Aside from being the premiere university in the country, UP Diliman is also home to some of Quezon City’s best food havens, including the famous Rodic’s Diner at the UP Shopping Center and Chocolate Kiss at Bahay ng Alumni. But amidst its cradle lies another food strip housing a wide range of restaurants that serve different types of cuisine for every Isko and Iska’s mood and craving.
Located in Area 2, Barangay UP Campus in Quezon City, JP Laurel Street is the miniscule version of Maginhawa Street in UP Teacher’s Village. Despite the small space (it’s only 250 meters long), this food street is not lacking when it comes to cheap, delicious, and satisfying food finds.
Here, we list down 8 eats that the Iskolar ng Bayan (and other hungry students nearby) can try in between classes.
Travel back in time with Old Country Kitchenette’s 1920’s famous fried chicken. The yummy pork chop is also a must-try. They also serve all-day breakfast budget meals.
Get your daily caffeine fix at Coffeehub, a small coffee shop serving hot and cold beverages, with exciting new flavors to add some twist into your coffee break. You can also try their pizza and pasta, as well as tempura, deep-fried chicken, and rice mixes.
Sweet hamonado or garlicky rekado? Have it your way with longganisa at Longga Republic. With its rice-all-you-can promo, you can eat the Filipino rolled meat on its own or dip in different seasoning (think sukang Iloko with bits of garlic and siling labuyo). This small eatery serves different varieties of longganisa such as those from Tuguegarao, Vigan, Lucban, Alaminos, Cebu, among others. Also try the bagnet sisig!
Everyday, it’s dimsum galore in Iskomai, a quaint stall serving dimsum rice meal combos at affordable prices. Have some Japanese siomai, Iskomai or wanton dumplings with your rice (make that extra rice please!). For dessert, have some cold treat of Iskorambol.
Craving for some home-cooked meals? Jing’s Lutong Bahay will give what your tummy is craving. This eatery is famous among students because of its affordability, huge servings, and that good ol’ lutong bahay familiarity. Also try their barbecue with vegetable rice and shanghai rolls.
All things sizzle at McDok’s. Their menu includes beef steak with mushroom and Pinoy favorite sisig on a sizzling plate. Meals come with plain rice and a bowl of the soup of the day. Don’t be easy to dismiss the soup–unlike other eateries that give freee soup (usually made from boiling water mixed with chicken boullion), McDok’s soup is a treat. Some days, diners get some misua, molo or egg soup.
Sabaw palang, ulam na! As its name suggest, Digong’s is famous for its bulalo. The broth alone is worth the visit (and soup refill is free!) Have some Super Bulalo or Pata with Laman to keep you going for the rest of your classes. There is also Balbacua, a Visayan dish made from beef ligaments and offal simmered for hours until the meat melts in your mouth and serves with a flavorful broth.
Quarter or Half Pounder? That is the ultimate question. Thick beef patty sandwiched between soft bread, along with slices of tomato and onion and some greens, seasoned with mustard – need we say more? Don’t forget to add some cheese for that extra flavor!