9 O.C. Spots for Filipino Eats

Before National Filipino Food Month comes to an end, here is a list of restaurants, bakeries, and coffee shops highlighting Filipino flavors in Orange County.
Filipino fried chicken at MixMix Kitchen Bar; Photograph by John Pangilinan

MixMix Kitchen Bar
Santa Ana
Cool Factor: Named Orange Coast’s Restaurant of the Year in 2017
Must Try: Pork cheek adobo fried rice, tropical verrine (chef Ross Pangilinan’s take on the traditional dessert halo-halo), shrimp lumpia, and Filipino fried chicken with calamansi honey aioli

Terrace by MixMix
South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa
Cool Factor: Another restaurant helmed by chef Ross Pangilinan, Terrace features a stunning outdoor dining space accentuated by lush greenery.
Must Try: Pork cheek adobo fried rice, tropical verrine (chef Ross Pangilinan’s take on the traditional halo-halo dessert)

SteelCraft Garden Grove
Cool Factor: Barrio has the same owners as the former Pueblo, Orange Coast’s Restaurant of the Year in 2015.
Must Try: Grilled pork and chicken barbecue skewers

Oi Asian Fusion
Rodeo 39 Public Market in Stanton

Cool Factor: This is the restaurant’s first location in Orange County with a total of eight eateries throughout Southern California.
Must Try: Adobo bowl, tapsilog, Ube Upside Down Pie

My First Kiss (My Flowers, First Coffee, and Kiss Bakery)
Rodeo 39 Public Market in Stanton

Cool Factor: Owners Anne Marie Damso and Golda Valladares source their coffee beans from the Philippines.
Must Try: Calamansi seltzer, ube banana pudding

Heritage Barbecue
San Juan Capistrano

Cool Factor: The restaurant’s executive chef is Westminster-based Nick Echaore, who celebrates his Filipino American heritage through some of the dishes.
Must Try: Pulled pork adobo bowl

MFK by Aysee
Cool Factor:
The eatery, which is set to reopen soon, offers a special kamayan service with your choice of signature entrees and appetizers beautifully plated on banana leaves. No utensils are required as you’re meant to eat with your hands in the traditional Filipino way.
Must Try: Kamayan (when it becomes available), crispy sisig, loaded MFK tots, Ubechata

Teofilo Coffee Company
Los Alamitos
Cool Factor: The coffee shop sources beans from the Philippines and roasts them in-house.
Must Try: Mount Milo, Nidolatte, ube desserts, Brekpasilog, fried chicken and ube waffles

Kitchen 1726
Throughout O.C.
Cool Factor: This cottage bakery is founded by chef Kryssie Tinsay, who is also available for catering and private events.
Must Try: Ube butter, brown butter ube cookies, ube crinkles, ube cheesecake pandesal, ube bibinkga, ensaymada

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