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Dollar Hits

FilipinoBBQ

Woodside

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Dollar Hits is a Filipino street food shop that became popular enough in LA to be featured in an episode of Netflix’s series Street Food: USA. They’ve since opened a location in Queens, among the many thriving Filipino businesses in Woodside. During the day, you can serve yourself a complete lunch of staples like pancit and lechon at the counter, but you should really come after 4pm when they replace the chaffers with endless aluminum pans of BBQ skewers.

The skewers—which range from tempura eggs and chicken feet to pork skin and chicken butt—are $1.50 each, and if you can resist trying every one, you can get a whole meal’s worth of meat for under $15. Some of our favorites are the the fish tofu, crispy kikiam with a shameless amount of shrimp meat, and fiery red pork intestines full of melty fat. Pile your selections into an aluminum tray, then hand everything over to the kitchen so they can give your skewers a nice char on the grill.

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Full disclosure: In LA, part of the fun of Dollar Hits is that you take the skewers outside to a small grill to reheat yourself, but after having some crowd control issues doing the same at this location, they took the operation inside. This place is already pretty fun (especially since it’s open until 11pm), but if they bring the grill option back, it’ll be an especially good time.

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Longanisa

Fatty, salty, and slightly sweet, this is our favorite of the skewers. Once you pierce the crispy charred skin, you'll be delighted by the amount of juice that pops out.

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Pork Intestines / Pork Isaw

We can confidently say this skewer has no flaws. You get three pieces of rolled up buttery fat.

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Chicken Butt / Pwet ng Manok

These fragrant chunks of meat are chewy in the good way and taste a bit like liver. They're especially good with the two dipping sauces available on the side.

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Chicken BBQ

Both the BBQ chicken and pork are straightforward, well-seasoned charred sticks of BBQ. No complaints.

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Kwek Kwek

Each of these skewers comes with two tempura quail eggs. Covered in a slightly sweet batter, they're super cute and taste like mini egg corndogs.

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Pork Blood / Betamax

The pork blood is like a smoky BBQ meatloaf that tastes even better dipped in their vinegar-based sauce and the other sweet and spicy sauce.

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Hot Dog

Filipino hot dogs are generally this red because of food coloring, and the color differentiates them from other, less flavorful hot dogs. Don't skip these for seemingly more interesting portions of meat. The hot dog is one of the best skewers.

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Lumpia

These lumpia arrive in a pile of grease after being reheated, but they still taste good, and you'll still eat all of them.

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Vegetable Ukoy

Think of this deep-fried fritter as the side of potatoes that goes with your meat, except it has some vegetables mixed in to give it some extra sweet flavors.

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Fish Ball

The fish balls are pretty standard, and there are other skewers we'd chose first. But this is a perfectly fine choice if you're in the mood for it.

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Turon

End your meal with one (or more) of Dollar Hits' sweet selections, such as this sweet and sticky banana spring roll.

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