The Fattened Caf is launching regular hours at Earthbound Beer on Cherokee Street in October
The Fattened Caf is bringing a more permanent food menu to Earthbound Beer at 2724 Cherokee St. The Filipino barbecue from husband-and-wife team Darren Young and Charlene Lopez-Young developed a following at Tower Grove Farmers’ Market and has recently been available at regular pop-ups at Earthbound. Lopez-Young said that they’re excited to make their offerings at Earthbound more permanent – the brewery is community-oriented, which makes it the perfect partner for The Fattened Caf.
“We want people to be in community with each other; to try out family meals – try Filipino food the way they eat it at home,” she said. “When you go out in the Philippines, a lot of dishes are family-style.”
Kicking off Oct. 6, The Fattened Caf’s regular hours at Earthbound will be 5:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, with additional plated dishes as well as a brunch service from 12:30 to 3 p.m. offered on Saturday.
Crowd favorites from The Fattened Caf’s pop-ups will be offered on what Lopez-Young called the pulutan menu, “which essentially just means foods that you eat while you’re drinking,” she said, “fatty, salty, light appetizer-type dishes good enough that you can just order a side of rice and have a complete meal.”
The menu is designed to pair with Earthbound’s beer and features larger options for sharing and regular specials. Offerings will include chicken inasal (grilled wings flavored with lemongrass and ginger, served with a dipping sauce of vinegar, soy sauce and annatto oil), longganisa dogs (Filipino sausage topped with pickled papaya, banana ketchup and a fried egg), pumuputok na manok (“exploding” chopped Filipino barbecue chicken), sisig nachos and tacos (chopped pork topped with red and white onions, serranos and chicharrones), as well as vegetarian options including a grilled eggplant omelet topped with salted duck egg. Desserts will include ube pie and the very popular ube gooey butter cake, while brunch will feature pham sliders (house-made Filipino Spam), pork steak tocino (Filipino-style bacon), silog (fried garlic rice, eggs and a choice of meat), as well as plenty of egg dishes.
“We want people to get really excited that this is what Filipino food can look like,” Lopez-Young said. “It doesn’t have to look like how your grandparents made it.”
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