I Need Filipino!
- Joan Talese
Is there any in the Boston area? I am informed that Shuttle Stop has now closed, and I know that Via Mare and Manila Puzon both closed about a year ago. From 3 to zero in one fell swoop!
Is NYC the closest alternative? None in Lawrence or Worcester or anywhere?
I am told that there are 9000 Filipinos in Massachusetts. That should be enough to support ONE restaurant, surely!
Sadly, there are really no Filipino restaurants in the Greater Boston area. Always seemed strange to me, considering the large number of Filipinos living in MA... But if you're really desperate, you can get some (fairly authentic) chicken adobo at Island Hopper on Mass Ave, next to the Lenox Hotel.
Isn't there JnJ Turo Turo in Quincy? That's technically greater Boston, if you stick to this definition (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greater_...). I've never been myself, even though it's in my 'hood, but I thought there were some decent reviews of this place when they first opened.
EDIT: Adding link to restaurant: http://www.jnjturoturo.com/index.html
Turo Turo is worth trying if you are the area, or possibly even driving to if you've never had Filipino cuisine, but it is a little hole-in-the-wall and serves a combination of made to order and buffet food. It is next to a little Filipino grocery. Haven't been back, but it did inspire me to buy a Filipino cookbook and learn how to cook a kickass chicken adobo.
i wish there was a jollibee in boston
i really like jnj turo turo filipino cuisine and was a regular when they first opened. it's family owned and operated and everybody is exceptionally friendly and helpful. they have a lot of good pork dishes (adobo, patatim, lechong kawali, sisig, etc) and the halo-halo (filipino shaved ice) is great on a hot summer day. the only thing i don't like is it's really small inside and can get very crowded with filipino families on the weekend
JNJ Turo Turo's pork sticks are awesome
pinakbet is very good there as well
their crispy pata was a bit dry with not much flavor on its own, but came with a good
soy-vinegar dipping sauce
very helpful and friendly service