Thirteen Asian Tapas Plus BarIrving Park | Website
The interior of this Avondale Filipino small plates spot is sleek and mellow, with candlelight throughout, exposed brick walls, a roaring fireplace and a massive projector screen playing sports or other shows. Five DJs spin on Sundays from 2 p.m. to close; the eatery offers specials, karaoke and other events during the week. The menu includes favorites like beef morcon, thinly sliced skirt steak filled with mozzarella cheese, carrots, Chinese sausage and eggs, pan-fried in a red sauce with sticky rice. Another popular option is the battered chicken wings in a sweet, tangy Asian sauce with brown sugar, orange juice and chili oil. Pitchers of sangria pair nicely with house-made desserts such as caramelized bananas, cassava cakes and halo-halo -- a mixture of shaved ice, milk and sweet beans or fruits.