We highly anticipate this feature.
Tito Rad’s Grill and Restaurant is one of our favorite spots in Queens for some great home style cooking Filipino Food.
Tito Boyet (Tito means “Uncle”) and his team takes us behind the scenes for some incredible insights on some of the staple dishes that make Tito Rad’s special.
This small restaurant, tucked in between Sunnyside and Woodside, attracts all types of clientele for three main reasons:
The clean space: The space at Tito Rad’s Grill and Restaurant can probably pack in about 60 covers on a given night, but it’s the cleanliness of the space that presents the relaxed and almost too casual/homely feel to it. The TV screens show the occasional Filipino programs. Clean space always invites comfort and the reassuring feeling that Tito Rad’s takes their hospitality seriously. Which brings us to another point.
The service: Tito Rad’s front of the house service operates with the immediate family/friends of husband and wife Tito Boyet and Tita Susan. This relationship carries over to their customers, who they treat well throughout service. We had several conversations with Tita Susan(she works as a server while managing the restaurant) and her ideal service attitude is straight up business: You get the best from her and nothing else. They say kindness comes a long way; Tito Rad’s is as real as it gets. Their warm, friendly and above all else, care about their guests.
The food: Add up the clean space with the great service and you’ll have a decent time at a restaurant. Having awesome food is the key after all and Tito Rad’s never disappoints. The Sizzling Sisig ( marinated chunks of beef, with liver and spicy peppers) cooked on a cast iron plate with an egg and garnished with onions, scallions and lemons is the highlight to our normal visits at Tito Rad’s.For our recent visit, Tito Boyet cooked us one of his specialties: Panga (Tuna Jaw.) The tuna jaw is grilled over with simple seasonings like salt and pepper. The secret, however, is Tito Rad’s sauce which he glazes over as the jaw is engulfed with smoke and flame, marinating with vinegar and soy sauce. It’s unbelievably delicious.
Categorizing Filipino food is difficult. As with other countries in Asia, the Philippines is separated in different regions, in turn making their culture and food regional. While Tito Rad’s is off the grid from the other Filipino restaurants in Queens (most are around the 7 train line along Roosevelt Avenue) they stand out as one of the greats.
Take a trip down there, you’ll be glad you did.
Tito Rad’s Grill and Restaurant
4912 Queens Boulevard
Woodside, NY 11377