The first stop needs to fill you up, so look no further than all-day breakfast joint Early Bird. The tocino and garlic rice combo is standard morning fare amongst hungry Filipinos, but here, it is turned on its head to create something that is also very Japanese. Subtly glazed pork is introduced to a crunchy katsu-like batter, for a cultural hybrid that seems almost genius. Why hasn’t anyone ever deep-fried tocino before?
Nori Fried Chicken and Matcha Waffle at Kettle
Waffles are pretty synonymous with breakfast, and the golden, crispy sort are perfect vehicles for both the sweet and savory. Before you completely commit to dessert, find a dish that introduces you to sweetness—Kettle’s version of fried chicken and waffles. Theirs uses crunchy boneless Japanese fried chicken, popularly known as karaage. The juicy nuggets sit on top of a waffle that has matcha laced in both its batter and the mound of softened butter accompanying it.
Fireside Homemade Doughnuts at Fireside by Kettle
If you’re one to pick sweet treats for breakfast, then the dallas filipino restaurant portion of this crawl ends with Fireside by Kettle’s addicting homemade doughnuts. These hefty things are bigger than the size of your fist, and are both soft and appropriately doughy at the same time. The fried rings come with your choice of either strawberry, caramel, or chocolate sauce, but we prefer a fruity tang to cut through the doughnut.