7 Best Filipino Restaurants in Chicago

As we get closer to the dark, dismal days of winter in Chicago, you might be looking to veer away from the standard pizza or Chinese take-out that seems to make its way into your home once (or three times) a week. If you’re into bold flavor combinations with a mix of ingredients in each bite, we have created a list of the best Filipino restaurants in Chicago.

ISLA FILIPINO 

Located in Chicago’s trendy food hall, Urban Space, Isla is conveniently located in the heart of the Loop. With a smaller menu, they’ve perfected the classics. If you are looking for delicious Filipino food in Chicago to satisfy your cravings at the end of a long day, pick up some Chicken Adobo and Lumpia. The food on the menu at this restaurant will take your mind off the stress of your day and onto the flavors of garlic, soy sauce, and scallions. Your stomach, taste buds, and sanity will thank you. 

Not into leaving home during the winter vortex? Isla is conveniently available on GrubHub! 

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KUBO CHICAGO 

Kubo Chicago has a menu full of the Filipino classics- Pork Ribs Adobo, Pancit, and Kansi Soup to name a few. Restaurant goers can’t stop talking about the good food, great service, and incredible patio seating that is perfect for a night out you won’t stop talking about for a while. Bonus? During non-Covid times, they offer Kamayan dining aka eating with your hands. Do a service to your inner child and spoil yourself with delicious food, sans-silverware. 

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CEBU CHICAGO

We know Wicker Park is a hot spot for good eats, so I had to mention Cebu. Started by three siblings from Cebu, Phillipines, you’re sure to find authentic and delicious dishes. If you are searching for popular Filipino restaurants in Chicago, the menu at this destination features shareable plates, classic dishes, and craft cocktails. But don’t forget about their brunch and happy hour! Bottomless mimosas and a Longganisa breakfast burger? I’m there.  

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PIG & FIRE 

Event? Work lunch? Family coming over for dinner and you want to “WOW” them with something different? Pig & fire is the place to go. Garfield Park is home to this Filipino-fusion spot that perfectly combines traditional food with contemporary flavors. Specializing in catering, their menu is sure to satisfy and leave you wanting more. Along with the classic entrees, people can’t stop raving about the Ube Chocolate Chip Cookies (available by the dozen). Asking for a friend, can I order 20?

KASAMA 

Named by Esquire as one of the Best New Restaurants of 2021, a trip to Kasama can’t miss. Whether you’re looking for a traditional Filipino breakfast or a dinner with unique ingredients, this is your sign. Their sample menu is subject to change, so you’ll always have something new to try. Available for take-out and delivery, Kasama is perfect for a relaxing date night, movie night, or night alone with a bottle of Filipino rum by your side. 

Sarrap Filipino Cuisine and BYOB

I’ll admit, this is a little bit west of the city, let me explain. Quick, delicious food? Check. BYOB? Yup. Perfected menu with a helpful staff? You got it. Well, Sarrap’s got it. Whether you’re looking for a quick meal that isn’t the classic fast-food restaurant on every corner (I’m not naming names), or a place to unwind with a drink and a delicious meal, this is the spot. Now if you need me, I’ll be eating pork Kare-Kare with a bottle, or box, of Pinot Noir. 

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SUBO FILIPINO KITCHEN

Located north-west of Wrigley, Subo gained their popularity from huge portions and delicious dishes.  Patrons often compare Subo to home-cooking and can’t get enough of the expansive menu with options to curb any appetite. If you are looking for fresh Filipino food in Chicago, the menu at this establishment is filled with spectacular options such as the Pancit Noodle Bowl, BBQ Skewers, and Salmon soup. I recommend getting all three and thanking yourself later.  

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