Tropical Hut: A Turo-Turo Joint

Want a fast and reasonably priced meal? Craving Filipino food? Then you’ll want to check out a Turo-Turo restaurant, a dining concept developed in the Philippines. One such place is Tropical Hut in Hackensack, New Jersey.

Tropical Hut (Hackensack)

Turo-turo means “point point” in Tagalog. Walk in and you’ll find various dishes on display where you just point at what you would like and a generous spoonful of that dish is placed on your plate. The selection varies from day to day.

Food Display

You can make a full meal with combination plates where you get a choice of 2 or 3 dishes with a side of rice. Choices, choices.

Combination Meals

In addition to the great authentic food, you can find a small selection of snacks near the counter as well.


You pay for everything at the cashier at the end of the display. Don’t forget to grab a drink from the fridge or maybe even dessert.

Fast and Tasty

The place is small and only has a few tables, seat yourself and enjoy your meal.ย Turo-turo restaurants offer fast service and make a great option for lunch. You can get an order to-go as well where everything is packed into individual foam and deli containers. There’s also party trays for your next family get-together.

Lechon Kawali and Baked Bangus

We ordered the fried bangus (milkfish) and pinakbet, a vegetable stew made with shrimp paste. As an alternative to rice, there may be fried rice or pancit (noodles). The food is simple and tasty. Filipino comfort food at it’s best.

Fried Bangus and Pinakbet

Had to grab a Halo-Halo for dessert!

Halo Halo

Tropical Hut
598 Main Street
Hackensack, NJ 07601
(201) 880-4984
– Closed Mondays


Author: Desiree

Desired Tastes is a Food and Travel Blog written by Desiree, a food enthusiast from New Jersey who just wants to see the world and eat good food.

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