Maginhawa Street Food Panda Food Crawl
Food Panda, a mobile app food delivery service for easy, fast, and fun way of ordering food, organized the Maginhawa Street Food Panda Food Crawl last month which was participated by fellow bloggers who shared the same passion, food!
As early as 9 AM, the first stop was set-up at Katz Diner, a small kitchenette style located along Malingap Street corner Maginhawa Street in Sikatuna Village, Quezon City.
Maginhawa Street earned the reputation of having the best and unique food places offering affordable prices stretching all the way its street with a lot of new and old establishments catering mostly to students and employees of the surrounding neighborhood. For the first time, just a few months ago, the Maginhawa Street Food Festival was organized, it was so successful like you can not even drop a needle on the street if you were there during the festival.
Katz Diner offers American and traditional Filipino dishes that can accommodate up to 40 people on its peak hours. Chef Kat Oronce is the owner of this family-run restaurant business.
One of their best-seller is the Roast Pork Belly, a chunky slices of meat paired with sunny side-up egg, mashed potato, and rice. This one can already make you keep up and running for the day.
Going loco for Mexican appetizers? This is one place in Maginhawa where we’ve found one of the best dynamite chili pepper, so far. And it’s affordable too! For just Php 99, you’ll be served of 5pcs Dynamite Beef Rolls, Casa‘s own version of jalapeño poppers. Casa Quesadilla may not be the authentic Mexican restaurant that you can get but the food is genuinely appetizing. We can go back and have another round of the Chicken Quesadillas next time we visit this place.
Oh by the way, we got there at around 11:40 AM which is basically almost lunch time.
Hungry? Well, yo can have your food order via Food Panda (but first you have to install the app on your mobile phone) and/or order online at www.foodpanda.ph. You may also call (02) 988-6900.
Maginhawa Street Food Panda Crawl took us to Homies, a small joint few blocks away, serving their best fried chicken that can compete with big restaurants in the city. Homies serves Pinoy fried chicken style and unlimited rice, as part of their Homies Meals menu.
Homies Chicken costs Php 300 for the whole size and Php 165 for a half-size.
They have a funny way to call the attention of the staff or if you want another round of unlimited rice. You just have to squeeze that rubber chicken doll that goes crowing until you let it go.
We arrived at Homies almost at 1 PM and continued our late lunch meal in this joint.
If the name don’t surprise you, wait until you visit this place and you’ll get to find out why this burger place is called Big B.
Owned by a young couple who are college sweethearts, Big B serves from quarter to one-pounder burger sizes. For those who are not counting calories, this is their heaven’s place. We arrived here around 2 in the afternoon.
Big B serves mix ingredients of burgers with bacon, longganisa, and SPAM patties. Don’t worry, te price is reasonable from Php 99 to Php 349 only. The style here when you’re eating your burger is to wear a plastic hand gloves and enjoy the meal.
This is also one place where you can order thick cut fries and yell ‘Poutine Ng Ina‘ as loud as you can in front of the other customers. A curse-sounding menu item, Poutine Ng Ina is basically fries, gravy, and mozarella.
COCINA NI JUAN
Sounds like we’ve found our own restaurant place!
Well, Cocina Ni Juan, like Casa Quesadilla, serves Mexican dishes. While Casa simplifies the Mexican flavor, Cocina goes as closer as it can get to the authentic feel and taste of South American flavors. Like the places we’ve been throughout the day, Cocina Ni Juan is also quite small and probably can accommodate 30 people, the most.
Their chili popper’s called Dinamita, deep-fried Anaheim chilies stuffed with cheese. Don’t try Dinamita unless you have a glass of water near you.
Another thing that Cocina Ni Juan stands out is their selection of sauces that is available on the menu just before you make your order. They have Chimichurri Sauce, Sofrito Sauce, Aioli Sauce, Sour Cream, and Chirmoi Sauce.
We left Cocina just before 6 PM.
Last stop and before capping the Maginhawa Street Food Panda Crawl, we stopped by at Moonleaf Tea Shop to have a round of cool and refreshing milk tea.
Milk Tea has been so popular that way back in 2010, you can find milk tea shop in almost every establishments. The rave for the milk tea is still there and one of the most successful brand is Moonleaf. Moonleaf is a tea shop offering freshly-brewed tea mixed into a variety of delicious and refreshing concoctions, milk tea being the most popular.
From what started as a quaint shop on October 3, 2010 along Magiting St., UP Teacher’s Village in Diliman, Quezon City, it became a big hit among the student and young professional crowd in the area. As long lines formed and word spread like wildfire about this affordable and delicious beverage alternative, Moonleaf expanded to a bigger space along the famed foodie street of Maginhawa in the same village, to accomodate its now varied clientele. Today, Moonleaf has branches in the main metropolitan centres north of Manila, in the nearby provinces and soon in metropolitan centres of the south.
There you go. We left and finished our Wintermelon Tea by 7 PM and bid farewell to the other bloggers who were still having a good time inside Moonleaf.
We never thought that we could go up to almost 10 hours eating and searching for the newest, best-tasting, and affordable food joints along Maginhawa Street and yet we conquered the moment.
Thanks to Food Panda for having us. Where’s next?
*All photos captured by Sony Xperia Z3 Compact.
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