Republique cemented the fact that Margarita Manzke and Walter Manzke have considerable culinary range. While the couple’s Mid-City French-global restaurant has drawn substantial crowds for brunch, dinner, and baked goods, they’ve also built an empire of Wildflour cafes in Manila. To this point, Margarita has only featured her Filipino heritage in certain dishes at Republique, but now goes full-force at fast-casual Sari Sari Store in DTLA’s historic Grand Central Market.
“Sari sari” means variety in Tagalog. The restaurant’s Filipino Breakfast Sandwich ($9) would be a dream find in any convenience store. A luscious longanisa sausage patty joins a vivid fried egg, melted American cheese, scallions, and punchy atchara – pickled daikon, carrot, chilies and ginger – on a soft, house-baked, crumb-coated roll called pan de sal.