Filipinos love to eat in the streets. This is evident in the many foodie streets that seem to pop up every week in Metro Manila. Filipinos are so creative and inventive with food that a lot of fun and unique restaurants spring up in neighborhoods across the metro such as the ones located along Maginhawa Street in Quezon City and Aguirre Street in Paranaque City. But if you’re looking for more gourmet street food to try, then we suggest putting one or two of the following places to your itinerary.
Domingo M. Guevara St. (formerly Libertad), Mandaluyong City
Domingo M. Guevara Street, more commonly known as Libertad Street, connects EDSA to Boni Avenue in Mandaluyong City. This street is peppered with fast-food outlets and restaurants that will surely be appreciated by foodies. If you’re up for cupcakes and coffee, you may opt for The Royal Chimney. Another visit-worthy place is Tipsy Beans, a café famous for its coffee, Milo drinks, and other beverages.
Milk-tea lovers can go for Tea 101, while those who are into heavy meals, Plana’s Pantry has a variety of Filipino and Western dishes to choose from. There is also another restaurant called Bugong Roast Chicken, which not only serves chicken and rice meals, but also pasta and noodles. For pizza, head over to Dexter’s, which serves party-sized, 15-inch pizzas with a wide array of flavors to choose from.
McArthur Highway, Brgy. Marulas, Valenzuela City
All along the stretch of McArthur Highway, food enthusiasts can feast on many choices depending on their cravings. Plenty of unique cafés can be enjoyed here, such as Coffee, Tea & Symphony; D’ Cream Coffee and Tea, and Roots and Herbs Coffee, the latter is famous for its malunggay coffee.
Restaurants such as Balanlay Seafood & Steak House, Coal Spot for grilled burgers, Ersao for Taiwanese dishes, and Mr. T’s Inasal for Ilonggo-Tagalog cuisine are available for those who are looking for specialty restaurants. If you haven’t tried eating toasted siopao, you may try one at 3N Bakery: Bicol’s Best Toasted Siopao.
East Capitol Drive, Brgy. Kapitolyo, Pasig City
Kapitolyo has put Pasig City’s name on many a food enthusiast’s map for having streets crawling with unique restaurants and cafés. Probably the most famous street is East Capitol Drive, where most of the city’s culinary gems are found. You may also choose from different international cuisines: Silantro Fil-Mex Cantina for Filipino-style Mexican dishes, Gostoso Piri Piri for Portuguese cuisine, and Ba Noi’s for Vietnamese dishes.
If you fancy alcoholic drinks, St. Patrick’s Pub is the place to go. Charlie’s Grind and Grill is a burger hub that also offers breakfast and health-conscious meals. Rub Ribs and BBQ is famous for their juicy ribs, while Tomahawk Chops and Grill's specialty are their tender chops.
Lilac St., Brgy. Concepcion Dos, Marikina City
This emerging grub hotspot located along Concepcion Dos’ Lilac Street in Marikina City is quite popular for its Japanese restaurants such as Tamagoya Noodle House and Crazy Katsu. Another noodle house, Mogu Tree Noodle House, even lets you create your own noodle dish! Adding more international flavors to this street are Singaporean café Singlish and Mexican food shack Burrito Brothers. Charming cafés and pastry shops along this street include Casa Feliz, Cupcake Bites Cafe, Udderly Delicious Milkshakes & Desserts, Forget Me Not Cafe, and Pink Chiffon. Another notable restaurant, Concho’s, is owned by the members of OPM band Callalily, and offer sisig as their specialty.
P. Guevarra St., Little Baguio, San Juan
Step aside, Wilson Street. San Juan’s other famous lane, P. Guevarra, also has a lot to offer. For Greek and Mediterranean cuisine, try Greeka Kouzina. For savory Asian dishes, gastrophiles may try Yen Yen Taiwan Street Food, Oyasumi Ramen for hot noodles, Sodam for Korean buffet, and Toki Q for barbecue. For Filipino finds, Café Ysabel offers Kapampangan dishes and a buffet at celebrity chef Rolando Laudico’s Guevarra’s will definitely satisfy your cravings. The supplier of Belgian waffles to Starbucks, Pegi Waffles, also has a shop here to please your sweet tooth. Share Tea and Tea Tap Café are ready for those seeking thirst quenchers after meals.
Planning your next food trip in Malabon? Save yourself the trouble by joining the Malabon Food Tour for an eat-and-hop food trip. At Php600 per passenger, this package already includes meal coupons from each of the food stops you will visit, as well as the fare for the tricycle rides to and from each stop. These food stops include Lugaw Express, Hazel’s Bakery for puto (rice cake), Jamico’s Restaurant for crispy pata, Dolor’s Kakanin, Nanay’s Pansit Malabon and Betsy’s Cakes. Not only will you have a happy tummy, but you’ll also get to help Malabon’s tricycle drivers and the city’s tourism.
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(Sources: onevalenzuela.blogspot.com, outoftownblog.com, pinasmuna.com, ph.phonebooky.com, insights.looloo.com, spot.ph, thedailyposh.net, foodsonthespot.com, itsberyllicious.com, mikelaagan.com)