Replying to this old post. However for people who'd like to know, Rio's is no longer around. Too bad. I thought they were good. They made good sinigang. They were non turo turo. Inay's at Uajimaya is also no longer there. They're in Beacon Hill now but not at a new location -- it's further north on Beacon Avenue. Inay passed away and his son, Ernie, is running the show. Food is always good but portions tend to be small. Which brings up a beef about most Filipino restaurants. What the heck -- the prices are not cheap but the portions are meager. I feel like asking them -- is this the way you would feed your own family? Come on ... Filipino ingredients aren't expensive. Anyway, I love their palabok, dinuguan and halo halo (which comes in a bowl - not in soda fountain glasses). By the way I heard that on weekends they're not turo turo. Manila's Pride in Federal Way is very good but they really need to get rid of the steam tables. The food gets old sitting there for awhile. I like their halo halo and leche flan. I've eaten at Manila Center Diner in Tacoma. They don't have steam tables (not turo turo) but have food made to order. It's also good but I think that Filipina lady who was the owner that lived in Germany and made good cakes and pastries no longer runs it. It didn't seem the same as when she used to run it. It's good nevertheless. We really need to have good Filipino non turo turo restaurants in Seattle. I miss Barrio Fiesta in L.A. where you have white tablecloths, waitstaff dressed in barongs, and the food was good. I'm also not embarrassed to take Caucasians there. But hey it doesn't have to be like Barrio Fiesta but just get tired of food in steam trays. By the way, I heard of a Filipino restaurant in S. San Francisco called Intramuros. Heard about it while I was trolling the Journey band's website. Sounds classier than most Filipino restaurants I've been to. Will have to try when we go to the Bay area.
----- Manila Center Diner 1607 Center St, Tacoma, WA 98409
Regarding ordering lechon in the Seattle area, try Fou Lee in Beacon Hill. They're pretty good. They don't deliver -- you have to pick it up. They also ask you whether you want your lechon chopped up or not and they charge an extra $10 if you want it chopped. Make sure you buy bottles of lechon sauce to go with it because I don't think they provide the sauce.