The Filipino food truck Lumpia World is expanding again. Derrick and Eleanor Ellis plan to open a restaurant in Browns Point in early May.
The restaurant will go into the deli space at the Lighthouse IGA. That brings the Lumpia World restaurant count to four — two are on wheels, two are brick-and-mortar. The Ellis family started their food trailer in 2006 as a roaming mobile Filipino restaurant, serving lumpia— the Filipino cousin of a fried Chinese egg roll— at farmers markets. In 2013, the couple opened a Federal Way storefront. About a month ago, they debuted a custom-built truck that will float between Pierce and King county lunch spots, as well as two Pierce County farmers markets.
The Browns Point Lumpia World will be open for dinner service, but might also expand to serve lunch. Expect the same menu of lumpia, pancit and katsu, but Eleanor Ellis, the restaurant’s chef, has plans to expand the menu in Browns Point.
Lumpia World’s Browns Point location will afford the couple something they haven’t had much of — storage and cooking space. The kitchen is large, but the walk-in refrigerator space is big enough to hold two cars, said Derrick Ellis. Eleanor said she’s looking forward to spreading the lumpia production line, something that can be an ordeal considering the volume of lumpia they roll by hand. In the last few years, they’ve increased production from 1,000-2,000 lumpia a week to 7,000-10,000.
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The restaurant is known for its lumpia in myriad flavor combinations that stray from the traditional. A personal favorite is lemongrass chicken, with ginger-pork a close second. A trip to Lumpia World is not complete without the banana dessert lumpia. The truck has quite a following, which is why lines can turn dozens deep during the farmers market visits. The truck will start its farmers market season April 18 at the opening of the Puyallup Farmers Market. It will also serve at the Tacoma Broadway Thursday market beginning May 7.
More coming to Browns Point: North 47 Brewery will be a neighbor. That brewery intends to open this spring.
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