All posts by Patrice Cleary

Dish of the Week: Purple Patch’s Ube Bread Pudding with Ube Ice Cream

If you’re looking to stick to Filipino-inspired dishes, Purple Patch’s dessert menu is a treasure trove. The desserts highlight ingredients in Filipino dishes like mango, sticky rice and plantains.

I wanted to try a dish that complements the purple in the restaurant’s name, so I indulged in the ube bread pudding with ube ice cream ($9). Ube is vibrant purple-colored yam originally from the Philippines that tints any food a purple color.


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The 25 Top Filipino Restaurants in the United States

Purple Patch is Filipino owned and operated and it’s easy to tell that tradition runs deep here. You’ll find a delightful array of classic Filipino dishes, mixed in with modern American fare. For starters, definitely order the fried spicy chicken adobo wings, which they serve with a sweet papaya salad. Then, work your way through a full plate of pork adobo. They braise it in soy sauce, vinegar and garlic. It’s delicious.


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MICHELIN Guide’s Point Of View

How do you pay tribute to the classics while simultaneously bumping them up ever so much? Just ask the Purple Patch. This restaurant delivers note-perfect Filipino food with just the right amount of playfulness.


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Their music was ready to spill out. All they needed was a piano.

Walking down Mount Pleasant Street several weeks later, Lambert, who knew James and had heard about the piano, glimpsed it through the restaurant’s basement window. He dropped a note at James’s house, several blocks away.

“Call me,” it read. “I have an idea for the piano.”

Within a day, the men made their pitch to Purple Patch’s owner, Patrice Cleary: An open-piano session from 7 to 10 p.m. every Wednesday. Pianists would play what they wanted, and — this was extremely important — there would be no amplifiers, no electric instruments, and no recorded music.

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The Best Brunches in 22 of DC’s Neighborhoods

If you’re looking for something a bit different from your normal French toast and eggs benedict brunch offerings, Purple Patch should be your go-to, especially if you’ve never gotten to try Filipino cuisine before.

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