BILOXI, MS — 1300 miles away from New York City is Lumpia House, a newly-opened traditional Filipino restaurant in Biloxi, Mississippi – home to about 300 Filipinos and about 4,000 Filipinos statewide.
It’s the first ever Filipino restaurant in the Magnolia state.
“The first Filipino restaurant in Mississippi, anywhere around, the idea came from one day we were just sitting around wishing we could get lumpia somewhere and it’s time-consuming to make and we wanted to make it available for everybody,” says owner Alicia Baldwin.
Southern Mississippi born and raised co-owner Alicia Baldwin says she fell in love with Filipino food, even before falling in love with her Filipino-American boyfriend and co-owner.
“I’d like to think of the Filipino food as almost like the southern food of the Asian world — I grew up in southern mississippi, everything is made with a lot of love.”
The Sun Herald says “the house specialty, lumpia, is perhaps the most famous Filipino food of all,” and that “Filipino food is an amazing mix of world cuisines that is unique, hearty and delicious.”
Baldwin says the buzz about the Filipino food from New York paved the way for their own filipino restaurant in this part of the south.
One of their popular customers is Joel Griffing — secret advisor to former President Ronald Reagan.
Griffing drove all the way from Orlando, Florida just to try what Lumpia House has to offer..
Lumpia House is offering a kamayan-style budol fight in celebration of the Filipino independence celebration in the month of June.