Eating international fare locally eliminates the woes associated with transatlantic travel, such as jet lag and oar splinters. Stamp your palate’s passport with today’s Groupon: for $12, you get $25 worth of authentic Filipino cuisine and nonalcoholic drinks at Shepherd's Asian Bistro & Grill.
Shepherd's Asian Bistro & Grill evolved from an Asian market into a hotspot for authentic Filipino fare in May. Like a malfunctioning hula-hoop, the lunch and dinner menu rotates daily, and diners can pair the combo plates' two scoops of rice with a single ($6.99), double ($7.99), or triple ($8.99) offering from the day's nine choices. Mondays tantalize maws with saucy pork adobo, and pork combined with pimento and peas and authentic kare kare stew help guests launch into the weekend on Fridays. The breakfast menu, which was favorably reviewed by the Anchorage Daily News, showcases hearty eats such as bacsilog with bacon, egg, and garlic fried rice ($8.99/meal; $7.65 à la carte) or breakfast sandwiches, such as the pan de melt loaded with house-made tuna and cheese ($4.95). The Hawaiian-inspired Hula Girl plate accrues enough edible real estate to become the nation's 51st state, filling plate space with portuguese sausage, eggs, rice, and two pieces of spam ($10.50).
Shepherd's Asian Bistro & Grill's deep orange walls, ambient lighting, and doo-wopping dark-wood chairs create a theatrical backdrop for live music each weekend, and Filipino screen star Aga Muhlach has even been spotted digging into the restaurant's eats and preparing for his upcoming role as a man that enjoys dining out.