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Any Philipino restraunts in DFW?

dmc1977 Jul 23, 2007 09:48 PM

My ex-girlfriends mother used to make adobo, lumpias, and pancit for me all the time but after she went back to he Philippines I can't get my fix without making it myself and it's not the same. Anyone know of any place in DFW?

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  1. air RE: dmc1977 Jul 23, 2007 11:39 PM

    Great, now I'm craving some home cooking.

    D'Kusina is my personal recommendation:

    If you don't want to go to Richardson, check out this list from Guidelive, though not quite up to date because Palayok has closed.

    I've heard Filipiniana in Bedford is good, and I know of another place called New Manila in Mesquite that sells lumpia.

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      kuidaore RE: air Jul 24, 2007 08:19 AM

      Air, I'd like to try D'Kusina. Which dishes do you recommend?

      I'm interested in pancit bihon and crispy pata.

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        air RE: kuidaore Jul 24, 2007 08:36 AM

        Lets see, when I went with my family, we shared a bunch of dishes. I tried their gulaman drink, pancit bihon, siopao, lumpia, pork bbq on a stick, and halo halo. One little bit of semantics I need to mention: when I say lumpia, I mean that I ate what the Guidelive review called "Filipino egg roll", and we call that lumpia shanghai. The vegetable one would be lumpia sariwa, and there's more info about lumpia on Wikipedia.

        Anyway, all the dishes were good! You should go ahead and try their pancit bihon and crispy pata. I'd say go with those entrees, drink some gulaman (the Filipino's variation on bubble tea), then finish with halo halo for dessert. Halo-halo literally means mix-mix, with a recipe that can vary due to the multitude of combinations you can use to make it. It's shaved ice mixed with sweet things that usually include sweet fruit, ube (aka taro), milk, flan, and ice cream. And for the siopao, it's basically the same as the pork bun you can get in dim sum. I had mine to-go and threw into the freezer to save later for a snack.

        There's one last thing I need to say, and I know this is gonna sound odd. Bavarian Grill has a ham hock dish that I consider an excellent crispy pata substitute. It tastes amazing, so I'd highly recommend that if you ever eat there.

        Hope this helps, enjoy the food.

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          tarilyn RE: air Jul 24, 2007 10:52 AM

          Thanks, air. I didn't know Palayok had closed. My family and I will try D'Kusina soon.

          My family went to Filipiniana and it is just average. Don't go out of your way for it.

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            kuidaore RE: air Jul 24, 2007 01:27 PM

            Thanks! Sounds great.

            We like Bavarian Grill, too. My favorite is Rinder Rouladen mit Bratkartoffeln und Rahm Spinat, but there are so many other dishes I want to explore there so I was going to suggest a get-together there, too.

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              air RE: kuidaore Jul 30, 2007 02:41 PM

              Oh yeah also saw this, check it out for a little more in depth info on Filipino food in general: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/425145

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                kuidaore RE: air Jul 31, 2007 01:16 PM

                We went there today--unfortunately, they are closed Mon and Tue...

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          jjo5656 RE: air Apr 14, 2010 01:40 PM

          There is a place in garland/dallas area that is hidden and sells filipino food as well.

          Nam Vi is a vietnamese restaurant that also makes filipino food. The cook speaks tagalog and I think he used to live in the Philippines for a while. The actual restaurant is located within the Hong Kong Market.

          It's off Abrams/Walnut


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            Jaymes RE: jjo5656 Apr 14, 2010 02:02 PM


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              air RE: jjo5656 Apr 14, 2010 02:35 PM

              That place is pretty awful. Avoid it. The palabok was super runny and lumpia was borderline inedible.

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              pnamajck RE: air Jan 15, 2012 04:46 PM

              and now . . . new-manila has closed . . . down to houston we must drive . . . http://www.newmaniladallas.com/

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              chellie77 RE: dmc1977 Nov 16, 2007 06:06 AM

              I just moved into the area too. I'm actually looking for filipino foods/resturant/ingredients in the garland area. When I say new... I mean 1 month new... so, I've only been to a limited area. I understand that Mesquite is very close.

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                kuidaore RE: chellie77 Nov 16, 2007 06:24 AM

                D'Kushina is on Richardson-Garland border (Beltline+Jupiter).

