If it weren’t for the Mello Yello-esque color scheme adorning Northwest Lumpia’s exterior, most would probably zip on by it in Tacoma’s central neighborhood. It certainly looks out of place amid its industrial surroundings, but the little deep-fried wands of goodness are certainly worth leaving the city’s more populated areas. Established by Charles and Rebecca Marbas, Northwest Lumpia has been serving piping hot Lumpiang Pritos — a Filipino dish — since 2011.
Lumpiang Pritos translates to “fried spring roll,” and each thin wrapper is filled with an assortment of flavors from sweet to sour to savory. The eatery features 10 mainstays on its regular menu — including Chicken Teriyaki, Taco Mix, and Brown Sugared Banana — and an assortment of rotating flavors — Guava and Cheese, Lobster and Cheese, Spiced Pork and Bean, and Strawberry Dreams.
It’s open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; visit its Facebook page for rotating flavors.