8 desserts you can’t miss in D.C.

Ube is the star of this dessert concocted by Purple Patch owner Patrice Cleary. Combining her Filipino and Irish backgrounds, the treat features a springy bread pudding baked with granola and ube (pronounced “oo-beh”), a starchy tuber also known as a purple yam. The vibrantly colored ingredient has a mild and sweet nuttiness, similar to a pistachio’s, but with a creaminess. A drizzle of rich caramel builds on the pudding’s delightful gooeyness, and a cool scoop of bright ube ice cream caps it all off.

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This Philippine pork dish packs heat – and tartness – into the skillet

“”Sisig’ means to snack on something sour,” explains Patrice Cleary, owner and chef of Washington’s Purple Patch restaurant. “They should rename it ‘to snack on something flavorful.’ ” Indeed, this Filipino dish (pronounced “see-sig”) of crisped, chopped pork, onions and peppers — served in a sizzling hot skillet and often topped with an egg — is the opposite of bland.

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I love Purple Patch (in more ways than one)

The food? It’s a given that my tongue is going on a culinary paradise. My go-tos are Mama Alice’s crunchy lumpia with banana ketchup dipping sauce, what I like to call the head-turning sizzling sisig (people’s heads will literally turn), and ube ice cream with brownie.

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Filipino food sizzles in American capital

Of Asian cuisines, Filipino food may not be as revered as Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, or Korean. But for the past two years, Filipino food is gaining popularity in Washington, D.C., the capital of the United States.

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Myx TV Shines a Light on Patrice Cleary

Filipino cuisine is red hot right now, especially here in the District. Which is why Myx TV sought out Purple Patch co-founder Patrice Cleary for its nascent series, “My Motto.”

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Purple Patch is America’s Best Filipino Restaurant and Heaven For Foodies

Purple Patch and its memorable Filipino dishes have built a reputation for themselves beyond Washington D.C. With merely a year of life, Purple Patch has already been recognized as one of the top Filipino restaurants in the U.S. by different publications and was recently featured in Tom Sietsma’s Fall Dining Guide as one of the top 37 restaurants to visit in D.C. The mastermind behind what feels like a cozy piece of art is Patrice Clearly, a Filipino-American woman with a passion for Filipino food. “Failure is not an option.” she told Myx TV in her featured episode of “My Motto.”

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A Home for Filipino Food in the Capital

Patrice Cleary is the owner of Purple Patch DC, a Filipino American restaurant in the Mount Pleasant area of the nation’s capital. In its first year, Purple Patch was listed among the “Top 25 Restaurants of 2015 in D.C.” by Tom Sietsema, food critic for The Washington Post. Though the 150-seater restaurant offers both Filipino classics and American entrees, the eatery was singled out for its Asian cuisine.

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First Look: Purple Patch

The restaurant, named for ube, a purple yam that turns up on their dessert menu, is in the space formerly occupied by Tonic. Co-owner Patrice Cleary has teamed up with her husband Drew to be the first to bring Filipino food to D.C. Cleary has passed her family recipes on to chef Jason Smith, and he’s done a fine job with them, though he defers to Cleary’s mom for a popular appetizer.

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A Home For Filipino Food In The Capital

Positively Filipino

“Filipino dishes at Purple Patch are both for the adventurous and the cautious eater. The flavors range from the spicy to the salty and sweet in manageable portions that leave room for the unique Filipino ube (purple yam) desserts Cleary developed.”

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Best Places to Travel to in March

Travel + Leisure

The nation’s capital has become a hot destination for much more than politics and history. There’s now a significant dining scene that’s well worth a visit, including the prix fixe-only Rose’s Luxury and Filipino-American fare at Purple Patch…

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D.C.’s Best New Restaurants Of 2015

DCist

After hiring a new chef, the menu is better than ever, with minor tweaks to old staples like pancit bihon and the sizzling comfort of breakfast dishes like sisig (and there’s a brand new pork dish I’m told is amazing)…

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Must-Try Dinner Spots in Washington, D.C.

VacationIdea

Purple Patch serves a delicious and unique combination of classic Philippine dishes and American cuisine. Owners Patrice Cleary and her husband Drew aspire to feature a menu with comforting, relaxing, and homey dishes.

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DC’S 13 Best Openings of 2015 (So Far!)

Thrillist

What if there were two floors of awesome in Mt Pleasant beckoning you with sliders, lumpia, steak frites, and cocktails that make you feel like you’re on vacation? Enter Purple Patch, a Filipino-American restaurant in the former Tonic space that looks like a success story from Flip This House….

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Filipino food arrives

Washington Post

Patrice Cleary, co-owner of Purple Patch, uses her mother’s recipe — and labor — for the restaurant’s prized lumpia, selling hundreds of pieces a week…

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Philippine restaurant Fills Tonic space in Mount Pleasant

Washington Post

The split-level restaurant in Mount Pleasant that formerly housed Tonic is undergoing a transformation into Purple Patch. The new restaurant comes from a Tonic alum and will serve classic Philippine dishes alongside American comfort food…

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