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The Press Box: Inay's Asian Pacific Cuisine
The Stranger describes Inay's Asian Pacific Cuisine as “one of the city's most magical outposts of awesomeness,” and the restaurant earns that title in more ways then one. Every day and night of the week, owner Ernesto “Ernie” Rios and an always smiling front-of-house staff greets customers as cooks craft dishes using recipes from Ernie’s beloved—and sorely missed—mother. And on Friday nights, visitors find server David Schmader performing a one-person drag show as alter ego Atasha Manila. Read on for more on Beacon Hill’s slice of the Philippines.
“This is a meat-lover's place: chicken, beef and pork are amply represented…What to write home about: the pork, perfectly cubed and so juicy and tender that it rendered knives irrelevant.” — Seattle Times
“The lighting's bright, the staff is smiley, and the Filipino food is very cheap, very tasty, and very home-style. (It's like mama used to make, literally: The recipes come from the owner's dear departed mother, and inay means “mother” in Tagalog.)” — The Stranger
“Seattle has a huge number of Filipino expats, among them such great home cooks they don’t tend to open restaurants. Thank goodness then that Inay’s son Ernie bucked the trend…” — Seattle Met