Filipino Food Cravings: Filipino Restaurant near Austin, Texas

In February 2009, it's my first month in Austin Area. I thought that it would be so easy for me to adjust on American Food because I am eating pizza, hamburger and French fries. But sad to say, there is something in Filipino way to fulfill the taste we wanted in every dishes even to American food like pizza, hamburger, fried chicken, barbeque and etc., and one thing I notice here in America mostly meat and fish were bonesless.

As days past, I've been asking myself why i don't have appetite in every meal that i had. I bought some vegetables on the grocery store but sometimes you can't get the ingredients that you really want for your planned recipe. And you are just cooking for what are available. But still, the taste would never be the same especially that there are spices and seasonings are not in store. It's weird feeling that I even craved for the simple steamed okra cooked on top of the steamed rice and dip in vinegar and soy sauce, the (camote tops) yam leaves salad with tomatoes, onions, soy sauce and vinegar, the coconut milk with the banana heart, or papaya pickles with pineapple, fish with bone grilled or fried, or the simple dried fish with mungbean. Those simple food that we Filipinos just want on our table for main menu, appetizer and sidings.

But of course those were just few days of frustrations about my cravings, because there are Filipino restaurant that we visited to atleast for few hours we Filipinos and Filipinos by heart can stay to eat Filipino food that we missed and craved for.

Cassava Cake
Cassava Cake
Fruit with coco milk stew (Ginataan)
Fruit with coco milk stew (Ginataan)
banana Roll (turon saba)
banana Roll (turon saba)
Fresh Lumpia
Fresh Lumpia
mouthwatering Filipino breakfast favorites
mouthwatering Filipino breakfast favorites

Here are some restaurant / store / bakery that became the meeting place of every Filipinos here in Austin. Each of them have their own specialty, mostly offers the Filipino favorites like delicacies, fruits fresh or canned, cooking ingredients, drinks, frozen cured foods, cooked dishes, even the availability of Filipino TV Network and some have free sing-along karaoke.

Filipino Restaurant Location

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A markerOriental Grocery & Bakery -
707 E Braker Ln, Austin, TX 78753, USA
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Specialty is Beef Caldereta, Siopao, Tinolang Manok and Lumpia shanghai.You can call and ask for their menu for the day with the numbers 512-833-9420.

B markerMang Dedoy's -
8863 Anderson Mill Rd, Austin, TX 78729, USA
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Delicious Food and Halo-halo, nice cool place with big TV, big selection of groceries. Contact the store with nos. 512-249-0283.

C markerGammad Oriental Store and Restaurant -
2309 W. Parmer, Austin, TX 78727, USA
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Great Beef afritada, Dinuguan, Lumpia and more. TFC is available & nice place for dining & frozen foods & groceries. Tel. #512-973-8745.

D markerCebuana Store, 2400 E Oltorf St Austin, TX 78741 -
2400 E Oltorf St, Austin, TX 78741, USA
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Tel. # (512) 443-2062. A store, cafe & restaurant, they also cater on some special occasions.

Facade of the Store

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Mang Dedoy's Filipino Store & RestaurantGamad Oriental Store & Gift Shop Cebuana Filipino Store and Restaurant
Mang Dedoy's Filipino Store & Restaurant
Mang Dedoy's Filipino Store & Restaurant
Gamad Oriental Store & Gift Shop
Gamad Oriental Store & Gift Shop
Cebuana Filipino Store and Restaurant
Cebuana Filipino Store and Restaurant

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bayoulady 6 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA

What a great reference when Filipinos miss their native foods, or want to introduce their friends to the cuisine!

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talfonso 6 years ago from Tampa Bay, FL

Wow - I would stop by and get myself some Filipino eats at any of those restaurants. My favorite food of the cuisine is turon saba!

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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida

I am fortunate to have a friend who is the best Filipina cook ever. She cooks food I am not always familiar with but can't stop wanting more of. Must be the spices and unique flavorings she uses. So I can understand your food cravings.

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minesgm 6 years ago from Texas Author

@bayoulady, i agree with that idea, some Americans who are adventurous with their taste wanted to try other dishes. Thanks.

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minesgm 6 years ago from Texas Author

@talfonso, turon saba is every Filipino's favorite snack, but in America we can cook roll plantain better than missing the banana turon so much.

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minesgm 6 years ago from Texas Author

@drbj, that's good to hear you have Pinoy taste. Thanks a lot that you can relate. You must be a lucky guy to have your friend who's a good Filipino cook.

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Ipeoney 6 years ago from USA

Oh my it looks deliciouso. Nice pictures I like that ginataan if i'm not mistaken, and the lumpia. yum!

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minesgm 6 years ago from Texas Author

you're right it's ginataan and fresh lumpia, they were my favorites too. Mimi

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denden mangubat 6 years ago from liloan, cebu, philippines

nice food article,nice pics

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minesgm 6 years ago from Texas Author

Hi den, thanks for the nice comment.

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tattuwurn 3 years ago

Good thing there are Filipino restaurants that will satisfy your cravings and longings for home-cooked Pinoy food there in Texas... do they have calamansi there for their pancit or instead have a lemon or lime as a replacement?

Very good and interesting hub. I enjoyed reading it. Voted up. :)

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