Best Of 2018

Best just like mom’s: LUMPIA at CHISMIS & CO.

Best just like mom’s

The adage about food taking you back to your childhood can get tired. However, there’s still nothing like biting into a dish and being plunged into a pool of warm memories about Mom. The lumpia from Armature Works’ Filipino food stall, chismis & co., may be played long (Ma would cut chismis’ cigarillo-style roll into thirds), but the flavors and look inside are a snapshot of what 8-year-old me enjoyed during simpler times. Armature Works, 1910 N. Ola Ave., Tampa. 813-250-3725, chismisandco.com. —Ray Roa