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Apr 20, 2009 03:20 PM

Fairfax Inn Restaurant - Filipino Breakfast

Has anyone eaten here? My husband just drove by and saw a sign saying "now serving Filipino food". I googled it and found a yelp posting saying that the filipino breakfast was great and that there is a good Filipono menu you can ask for.

Location - 2946 Sleepy Hollow Rd
Falls Church, VA 22044
(703) 532-0616

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  1. Yes, I've eaten off the Filipino menu four times. This is probably the best, freshest Filipino food in the area. They succeed by keeping it simple. Small menu, recurring side of ginger slaw.

    Having said that, it's not like I've tried many dishes. One of my favorite meals anywhere is daing na bangus (marinated milkfish) and they do a very good version here. It's always killer, and both my kids love it. i've also had the marinated pork dish (pata?), a very simple dish that I liken to kalbi. Nice stuff. This food is cheap and addictive.

    They also serve some killer milkshakes like Horchata and Jamaica, both GREAT. The give you a full glass and they also serve you the rest still in the stainless steel canister. Even though it's a lot, you still wish it wouldn't end.

    5 Replies
      1. re: Ericandblueboy

        Correct. They have two Filipino menus, one served all day (the breakfast menu) and the other for lunch and beyond. I don't know what time they close, but it is a diner inside a medical office building, so I think they are finished by 6pm. They also have a regular American diner menu, which is what most folks order.

        1. re: Steve

          I'm going to have to give this place a try!

        1. re: lblau

          I've done this before here. It's an old-fashioned lunch counter and they are set up for a maximium of four at any one table.

      2. This is just an odd place. Everything on the Filipino lunch/dinner menu is $10 (from what I recall), and there are no appetizers. You want lumpia - $10. I would've liked to try one or two lumpia with my meal of fried milkfish - $10.

        The milkfish was served with a gumbo-like soup consisting of mung beans, kale-like greens, and bits of seafood (crab meat and shrimp). There was also a mound of flavored rice (not unpleasant, I just don't know what seasoning was in there). The milkfish itself is fine - fried crispy, tasting of salt with some sourness presumably from being marinated and dried. Not a bad deal for $10, I guess. I would definitely go back and try more stuff, perhaps tomorrow.

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          1. re: Worldwide Diner

            If I recall there are two menus with Filipino food, one just for breakfast, and the other a full menu. The milkfish I had was served with a fried egg, ginger slaw, and garlic rice. I've never seen that soup before.

            DId you ask about just getting one or two lumpia? It would be strange if they made you buy a whole bunch.

            I live around the corner, so give me a shout if you go back and wouldn't mind the company.

            1. re: Steve

              I had brunch there this morning. I inquired about a smaller order of lumpia, they said no. Each order is 12 lumpias. I also had some chicken adobo. The Shanghai Lumpia has a filling similar to cha gio - mostly minced meat seasoned like cha gio. There were delicious, but I didn't really need to eat 12 of them (but I did anyway). The chicken adobo was pretty good - the difference between adobo and Chinese food is that the sauce has quite a bit of vinegar so there's a distinct sourness to the dish. I did not finish the whole plate of chicken, but I was close.

            2. re: Worldwide Diner

              The "Gumbo" like dish oddly enough is called Mungo(rhymes with Gumbo) Guisado. The Rice was probably Garlic Rice
              Looks like their Menu has all the Classics.