quartet of Filipino staff buzzes around a tight kitchen one early morning in mid-September, waiting for the day’s culinary symphony to begin. Sonia Sutter stands behind the cash register and takes phone orders. The owner of Filipinas Oriental Foods in Warren always wanted to control her destiny by being her own boss.
Sutter left her metropolitan hometown of Manila more than 20 years ago and opened the hybrid restaurant and grocery store in 2010. Along with her dad, mom, and brother, she feeds fellow Filipinos who mirror her immigration story and long for the comforting taste of the islands. Even the shop’s decor — a painting of Taal Volcano hangs on a lemon-hued wall, two tropical plants stand in the dining room — awakens memories of the archipelago.
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Source: Where to Find Filipino Food in Metro Detroit – Eater Detroit