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In the news: New Filipino restaurant opens on Buford Highway, Atlanta gets a banh mi nod

Fil-Am Star Cafe and Bakery

I checked out the newly open Fil-Am (short for Filipino-American) Star Cafe and Bakery on Buford Highway – a small restaurant located in Asian Square. Filipino restaurants are few and far between in metro Atlanta so it’s nice to see a new kid on the block.

And since they just opened, I’m going to refrain from giving an opinion until a later date. With that said, my experience was a bit chaotic (as expected) and I’m speculating that yours could be too if you go there anytime soon.

Here is a description of the dishes that appear in the slideshow above (in the order they appear):

Sinigang – A hearty and sour tamarind flavored soup.

Pancit palabok – Bihon (rice noodles) with a thick shrimp sauce and topped with crushed pork cracklings, diced scallions and slices of hard-boiled egg.

Adobo Pork – Slow cooked pork. A popular Filipino dish that has many different variations depending on the family or restaurant. It can also be made with chicken, beef or seafood.

Kalderata – Beef chunks cooked in a “spicy” tomato sauce with bell peppers, cassava and peas. This dish is influenced by the Spanish settlement in the Philippines. My dining companion stated that this generally has ground liver added for enriched flavor.

Lumpia – Filipino eggrolls stuffed with a pork/shrimp sausage

10 a.m.-10 p.m. Mondays-Sundays, 5150 Buford Highway NE, Suite A-170, Doraville, 678-381-1524. $.

In other news:

Banh mi

Banh mi

The New York Times Magazine food blog ran a story about “banh mi in America.” Two Atlanta restaurants – Quoc Huong and Lee’s Bakery made the cut.

Shortly thereafter, cookbook author Andrea Nguyen posted some interesting thoughts about the story on her blog. Congratulations to Quoc Huong and Lee’s!

4 comments Add your comment

Todd G

February 10th, 2011
10:21 am

Lees Bakery! Congrats and well deserved.

Kar

February 10th, 2011
12:05 pm

Not a fan of cilantro or the pepper slices but I love the pickled carrots/daikon salad that they put on the banhs. Love the crunch and salty sweetness.

The Big Maru

February 10th, 2011
11:25 pm

Lumpia, yummm, my favorite food growing up. IMHO, the best of all the various types of fried spring rolls (at least the way I had it in the PI), but I haven’t seen a real good version in a long time. Let’s hope….

Fil-Am Star Cafe & Bakery

February 11th, 2011
2:10 pm

[...] Menu here. Gene Lee of the AJC has a great description of the dishes as well as pictures here. [...]