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Much-Anticipated Filipino Restaurant Be More Pacific Hits The Heights

The much-lauded Austin export brings crispy lumpia and chicken adobo to Houston’s dining scene

A spread of dishes from Be More Pacfic
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The wait is (almost) officially over for Austin export Be More Pacific — the much-lauded Filipino restaurant has officially set an opening date for its new location in the Heights.

Co-owner Roveen Abante tells Eater that Be More Pacific’s second permanent location will make its debut at 506 Yale Street, Suite E, this week. The restaurant originally got its start as a food truck in Austin in 2011, and opened its first permanent location there in 2017. The new Houston location is a partnership between Abante and his partner Jan Abante, the minds behind Pour Behavior and Lincoln Bar and Be More Pacific co-founders Mark Pascual and Giovan Cuchapin.

Since its debut, Be More Pacific has earned raves for its traditional Filipino dishes and creative fusion dishes, ranging from chicken adobo to pork sisig and pancit, the Philippines’ most iconic noodle dish. Crispy pork and shrimp lumpia are also on the menu, along with tater tots slathered in white queso and garnished with the restaurant’s take on Filipino banana ketchup and crumbled longganisa sausage. On the dessert menu find halo-halo, and turon, or crispy banana and jackfruit egg rolls.

On February 27, Be More Pacific will open for “friends and family” service starting at 4 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. The “soft opening” officially begins on March 2, but the restaurant will be closed on March 4 for a private event.

Regular business hours, which run Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to midnight, Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., will begin immediately after.