Growing up, I was one of the pickiest kids on earth. I lived off of chicken fingers and bread with butter (probably more accurate to say butter with bread). I never tried red meat or fish until college. Don’t even get me started on vegetables – I wouldn’t touch them.
I’m not sure what clicked when I headed to school, but I slowly started branching out and trying new things. I specifically remember ordering a side of brussels sprouts at a restaurant in Austin one night and my mom looking at me and asking “Who are you and what have you done with my daughter?”. Fast forward to the present and I’ll eat just about anything.
Needless to say, one of my favorite parts of living in this city is the food. There are endless restaurants. You could eat at a new restaurant every day for 10 years and you still wouldn’t get to them all. We’re spoiled in East Village with a lot of good spots but we find ourselves going back to our favorites (Five Tacos, Momofuku, Frank and Miss Lilly’s to name a few) more often than not.
We decided to switch it up and wandered around the corner and into Jeepney. We were tempted by their “Garden now open” sign, took a quick look at the menu and popped in.
This was my first time eating Filipino food, so the waiter patiently took us through the menu, throwing in recommendations here and there. As usual, we decided to over-order and share everything. We started with Lumpiang Shanghai (translation: spring rolls) with beef, pork, carrots, water chestnuts, xiao xing, rice paper and sweet chili sauce.
Once we had licked the plates clean, our waiter talked us into dessert. Filipino pickle back shots (you know us so well!) chased with their version of pickle juice (a sweet and sour mango pineapple mixture).
If When you make a visit, Jeepney is located in the East Village on 12th and 1st at 201 1st Ave. Sit in the garden. Get everything we got. Bring us with you.