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The Seattle Episode of ‘No Passport Required’ Airs Tonight on PBS

Host Marcus Samuelsson explores the city’s growing Filipino food scene

Host Marcus Samuelsson standing in front of Seattle restaurant Archipelago, which is featured in the show. Suzi Pratt

Time for some ube and pandesal appreciation. Tonight, Seattle’s ascendant and thriving Filipino food scene will be the star on Eater’s PBS show, No Passport Required with host Marcus Samuelsson.

The second season of the show — which explores immigrant traditions and cuisine across the U.S. — is set to officially debut January 20 on PBS, but viewers can get a head start by checking out the Seattle episode, airing tonight at 9 p.m. (check local listings here).

Last January, renowned chef Samuelsson and the show’s crew filmed the episode around the city, visiting a variety of hot spots that will no doubt be familiar to regular readers of this site. The episode features Hood Famous Cafe and Bar (known for ube- and calamansi-flavored pastries from its sibling bake shop), the fine dining spot Archipelago (which recently won an Eater Award for restaurant of the year), and the longtime Downtown diner Ludi’s, which has since closed, but is sorely missed. It’s all tied together with the rich culinary and cultural history of the Filipino experience in the Seattle area.

Now in its second season, No Passport Required will also feature episodes filmed in Los Angeles, Houston, Philadelphia, Las Vegas, and Boston, each focusing on distinct immigrant cuisines. Look for those to air starting January 20 next year.

Stream the full episode tonight starting at 9 p.m., and watch a clip below.

How a Seattle Chef Incorporates Filipino Flavors Into Dry-Aged Steak | No Passport Required

Archipelago is one of the first fine-dining Filipino restaurants in Seattle. Chef Marcus Samuelsson joins husband-and-wife team Aaron Verzosa and Amber Manuguid to learn more about the menu’s homage to the Philippines and the Pacific Northwest — and to make pandesal. Stream the Seattle episode of No Passport Required tonight at 9/8c on PBS:

Posted by Eater on Thursday, December 12, 2019

Missed Season 1? Stream full episodes from the entire season starting tonight at 9/8c, or check out recaps and more intel on No Passport Required here.


5607 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118 Visit Website

Hood Famous Cafe and Bar

504 5th Ave. S, Seattle, WA 98104 Visit Website

Ludi's Restaurant & Lounge

120 Stewart Street, Seattle, WA 98101 (206) 682-2324 Visit Website