BARTable East Bay Filipino Restaurants

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Stop in to munch on some fried spring rolls and sip on a mango smoothie or stay a while to watch a chef slice a whole roast pig — Filipino food is a blend of so many influences that there’s a little for everyone. From the influences of over 175 ethnolinguistic Filipino nations to a storied history of colonizations across the archipelago, there is no shortage to the different flavors Filipino food has adopted and has to offer.

Despite having a sizeable Filipino community, the East Bay Filipino food scene only really started growing in the past few years. The following BARTable pop-ups, former food trucks and restaurants take recipes from sariling bahay — their home towns — and reinvent them with the flavors and ingredients of the local community.

Photo courtesy of FOB Kitchen.

FOB Kitchen

Steady yourself for a blast of the tropics — from its interior design to the cocktail menu, FOB Kitchen brings a little piece of the Philippines to Temescal. FOB Kitchen started as a pop-up in the San Francisco Mission district and moved into this permanent location late last year. Chefs Brandi and Janice Dulce play with the regional diversity of the Philippines in their menu, working to include several vegetarian and vegan options as well.

When: Wednesday-Friday: 5-10pm; Saturday-Sunday: 10:30am-2:30pm
Where: 5179 Telegraph Ave. Oakland, CA 94609
BART station: MacArthur
Walk time: 16 minutes
Website: FOB Kitchen
Phone: (510) 817-4169
Photo courtesy of The Lumpia Company.

The Lumpia Company

The crispy, deep fried spring roll known as lumpia is a Filipino cuisine staple, and The Lumpia Company reimagines it in the best way possible. By creating lumpias filled with the flavors of other Filipino dishes, like chicken tinola soup, or entirely different cuisines like a bacon cheeseburger, owner Alex Retodo hopes to share his experiences as a Filipino American.

When: Tuesday-Wednesday: 11am-2pm; Thursday-Friday: 11am-2pm, 5-8pm
Where: 372 24th St., Oakland, CA 94612
BART station: 19th St/Oakland
Walk time: 9 minutes
Phone: (415) 758-0644
Photo courtesy of the Jeepney Guy.

Jeepney Guy

There’s no experience like a jeepney ride — and there’s no experience like a jeepney that brings your merienda (snack) to you. Jeepney Guy has settled into a location at 7th West, after only weekly appearances at Off the Grid, and serves some of the best lechon around.

When: Tuesday-Wednesday:11am-9pm; Thursday: 11am-10pm; Friday-Saturday: 11am-12am; Sunday: 11am-9pm
Where: 1255 7th St., Oakland, CA 94607
BART station: West Oakland
Walk time: 6 minutes
Website: Jeepney Guy
Phone: (925) 998-2389
Photo courtesy of yelp!

Cafe Gabriela

This Downtown Oakland cafe features an array of local delights, including their beloved pulled-pork adobo sandwich that puts a tasty spin on a traditional Filipino dish. Cafe Gabriela also has a full coffee bar and delicious cookies to complete your meal. 

When: Monday-Friday, 7am-5pm
Where: 988 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94607
BART station: 12th St/Oakland City Center 
Walk time: 6 minutes
Phone: (510) 763-2233

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