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Published May 8th 2012
Many folks wishing to sate their appetite for Filipino food know that Jersey City, New Jersey offers a variety of restaurants. With many Philippine expats residing and working in Jersey City, the area boasts dining venues, including mom-and-pop branches offering authentic cuisine.
Restaurants along Newark Avenue vary not only in menu offerings and pricing, but also in ambience. Thankfully, many eateries are friendly to the purse strings, enabling the uninitiated to sample delicious fare, without breaking the bank.
An open floor plan and warm splashes of earth tones on walls, and the wooden tables add to the homey feel.
Casa Manila at 665 Newark Avenue offers a casual modern dining area.
Patrons order their desired food items by employing the "turo-turo" method, which literally translates to "point-point". Simply point to the entrees you'd like to eat, and a staff member will set them on foam plates or bowls, atop a tray—ready for you to carry to your table. Check out their combination specials to sample more dishes.
Order your food items via the turo-turo or point-point style.
Known for its traditional brunch combination plates of marinated beef or pork, fried eggs, white rice, plus other menu items via the "turo-turo" method of ordering, the Philippine Bread House is a local favorite. Should you arrive later in the day, don't worry, they also serve lunch and dinner.
Enjoy a traditional Filipino brunch at the Philippine Bread House at 530 Newark Avenue.
Browse the shelves laden with bottles of sweetened garbanzo beans, jackfruit, coconut strings, sugar palm fruit and cans of evaporated milk—ingredients for that popular dessert, "halo-halo". Grab a variety to re-create it at your leisure—you'll just need some shaved ice when you get home.
Pick up a couple of bottles of sweetened garbanzos, coconut strings and other ingredients for halo-halo.