Pecking Order | Uptown | Filipino | Restaurant
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Kristine Subido's Filipino chicken shack, offering grilled, fried, or roasted marinated birds; sandwiches, salads, and sides; and a couple of specialty punches and desserts, among them halo-halo.

Our Review

Pecking Order, ex-Wave chef and Spiaggia vet Kristine Subido's back-to-her-roots Filipino chicken joint, seemed destined to liven up this sleep stretch of Clark north of Montrose. There are many iconic Filipino items, for instance, house-made sauces like a banana ketchup in the mode of Jufran or a sweet pickle assortment—mom's recipe—which is a version of the sweet papaya, carrot, and ginger kraut known as atchara. The shaved ice and fruit dessert halo halo is prominently touted at the bottom of the card. The main deal, however, is chicken—wings by the pound, and whole and half birds, grilled, roasted, or fried, each marinated overnight in a tamari, sugar, garlic, and bay leaf mixture said to be an ancestral family recipe. I don't get much of this marinade from either the roasted or the fried chicken, though I do like the crackly sea-salt-dusted exterior of the latter. On the other hand, its darker color makes it look like it spent too much time in the oil, and maybe it did. The chickens can be had with an assortment of sides—grilled elote, fried plantains, garlic fried rice, and a poutine-style smashed red potato conglomerate topped with aged Gouda. This is drenched in a chicken gravy that also dresses perhaps the plainest and most satisfying thing on the menu: a bowl of al dente white rice. In this simple bowl of pure home-style comfort food, you completely understand Subido's intentions with this place. But it's easy to overidealize childhood. There's a slaw that's nothing more than raw chunks of cabbage drizzled with sriracha, and a take on Scotch eggs that aren't treated any more delicately than the chicken—halved hard-cooked eggs entombed in longaniza sausage and deep-fried to death. Other poultry-based novelties include chicken-adobo-stuffed arancini, soup with house-made egg noodles, and a grilled chicken sandwich with paté, pickles, and fried egg on pandesal bread, plus a small collection of wines and beer, a couple of alcoholic punches, and a few mimosas. Read more >>

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