This Burger Shop in a Gas Station Along Katipunan Might Just Be Your Next Stopover
They also have milkshakes, wings, and more!
POPS Beyond Better Burgers
Petron Gas Station, Katipunan Avenue, Quezon City
Open daily from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.
(SPOT.ph) They say that sometimes the best things in life can be found in the most unusual of places. That couldn’t be more true for this burger joint in Quezon City, which is located at a *gasp* gas station.
Opening POPS Beyond Better Burgers at a gas station was totally intentional, according to owners Ricky and Winie Gomez. The Gomezes specifically chose the location due to its close proximity to schools and subdivisions, making it an easy place to establish a family-friendly diner.
The husband-and-wife team, who insist on being called tito and tita, are also completely hands-on with the operation. They can be found working behind the counter, assembling dishes in the kitchen, or even handing out guests’ orders directly to their tables.
The diner is a small, cozy space, with pastel walls decked out with posters featuring classic pop-culture references, like the gang from How I Met Your Mother, classic John Hughes movies, and quirky Wes Anderson films. There’s also a community wall, where customers can pin any artwork, photos, or messages that may want to share.
When it comes to their menu, POPS prefers to keep everything simple and fresh. All of the dishes are in one way or another inspired by Tito Ricky’s mother’s cooking, and they’re all made-to-order, as a way to ensure consistency.
Take their best-selling Moo Melt (P199). It’s a classic take on the American-style diner burger which makes use of 100% Angus beef and homemade brioche buns. The beef has no extenders, ensuring that you’re getting all of the burger patty’s natural flavor and juices. It’s like biting into a perfectly seared steak that’s been sandwiched in between two pillowy soft buns.
If you want to take it up a notch or you’re just plain hungry, go for their Legendary Burger (P369). This hefty sandwich comes with two burger patties, crispy bacon, and gooey cheese. It’s is a bit of a mouthful to get through, but it’s very reminiscent of the sandwiches from a popular New York-based burger chain.
Apart from their burgers, POPS also makes some mean chicken. There’s the Wild Wild Wings (P199), or crispy chicken wings coated with a choice of classic buffalo sauce, sticky and sweet BBQ, and spicy hot chili. The classic buffalo wings pack a lot of heat and tang, but luckily the wings come with a side of garlicky parmesan aioli sauce, which helps counter the spice.
Their POPS Wicked Fried Chicken (P99/one side, P129/two sides; P169/one side, P199/two sides), are two generous chicken filets deep fried to golden perfection, before being topped off with a hickory, smoky barbecue sauce. You also have a wide range of sides to choose from: whether you’re looking for carbs in the form of White Rice, Fried Rice, Spicy Rice, or Fries, something cheesy like the creamy Mac & Cheese or Mac & Meat, or a healthy Side Salad.
Another must-try is their Prime Time Roast Beef (P169/one side, P199/two sides). These tender bits of beef are flash seared in a pan, before being topped off with a savory, peppery sauce. They even have a spicy version of this available, the Chili Moo, if you’re someone who prefers a lot of heat.
It’s not a burger joint if there are no milkshakes on the menu. POPS offers three variants: Whopper’s Malt, Chocolate, and Strawberry (P99 each). They’re all creamy and thick—the perfect accompaniment to a juicy burger. There’s also a pair of desserts available for a sweet treat after your meal: The Chocolate State of Mind (P99), a moist chocolate cake, and the Frozen (P99), a creamy frozen brazo de mercedes that comes with a crunchy graham cracker base. Both desserts are Tita Winie’s very own creations.
And if you feel guilty for indulging, don’t. With every burger ordered at POPS, a portion of the proceeds goes to a feeding program that helps undernourished school children. Plus, POPS puts a premium on sustainability. Almost everything in the restaurant is responsibly sourced: from reclaimed wood that lines the cashier counter, to the steel tables, and wooden chairs. You won’t be finding plastic spoons, forks, and straws here.
The restaurant’s motto is “Come for the food, stay for the people.” With the restaurant’s cozy atmosphere, welcoming staff, and familiar menu options, that motto perfectly encapsulates that POPS stands for good food and company.
Photos by Hans Fausto