Cafe Reviews

But First, Dessert: Casa Filipina Is Great with Sweets and the Savory Side Is Worth Exploring

I've been eating it my whole life. I know the truth. Filipino food isn't sexy.

There's little glamor in a reddish-brown stew of bitter vegetables in garlicky shrimp paste sauce or a whole fried fish that stares at you unblinkingly as you separate bits of meat from its skeleton. This food doesn't make you want to take out your phone and snap a photo, and for first-time diners, it doesn't exactly make you want to dig in.

I believe that's at least part of the reason Filipino fare has yet to break into the mainstream while many other Asian cuisines have managed to find a place in the regular eating rotations of American diners.

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Lauren Saria
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