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Filipino food beckons from the sizzling sound of a hot plate of sisig to the pungent aroma of simmering adobo. And if you’re looking for Filipino food and pastries in the Valley, options stretch from west to east.
They include pop-ups with a modern spin; regional specialties; and turo turo restaurants, which translates to “point point” in Tagalog, a cafeteria-style concept where people point to what foods they want.
During the coronavirus pandemic, delivery and pickup have a lower risk of COVID-19 spread than dining in. For those who dine in, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends sitting six feet apart, and if possible, outdoors.
Diners should contact these businesses to see what options are available.
At My Place Cafe
This East Valley restaurant offers mostly traditional Filipino food. The menu includes kare kare, stewed oxtail and tripe with a peanut sauce; and okoy, deep-fried shrimp and vegetable fritters.
Details: 2121 W. Guadalupe Road, Suite 8, Mesa. 480-838-1008, facebook.com/atmyplacecafeaz.
Based in west Phoenix, Bread Jeneration is a home bakery that sells Filipino pastries, such as Spanish bread filled with a sweet and buttery paste, and pan de coco, a soft bread roll with a coconut filling. Customers can order online for pickup or delivery, or find them packaged at Lutong Bahay restaurant in Glendale.
Details: 623-703-1381, breadjeneration.com.
Casa Filipina Bakeshop and Restaurant
In 2015 Casa Filipina won the azcentral critic’s pick for best Filipino food. The Arizona Republic’s former dining critic Dominic Armato gave a shoutout to the crispy binagoongang, a special-order item that combines crispy pork with eggplant, tomatoes and fermented shrimp paste.
Details: 3531 W. Thunderbird Road, Phoenix. 602-942-1258, casafilipina.com.
Deez Buns riffs on classic Asian dishes. On the Filipino side, the restaurant offers a longsilog burger on a bao bun and lumpia corn cheese, fried spring rolls filled with cheesy Korean-style street corn and side of “fire sauce.”
Details: 1158 W. Washington St., Suite 5, Tempe. 602-267-1715, deezbuns.com. Second menu available at Killer Whale Sex Club: 922 N. Sixth St., Phoenix. instagram.com/killerwhalesexclub.
This home bakery in Litchfield Park offers cakes, tarts and cookies with Filipino flavors, such as ube, pandan and leche flan. Desserts RN also takes custom cake orders and can be found as a pop-up at Halo-Halo Kitchen, a restaurant in Phoenix.
Details: 623-399-2237, dessertsrn.com.
This caterer fulfills large ordering needs, including trays of cassava cake and bibinka, a baked rice cake. On the savory side, the extensive menu includes tokwa’t baboy, a dish with pork ears, pork belly and fried tofu, and sweet and sour fish. There is also a vegan and vegetarian menu. Delivery and pickup available from its Goodyear location.
Details: 623-523-9530, gingskitchen.com.
Halo-Halo Kitchen serves all-day breakfast silogs featuring fried rice, fried egg with choice of protein, such as dried and salted fish and Filipino-style meatloaf. The restaurant offers a daily menu that can be found online, as well as a short-order menu with items such as adobo fried rice, sisig and crispy pork leg.
Details: 3553 W. Dunlap Ave., Phoenix. 602-324-9670, halohalokitchen.com.
This fast-food chain from the Philippines opened its first Arizona location in Chandler. The iconic restaurant is known for its buckets of fried chicken, peach mango pie and fast-food versions of Filipino classics, such as the pancit palabok, a garlicky noodle dish with crushed chicharron, shrimp and slices of hard-boiled eggs.
Details: 2800 E. Germann Road, Chandler. 480-561-0340, jollibeeusa.com.
This mom-and-pop shop originally opened in 2007 inside Lam’s Supermarket. Since closing in 2013, the restaurant reopened in 2020 as its own brick-and-mortar, serving traditional Kapapangan food in a cafeteria-style setting. On the weekends Luton Bahay offers Cebu-style lechon, a roasted pig stuffed with garlic, lemongrass and green onions.
Details: 9250 N. 43rd Ave., Suite 14, Glendale. 602-703-0590,lutongbahayaz.com.
Nanay’s Filipino Restaurant
This cafeteria-style restaurant and caterer offers the classics, such as lechon kawali, cripsy pork belly; ginataang kalabasa, a stew with squash and coconut milk; chicken adobo and various pancit noodle dishes. There are also packaged goods people can purchase, such as pickled papaya.
Details: 2390 N. Alma School Road, Suite 103, Chandler. 480-821-7906, facebook.com/nanaysaz.
This bakery and catering business offers a variety of Filipino and Filipino-inspired pastries. Baked goods include blueberry cream cheese pandesal and stuffed empanadas with a buttery, flaky pie crust. Pickup locations in Mesa and Glendale.
Details: 480-544-2018, search ‘Pandesal Republik’ on Facebook.
Phx Lechon Roasters
This family-owned pop-up sells Filipino meals and desserts on Saturdays out of a Local First Arizona community kitchen. Recent offerings include kamayan “eat with your hands” communal meals for takeout, ube cheesecake and shrimp sinigang, a sour soup.
Details: 659 E. Main St, Mesa. 602-410-8115, facebook.com/PhxLechonRoasters.
Scooptopia offers a variety or shaved ice and ice cream supplied by Scooptacular in Laveen. It’s also offers halo-halo in a cup, a Filipino shaved ice dessert with ube ice cream, different flavored jellies, beans and fruit, and evaporated milk poured over it.
Details: 4700 N. Central Ave., Suite 2015, Phoenix. 602-566-3862, scooptopiaaz.com.
Tayo is a pop-up restaurant that brings kamayan feasts, a communal no-utensils meal where heaps of smoked meat and garlic rice are laid out on green banana leaves. The pop-ups have been on pause during the pandemic, but people can follow them on social media for updates.
This pop-up restaurant offers Filipino-inspired food for pickup at Uptown Farmers Market in Phoenix. Pre-orders can be made through Instagram. A recent menu featured pan de leche and manok, barbecue chicken thigh with sawsawan, a vinegar dipping sauce.
Located in Mekong Plaza, this restaurant and caterer offers a weekly menu featuring dishes such as nilaga, a meat and vegetable stew, and paksiw, a dish where meat or fish are cooked in a vinegar broth.
Details: 66 S. Dobson Road, Suite 125, Mesa. 480-567-4992, facebook.com/wholly.grill.