Cheap Eats: The J.P. Rizal Edition
From Makati to Malabon to Marikina, these J.P. Rizal streets hold some interesting food finds.
(SPOT.ph) 117 years ago, one of the greatest minds ever produced by the Philippines was executed for using his eloquence to challenge Spanish authority. Today, in celebration of Dr. Jose Rizal’s 117th death anniversary, we thought we’d share what we came up with when we took a look at the many J.P. Rizal streets around Manila. Who knew these streets were home to such culinary gems? Add your own picks in the comments!
"Heroic" stop: J.P. Rizal Avenue, Olympia, Makati City
Where to indulge: Tides Grill and Resto
Open from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. (Monday to Thursday), and until 2:30 a.m. (Friday to Saturday)
There's one in Quezon City, but if you happen to be driving along the streets of Makati on an empty stomach, why not head on to Tides Grill and Resto and satisfy your craving for authentic and affordable Filipino cuisine? With all-time favorites such as Sizzling Pork Sisig and Tokwa't Baboy and typical bar chow like Crispy Pork Ribs and chicharon bulaklak, this spot might just do wonders for the famished soul.
Budget: Around P500
White 3-Cheese Pizza
"Heroic" stop: J.P. Rizal Street cor. Villena Street, Makati City
Where to indulge: Sandy's Pizza
Open daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
In the mood for some Italian? Sandy's Pizza might be the perfect place. Not only do they serve classic flavors like the White 3-Cheese Pizza and Italian Sausage, they also manage to shake things up a little by adding Filipino twists-Garlic Tuyo in Olive Oil and Adobo with Kesong Puti.
Budget: P200 to P499
Pancit Planet’s Lechon Macau Pancit
"Heroic" stop: J.P. Rizal Street, Guadalupe Viejo, Makati City
Where to indulge: Pancit Planet
Open daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Pancit Planet in Makati City bravely attempts to revive the glory days of this famed, but often taken for granted, noodle dish by introducing new and exciting flavors to the party mainstay. Some of their pancit twists: Pancit Dilis, Pancit BBQ Liempo with Sweet Bagoong, and Pancit Sisig.
Budget: Single order starts at P99
"Heroic" stop: J.P. Rizal Street, Project 4, Quezon City
Where to indulge: Mah-Lu-Tong Crispy Pata ATBP
Open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
The crispy pata can be the ultimate test of character among Pinoys who claim to be on a diet. For locals of Quezon City, Mah-Lu-Tong Crispy Pata ATBP is an easy source of temptation. For just P279, you can succumb to the crispy cholesterol goodness.
Budget: Regular crispy pata starts at P279
Betsy’s Cake Center in Malabon
"Heroic" stop: J.P. Rizal Avenue, Tañong, Malabon City
Where to indulge: Betsy's Cake Center
Open daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
For Malabon City residents, Betsy's Cake Center is a household name. Offering delectable cakes and pastries since 1962, Betsy's has done so well that it’s branched out to doing catering services as well as serving Filipino favorites such as barbecue, pancit Malabon, and lumpiang ubod.
Budget: Basic round chiffon cake starts at P300
Chicken Wings with Aioli
"Heroic" stop: J.P. Rizal Street, Malanday, Marikina City
Where to indulge: Oggo and Jullz Resto Grill
Open daily from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
For most people, the city of Marikina is famous for being the Shoe Capital of the Philippines. But this city is also home to some worthy food destinations just waiting to be discovered. Oggo and Jullz Resto Grill is, perhaps, a modest example of that. From their flavorful buffalo wings and tangy sweet and sour fish, to the homemade leche flan, to their own version of the classic Banoffee Pie, this neighborhood diner makes for a pretty good pit stop after a visit to the city’s famous Shoe Museum.
Budget: Dishes start at P50
Moroccan Lamb Pizza
"Heroic" stop: J.P. Rizal Street, Sto. Niño, Marikina City
Where to indulge: Firuz Mediterranean Cuisine
Open daily from 5 p.m. to 12 midnight
A foodie spot at the heart of Marikina City, Firuz is sure to satisfy your craving for anything Mediterranean and Persian. They serve classics such as hummus with pita bread, and different variants of kebab, as well as mains such as the Moroccan Lamb Pizza, and keema all at reasonable prices. Their servings are also generous that first timers might return for another visit.
Budget: Dishes start at P60
"Heroic" stop: J.P. Rizal Street, Sta. Elena, Marikina City
Where to indulge: Café Via Angelo
Open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Another culinary haven in Marikina City, Café Via Angelo treats its diners to quintessential café favorites, like pizza and pasta, minus the hole in their wallets. For those who want to give this place a shot, must-tries include: Café Via Angelo Pizza, Seafood Marinara, Beef Salpicao, and Beef Tenderloin.
Budget: Dishes starts at P100
Photos of Sandy’s Pizza, Betsy’s Cake Center, Pancit Planet, Firuz Mediterranean Cuisine, Oggo and Jullz Resto Grill, and Café Via Angelo from their respective Facebook pages.