Thirteen Asian Tapas + Bar

Old Irving Park

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Small plates highlight a culinary heritage of Asian and Spanish influences in a brick-accented dining room.

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Promotional value expires Nov 28, 2012. Amount paid never expires. Limit 2 per person, may buy 1 additional as a gift. Limit 1 per table. Dine-in only. Must purchase a food item. Not valid for prix-fixe specials. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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$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.

Customer Reviews

The service was excellent and the food was great.
Erica P. · July 5, 2012
Everything was delicious and tasted so fresh. I can't wait to try everything else :-)
Erika V. · June 19, 2012
Friendly staff and owner! Good food.
Jessel S. · October 15, 2012

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