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7.6

Subo Filipino Kitchen

Perfect For:LunchQuick Eats

$$$$

4712 N Kimball Ave, Chicago
Earn 3X Points

Albany Park’s Subo is a scaled-down version of Three R’s Filipino Cafe and Grocery, which closed in 2018 after 36 years in business. Though much smaller than its original iteration (which felt like a school cafeteria) there’s still a handful of seats perfect for a solo lunch or casual meal with a couple friends. And its menu still maintains many of the dishes that regulars have been enjoying long before the existence of the Motorola Sidekick. 

You can find breakfast bowls with potent garlic rice, egg, and longanisa, saucy chicken adobo, and even “chocolate meat”, aka dinuguan. This comforting pork blood stew is cooked with vinegar and different pork cuts, and gets its nickname from its rich dark color that's reminiscent of melted Hershey’s bars. But though the food here is good, the best part about Subo is that they’ll let you sample anything before ordering. Like Jeni’s, you can try any dish before committing, except instead of chocolate ice cream, you can try a small dish of “chocolate meat.”

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