washington Post via Getty Images

Chef Cathal Armstrong and Meshelle Armstrong, whose family ran a popular Filipino restaurant for decades, serve staples like lumpia and more creative options like adobo brisket sandwiches at their high-end restaurant for Filipino, Korean, and Thai food. Kaliwa is open for takeout, Uber Eats delivery, and outdoor seating at the Wharf development on the Southwest Waterfront.

First Bite - Kaliwa
Lumpia from Kaliwa
Washington Post via Getty Images

Fairfax Inn Restaurant

Owner Solita Adler, who hails from the Pampanga region of the Philippines, began serving dishes from her homeland in this Seven Corners diner in 2008. Breakfast entrees like rellenong talong, an eggplant and pork omelet that’s difficult to find, are an indication of how important the meal is in Filipino cuisine. Fairfax Inn is currently open for takeout and delivery.

Kusina by Egg Karne

This Filipino food stand offers one reason to visit the food court at the new Fairfax branch of Asian supermarket chain 99 Ranch. Kusina (Tagalog for “kitchen”) serves generous bowls with garlic rice, a lumpia, and a choice of sisig or adobo pork belly. There are fast-food adaptations such as an ube burger, with the buns taking on the purple hue of the yam, and a breakfast sandwich with egg, cheese, and garlic-heavy sausage longganisa.

Kabayan Filipino

Oxon Hill and Fort Washington, Maryland, have long been home to a thriving Filipino community. This strip mall turo turo offers staples like adobo, pancit, and lechon kawali. It’s open for takeout only.

Gigi's Kitchen

Along with pizza and lasagna, this Fort Washington eatery serves lumpia Shanghai and baked goods such as siopao (steamed buns filled with pork or chicken) and pan de sal, a baked roll that’s filled with adobo and offered in varieties like baliwag (a small sweet roll) and  pan de ube (made with purple yam). Open for delivery and takeout.

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