There is regular breakfast, and then there is Filipino breakfast. Uncle Mike’s Place makes the choice easy by serving both! The restaurant was a quick walk from where we were staying in the Ukrainian Village, so before we began our adventures on Sunday morning, we decided to walk over and check it out.
A quick glance at the menu for the Filipino breakfast, and I knew which menu I would be ordering from. Of course, I had to look up a few of the words to figure out what was on the menu!
After we placed our order for our Filipino breakfasts, they brought around fresh lugao, which is Filipino congee [aka rice porridge], and a piece of chicken on the house! It was a nice surprise. I really liked the lugao because it was light and full of chicken flavors. The chicken was a little on the dry side, but hey, it came with the meal, so who’s complaining?
Each breakfast combination comes on a large plate with garlic rice, eggs your way, pickley tomatoes, and a semi-sweet chocolate rice pudding that I’d never tried before. I looked it up online, and it was Champorado.
Ryan ordered the Pork Chop plate.
I ordered the Tocino [cured pork shoulder] and Longanisa [sweet sausage] plate.
Needless to say, it was a LOT of food. We love sharing our dishes, so the plates were passed across the table several times. Since we were on the road, it was exactly what we needed to get our day exploring Chicago started right – hearty meals!
And as if taking photos of all the food were not enough, I caught one of the ceiling as well because I thought it was pretty neat looking too. The need to document everything = TOO MUCH!
Have you tried Filipino breakfast before? What did you think? And if you haven’t, would you?