To know and understand Filipino food is to understand what its dishes are and aren’t influenced by American, Spanish, and/or Chinese. However, the evolving culinary scene with mom and pop restaurants turning up left and right has led to a fusion and confusion of Filipino and non-Filipino dishes. These days it’s truly difficult to find restaurants that truly understand the creation of Filipino cuisine. A visit to one of the Philippines quintessential restaurants, Aristocrat gave us insight to pure traditional dishes including caldo arroz, dinuguan, and pancit. Of course among those at the table, being millennials, we were unable to grasp the true significance of The Aristocrat Restaurant and its impact to Filipino culture. We thought this was simply a place full of nostalgia for our parents and their generation. Fortunately, for us our host Mary Jo gave us insight to this nostalgia and a brief history of Aristocrat, the history of its food and people.