Purple Patch, web site, 3155 Mt. Pleasant Street NW, Washington, DC, 202-299-0022, weekend brunch but no lunch. (Metro Trip Planner – opens in new window) [WaPo | TripAdvisor | City Paper | Ylp | Don Rockwell]
A consistently interesting Filipino plus American restaurant, and in a cool Mt. Pleasant setting at that, with a bar downstairs. More trendy than a mom and pop, but not obnoxious about it. I liked the chicken adobo, the shrimp in coconut milk with greens (Ginataang shrimp with kale), the Escabeche fried red snapper, and the Pinakbet, which is lots of squash and vegetables with two big shrimp. The pork belly with egg on it was good too. The lumpia are only so-so, too dry and fried.
The caveat emptor here is that many people never quite warm to Filipino food the way they do say with Thai food. Still, other than the fantastic Filipino extravaganza at Restaurant Eve, which is quite expensive, this may be the best Filipino food around. For most of you it is definitely worth a trip.