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Mar 16, 2007 09:53 PM

Authentic Filipino meals near the Ballpark

I highly recommend Carmen's on Pier 40, a family-owned restaurant located half a block from the ballpark in The Embarcadero. This is the closest to authentic Filipino food you can find in San Francisco without driving to Daly City/South San Francisco areas. I've heard it's a "hit-and-miss" Filipino restaurant, but so far, I haven't been disappointed.

They are known for their pork or chicken adobo. Absolutely delicious! (Very different style from other Filipino regions that I'm used to. They use paprika :)

Also serving:

-pork lumpia

-Daing na Bangus with eggs over fried rice (fried milkfish marinated in vinegar and soysauce; traditional Filipino breakfast)

-Comsilogs over fried rice (combination breakfast plate with two choices of either tocino, longanisa, adobo or fish)

-Fried tilapia


-Sinigang chicken or pork (savory soup and a little sour kick with veggies and meat)

I can recommend places in Daly City or South San Francisco also. I'd be happy to steer you to the right place.

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  1. Yes, please, more recommendations from you for good Filipino meals in Daly City and South San Francisco! When I ask my friends, they just shrug their shoulders and tell me that they get all the good foods at home. So, Gudeater, take us through the Looking Glass.

    1. I second doing separate posts for your SSF & Daly City favorites. If you add them to this post people looking in those cities might miss them.

      Do you know what region that style of chicken adobo is from?

      Thanks for the update on Carmen's and pointing to some of the good dishes. It has been a few years since I stopped by. Just a reminder that Carmens also has an American menu. Four years ago the breakfasts were outrageously inexpensive. Don't know if that's still true.

      Also read recently that it was under new management. Anything to that?

      1. Thanks for the post. I've seen this place many times when heading to the ballpark but have never tried it. Will remedy that this season.

        1. Thanks for the recommendation. Do you have any idea how crowded this place gets before a game? I usually eat at places at least 4 or 5 blocks away before I see a Giants game to avoid the crowds, but this sounds yummy....

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          1. re: JoyM

            It won't get as crowded as the other area restaurants. It has a reputation as a good average restaurant with the value being price. Also it is one of the few Filipino options in SF itself. As the OP said, it is considered hit and miss by a lot of people.

            Also, the service can be on the slow side. I liked it when I tried it a few years back but I was new to Filipino food and I don't think I ever tried the American side of the menu.