[dropcap letter="T"]he Shoe Capital of the Philippines is slowly building a new name for itself. Marikina City has recently become more and more dense with restaurants (as evidenced by the fact that this list has a part 1), serving food that’s easy on the wallet and kind on the tastebuds.
Loosen those belts--your food trips to the east are far from over. Here are 8 more Marikina restaurants that you should check out.
278 J.P. Rizal St. San Roque Marikina City
646 8547 | Facebook
Open from 10am to 10pm Monday to Sunday
Price range: PHP 150-300
Located near the Our Lady of the Abandoned Church, Mama Chit’s Coffee House has become a favorite by Marikina locals and visitors alike. The Vintage memorabilia create a charming clutter as you consume the crowd favorites: cheeseburgers and sandwiches (don't just take Kris Aquino's word for it!). Eating as a group? Try their Family Burger (about eight inches), which costs PHP600.
Two challenges that you may encounter with this place, however: the parking (as you will have to look for a spot on the road) and the full house on weekends.
92 Gen Ordonez Ave Concepcion II Marikina
475 2398 | Facebook
Price Range: PHP 80-200
This is a place where you’ll probably spend an ample amount of time taking pictures. Pan de Amerikana’s menu is not limited to bread—it’s quite famous for its affordable ulam and rice meals as well (from T-bone steak to pancit, sinugba platter to carbonara). A great place to take the kids, who will most likely have a great time walking around the giant chess pieces.
6 Aquillina St. cor Col Dovino Sto.Nino Marikina
400 2268 | Facebook
Open 24 hours
Price Range: PHP 100-150
Literally located in a street corner, this no-frills restaurant serves decent, affordable breakfast food such as rice meals (try their New Zealand Tapa and Tuyo and Kesong Puti). Called "Freestyle" because you can customize your meal, for example: eg. bacon + two eggs + garlic rice + tomato pesto). If you're feeling a bit more adventurous and don't mind the calories, try their deep-fried Cloud-9 and deep-fried Oreo for dessert.
64 Calderon Street,Calumpang, Marikina City
647 7606 | Website
Open from 10am to 11pm Monday to Saturday; 3pm to 10pm on Sunday
Price Range: PHP 150-300
The people behind Cafe Lidia claims that they "did not spend a penny on any marketing scheme," and that word got around through friends and relatives. This place is great for big groups as well as private functions. You might take a while deciding on what to order (their drinks menu alone has over 30 items), but whatever you do, don't forget to leave room for dessert--their Sansrival, Dulce de Leche, and Chocolate cakes are simply divine.
60E Lilac St. Hacienda Heights Marikina City
738 6833 | httpss://www.facebook.com/mogutreenoodlehouse
Open from 11am to 7pm Monday to Sunday
Price Range: PHP 150-250
A DIY noodle place with a twist. Customers can choose from a wide array of noodles (egg, wheat, flour pesto) and toppings (fish and meat balls, crab sticks, shrooms, etc.). You'll also get to choose between two kinds of soup (plain or laksa). Match this creation--which is served in a clay pot--with the refreshing Grass Jelly drink or Tsing Tao).
48 Lilac St. Hacienda Heights, Concepcion Ⅱ, Marikina City
570-3128 | https://www.crazykatsu.com/ | httpss://www.facebook.com/crazykatsu
Open from 11am to 10pm Monday to Sunday
Price Range: PHP 150 - 250
Katsu (breaded, deep fried meat cutlet) continues to be a hit in Manila. In a span of about three years, several katsu joints have opened in metro, having a varied price range. Crazy Katsu is small, humble joint that is more on the affordable side of the spectrum, but this doesn't mean that the quality is poor--it's actually one of the best out there. With a budget of 150-250PHP, you'll leave the place stuffed to the gills. Bestsellers include the Chicken Katsu, Tonkatsu, Katsu Curry, and Sukiyaki.
11 Isabelo Mendoza St. San Roque Marikina City
510 - 6914 | Website | Facebook
Open from 8am to 4pm Monday to Sunday
Price Range: PHP 300 - 350
Arguably one of the most photogenic restaurants on this list (and the list before it!). There’s indoor dining, but it’s best if you dine al fresco and enjoy the organized clutter of quaint details like wooden tables, recycled lamps, mosaic tiles, and paintings. The place has a price range that is well within reach for most families--perhaps one of the reasons why it’s always busy. Walk-ins are accepted, but it’s best if you call them first, especially if you’re planning to go on a weekend.
Marikina Public Market, M Cruz Corner WC Paz, Santa Elena, Marikina City
646 - 4041 | httpss://www.facebook.com/pages/Krung-Thai-Restaurant/152953414777950
Open from 9:30am to 9:30pm Monday to Sunday
Price Range: PHP 200-300
Located near the city’s public market, Krung Thai offers authentic and affordable Thai cuisine. Some of their best-sellers include Tom Yum, Pad Thai, and seafood fried rice. They have some items that caters to Pinoy taste buds, like the bagoong rice with adobo, green mangoes, and omelette. The corner by the counter has many Thai goodies (chili flakes, chili sauce, clothes, bags) for sale, so you can go shopping, too.
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