Chicago restaurant serves Pinoy favorite 'tapsilog'
MANILA – The "Chicago Food Trip" caravan of the Philippine Consulate General rolled into a place serving famous Filipino breakfast and to another restaurant that offers the bounty from the land and the sea.
The consulate's food tasting team dropped by Uncle Mike's Place to check out the menu especially for homesick Filipinos.
Owned by Chef Mike Grajewski and his Filipina wife Lucia, the place boasts of all-time favorite Pinoy almusal such as the longganisa, tocino, and bangus -- all served with 2 eggs (any style), garlic fried rice, and a bowl of fresh lugao.
The restaurant which opens at 5 a.m. to 3 p.m. from Monday to Saturday and 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Sunday, also offers champorado, skirt steak, pork chop, chicken adobo, lumpia, and sinigang soup among others.
After a hearty breakfast, what better way to chill on a lazy morning or cap the night in a place that offers "wholesome and organic products".
Last October 11, the team went to the E+O Food and Drink restaurant where its Chief Operating Officer Aeron Lancero discussed the Filipino-inspired food items on their menu to Consul General Leo Herrera-Lim.
Opening at 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. from Sunday to Thursday, and at 11 a.m. to 12 a.m. from Friday to Saturday, the restaurant gives its clients a taste of Filipino favorites whether as pulutan or main dish such as the chicken sisig, cripy pata ang pork belly adobo.
From its Facebook account, E+O Food and Drink said the name "refers to a casual establishment, a place for everyday eating and drinking, "food and drink" is inviting and unpretentious and ambiguous".
Aside from some Pinoy-inspired food items, the place also offers a choice of different cuisines.
The "Chicago Food Trip" involves visits to several restaurants which include Filipino and Filipino-inspired dishes on their menu.
The aim of the event is to create more awareness about Philippine culture, as well as support the efforts of second-generation Filipino chefs in Chicago.
The activity will run throughout October, in celebration of Filipino American History Month. Every week, a team from the consulate will visit one or two restaurants, posting teasers on where they're headed on Facebook.
Uncle Mike’s Place is located at 1700 W Grand Avenue, Chicago, IL 60622 while E+O Food and Drink is at 125 Randhurst Village Drive, Mount Prospect, IL 60056.