CCM Cuisine Tour :: Filipino Restaurants to Check Out in Collin County

Whenever I hear a Filipino accent or Tagalog being spoken when I’m out and about in DFW, my ears inevitably perk up and it instantly feels like home. I’m Filipino-American and I grew up in the San Francisco Bay area, where Filipino cuisine, culture, and traditions are a part of the fabric of the community. Freshly baked pan de sal, sweet Turon, and crispy lumpia are available on a whim.Filipino Flag

When I moved to North Texas over 10 years ago, I quickly realized I wasn’t in the Bay Area anymore. Filipino cuisine was not anywhere near as prevalent as it is in California, at least not in the Dallas area.

October is Filipino American History Month and one small way you can celebrate is by trying Filipino food if you’ve never had it before. I’m thrilled to know that there are multiple Filipino restaurants in Plano as well as others beyond Collin County.

Filipino Restaurants in Collin County

Mauro’s Grill and Café 

2719 W 15th St, Plano, TX 75075
(972) 599-0899

Kainan Sa Laguna

909 Spring Creek Pkwy #450, Plano, TX 75023
(469) 931-2667

Luvie’s

280 Legacy Dr #300, Plano, TX 75023
(972) 468-2888

Jollibee

Jollibee Filipino Fast Food, Plano, TX

Jollibee is a Filipino fast-food restaurant that just opened in Plano earlier this year. You should have seen the lines in the early weeks! Jollibee has a special nostalgia for me. 

1016 Preston Rd, Plano, TX 75093
(469) 333-2520

My Favorite Filipino Dishes to Order

Lumpia

Please don’t get this confused with an American eggroll! Lumpia is a Filipino spring roll made of meat and vegetables wrapped in a lumpia wrapper and fried. They are usually long and skinny and crispy, while eggrolls are bigger and have a thicker wrapper.

Tocino and Longaniza

Sweet (sometimes spicy) cured meat and sausage, respectively, often served for breakfast with eggs and rice—my favorite Filipino breakfast!

Pan de Sal

There’s just something special about Pan de sal. It’s not just a bread “roll”. Pan de sal are small buns with a crusty exterior and fluffy inside, often eaten at breakfast. You have to try some to understand.

Sinigang

Typically a seafood stew (sometimes pork or beef) made with tamarind and tomatoes.

Adobo

Probably the most well-known Filipino dish: it’s chicken or pork cooked with vinegar, pepper, garlic, and soy sauce, and served with rice. It was a staple in my home growing up.

Turon

A type of sweet spring roll made of fried banana and jackfruit sealed in a lumpia wrapper, then deep-fried.

Leche flan

This is a delicious egg- and milk-based custard, definitely denser and richer than a Spanish flan you may find elsewhere.

Filipino Restaurants in Dallas & Beyond

Kabayan Filipino Store & Cafe

Kabayan Filipino made the list of 25 Best Filipino Restaurants in the United States!

2305 S State Hwy 121 #165, Lewisville, TX 75067
(972) 798-3030

Marie’s Kitchen

11910 Greenville Ave Suite 103, Dallas, TX 75243
(972) 234-8383

Have you tried Filipino food before? Have any favorite Filipino restauraunts that we should know about?

 

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Catie is originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, went to college in San Diego, and moved to North Texas after getting married in 2009. They have lived in Collin County since 2017 and welcomed their son to the world in 2018. She likes to call herself a "naptime entrepreneur" working during her toddler's naps as a personal branding photographer - creating visual content and branded images for creative entrepreneurs and small business owners. In her limited spare time, you'll find her reading a mix of fiction, parenting, and business books, daydreaming about traveling to Europe, giving some attention to their dachshund named Kevin, and watching classics on Disney+ with her husband.

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