Infusing a nation's culinary traditions with flavors from other countries can add interest to a meal, especially when your ancient ancestors insist on having lasagna again. Change up a flavorful heritage with this Groupon.
$15 for $30 Worth of Small Plates
Tapas include chayote fruit sautéed in onions and tomatoes ($5.25), chitcharon manok, which is a deep-fried chicken skin wrapped in lettuce and served with fish sauce ($6.25), and pancit, a traditional rice-noodle dish tossed with meat and vegetables ($10.50). See the full menu here.
Thirteen Asian Tapas + Bar
The number 13 has gotten a bad rap through the years, but the Pineda clan is attempting to turn that around. Thirteen members of the Pineda family run Thirteen Asian Tapas + Bar, with four crafting meals in the kitchen while Gary Pineda leads the pack as general manager. All of their recipes are sourced from Filipino culinary traditions, themselves a fusion of Asian and Latin influences, as evidenced by dishes such as soy-sauce-infused adobo chicken and the roasted and fried lechon, or pork, topped with achara, a traditional pickled papaya garnish.
The kitchen calls on overseas recipes in selections such as pancit, a traditional Filipino birthday dish comprised of thin rice noodles sautéed with cabbage, carrots, and meat that diners unwrap to reveal a miniature band of singing party guests. On some nights, live jazz fills the intimate dining room, where purple walls and exposed brick surround a bar that begets nine specialty martinis that mirror the cuisine's manifold influences with flavors of ginger, mint, tequila, and imported Philippine gin.
Old Irving Park
4202 W Irving Park Rd.
Chicago, Illinois 60641