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                  Luvfood101 RE: kuidaore Jul 4, 2012 09:10 AM

                  D'Kusina, Palayok & New Manila are Filipino restaurants in the DFW area that serve bad tasting Filipino food. People who cannot cook dig them. Besides, these places are not even suited for business meetings, parties or dates.

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                  air RE: chellie77 Nov 16, 2007 07:21 AM

                  chellie77, you should also search for Asian grocery stores in general. Most of them will have what you're looking for.

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                    pnamajck RE: chellie77 Nov 17, 2007 01:51 PM

                    new member here . . . the filipino editorials had interest to me . . . i wish to share also.

                    as for chellie's request . . . try www.golden-crest.com/index.php?id=14 for locations specializing in filipino products / distribution.

                    as for d-kusina . . . they have a webpage which includes address / times / menu : www.philconnect.com/dkusina/index.html

                    as for filipiniana in bedford . . . i also was very disappointed in the lack of authentic taste . . . agreed tarilyn.

                    as for palayok closing . . . that was very sad . . . the only location in dfw that had halfway authentic filipino selections. even so, i remember trying to order tapa at palayok . . . they served a pork-chop . . . hahaha. anyway, i am sharing this e-mail in regard to palayok's closing :
                    >"P.J. Fischer" <pnamajck@yahoo.com> wrote:
                    >what happened to palayok restaurant here in dallas ?
                    >>Date: Thu, 19 Oct 2006 06:52:11 -0700 (PDT)
                    >>From: "ray colorado" <pinoydirectory@sbcglobal.net>
                    >>Subject: Re: palayok restaurant . . .
                    >>To: "P.J.F." <pnamajck@yahoo.com>
                    >>The owner had to give up the restaurant for health reasons. They wanted to sell it but it seems there were no takers although I heard somebody bought their equipments and will put up another restaurant in a different location. If you are looking for another Filipino restaurant, try New Manila Bakery and Mart near East Field College, La Prada St., almost 1/4 mile from I-30.

                    this is just my opinion . . . but it might be worth your time to drive down to houston. just a four-hour drive . . . and one can find many filipino restaurants with really authentic filipino foods. additionally, most offer all-day buffets.

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                      kuidaore RE: pnamajck Nov 17, 2007 03:28 PM

                      I think D'Kushina is closed Mon (Tue, too?) It was when we went there a few months ago.

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                    foiegras RE: dmc1977 Jan 19, 2012 07:25 PM

                    Zen Bakery in Deep Ellum has a Filipino owner and serves pancit and other ethnic dishes.

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                      pnamajck RE: foiegras Jan 19, 2012 08:16 PM

                      foiegras . . . you are a godsend . . . look forward to checking zen out next week . . . seems closer to my old haunt "angry-dog" cafe . . . thanks for the heads up.

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                        foiegras RE: pnamajck Jan 20, 2012 05:43 PM

                        You're welcome ... and yes, it is close to Angry Dog. Zen's short ribs (not Filipino obviously!) are great, btw.

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                          pnamajck RE: foiegras Jan 20, 2012 06:25 PM

                          foiegras . . . had no idea about ribs being offered . . . wonder if they are marinated in 7up soda . . . makes for juicy (not dry) serving.

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                        air RE: foiegras Jan 20, 2012 05:53 AM

                        Yeah, I think they were supposed to start doing house-cured longanisa. I should head down there and have breakfast again sometime...


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                          pnamajck RE: air Jan 20, 2012 06:23 PM

                          longsilog definitely sounds tempting.

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                          Webra1 RE: foiegras Jan 24, 2012 11:43 AM

                          Coupon for Zen today:


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                            pnamajck RE: Webra1 Jan 24, 2012 03:01 PM

                            ummm . . . thanks but no thanks . . . voicedailydeals.com is a scam.

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                              Webra1 RE: pnamajck Jan 25, 2012 08:30 AM

                              How so? Seems like any other Groupon-type offer.

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                                irodguy RE: Webra1 Jan 25, 2012 08:17 PM

                                Yah I was wondering the same thing. I use groupons all the time.

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                            Luvfood101 RE: foiegras Jul 5, 2012 05:48 PM

                            Finally! A decent Filipino restaurant you can be proud of. Kudos to Zen Baking Company! Now I have place to bring my Filipino & non-Filipino friends :D

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