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Seattle's top 5 spots to savor Filipino fare

Seattle's top 5 spots to savor Filipino fare
Photo: Knee High Stocking/Yelp
By Hoodline - Published on June 11, 2018.

On the hunt for Filipino cuisine?

Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the top Filipino restaurants and markets around Seattle, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of the best spots to meet your needs.

1. Knee High Stocking

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Topping the list is Knee High Stocking. Located at 1356 E. Olive Way (between Bellevue and Melrose avenues) in Capitol Hill, the cocktail bar, speakeasy and eatery is the highest-rated Filipino restaurant in Seattle, boasting four stars out of 763 reviews on Yelp. Open for a decade, the establishment says it has served over a half-million guests.

Cocktails include A Hard Day's Night with vodka, rhubarb, tea liqueur and grapefruit; the Black Velvet Manhattan with rye whiskey, falernum and lime bitters; and Chicks in Charge, a rum drink with lime and smoky rosemary. Happy hour is from 5-7 p.m. Monday-Thursday.

The menu offers Filipino-American comfort food like beef tapas, steak tapa sliders and the Cure-All Arrozcaldo — savory lemongrass and ginger chicken and rice porridge topped with soft boiled egg and fried garlic. Sunday brunch is also available. 

2. Oriental Mart

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Next up is Pike Market's Oriental Mart, situated at 1506 Pike Place. With 4.5 stars out of 215 reviews on Yelp, the grocery store and Filipino spot has proven to be a local favorite.

Located in the heart of Pike Place Market, this eatery and grocer has been offering a variety of Asian dishes and meats for 30 years. Look for menu options like pork adobo with rice and pancit (noodles), salmon tips and fried boneless bangus (milkfish).

3. Ludi's

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Ludi's, located at 200 Pike St. (between Second and Third avenues) downtown, is another top choice, with Yelpers giving the diner, traditional American and Filipino spot four stars out of 380 reviews.

The restaurant features a wide variety of breakfast, lunch and dinner options ranging from omelets and purple yam pancakes to burgers, wings and steak. Try a Filipino dish like the corned beef silog sautéed with onions and tomatoes, or the Hawaiian Loco Moco — beef patty with two eggs on a bed of rice drizzled in gravy.

Thirsty? Grab a domestic beer or classic cocktail like a bloody mary, screwdriver, mimosa or hot toddy.

4. Manila Manila Asian Retail Store & Food to Go

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Manila Manila Asian Retail Store & Food to Go, an international grocery store in the Lake City area, is another much-loved go-to, with 4.5 stars out of 33 Yelp reviews. Head over to 12710 Lake City Way NE (between 130th and 127th streets) to see for yourself.

The small grocer serves up authentic Filipino food for those dining in or grabbing a bite to go. Seating is limited. Expect food options at the hot counter such as beef lumpia, empanadas, menudo and more.

5. Fou Lee Market

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Over on Beacon Hill, check out Fou Lee Market, which has earned four stars out of 86 reviews on Yelp. You can find the international grocery store and Filipino spot at 2050 S. Columbian Way.

The market offers fruits, vegetables, meat and seafood, and also has a counter for takeout orders. Menu options include beef, chicken, pork and seafood, as well as noodle and rice dishes in half- or full-pan increments. Pork menudo, chicken adobo, pork sinigang (soup) and ginisang sitaw (a green bean-based vegetable dish) are also available.