Tina's Filipino Cuisine
With a quaint location in a southwest valley strip mall, Tina's has charm to spare, feeling almost like a cross between a bistro, street market, and convenience store, with a counter serving hot food. Most of it is made to order, so sit down and stay awhile in the dining room. Mismatched wooden tables, heavy curtains, bamboo decor, and green walls complement the faux foliage that greets customers by the front door. Retail shelves display a variety of imported items, including the same tangy Mang Thomas sauce served with the lechon kawali (pan-seared pork belly cut into cubes). Overall, the menu covers all the basics without being overwhelming. Newcomers can get their feet wet with the weekday lunch special Monday-Friday 10 am–4 pm, with two items and rice for $9.99. Finish things off with Tina's signature ube sundae.
How to order: Walk in and order from the counter—or grab a seat and wait for service. Save time by ordering in advance online.