Thirty Foods to Eat in Marikina City (Part 3)

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Doing this comprehensive list of 30 Most Affordable Foods in Marikina City was something we have never imagined doing.  It was not an easy task. We never thought that it would be possible for us to visit all of them. We were skeptic at first but because of our determination and the persuasive powers of our readers, we were able to pull it off. The result was great and overwhelming.  So before we give you the last part of our list, let me also inform you all that we are currently planning on organizing a food tour in Marikina City. Our aim is to promote the city's food industry and to help boost its tourism. We hope that you will support this event.  Please regularly check our invitation for more updates and information. It's an open invitation.
 
Again, we would like to thank our avid readers for giving us your suggestions. We also thank the following food establishments for helping us accomplish this enormous feat: 3 Bears Restaurant, Bacolod Chicken Parilla, Bite Resto Bar, Boy Yoghurt, Boyong's Buffet, Cafe Arabiscato, Cafe Lidia, Casa Feliz Cakes, Dee Coffee House, Estela's Goto, Johnny's Fried Chicken, Jojie's Barbequ, Kaypee Indian Restaurant, Krung Thai, Locupleto Cafe, Lovellitos Chicken Inasal, Lunchbox, Luyong's Restaurant, Macky's Eatery, Mama Chit's, Marikeños Fried Chicken, Mexiquina's Bar and Restaurant, Oggo and Jullz Grill, Pan de Amerikana, Pap's Diner, Pic a Pie Bakeshop, Pot-Ling, Qizia Cafe, Red Paint Bar and Sweet Maddies Avenue. Let's all support these wonderful entrepreneurs. I dedicate this article to my loving grandmother.

 Pot-Ling Pancit Luglog (P15)  is one of their best sellers in this carinderia style place in Parang. They're quite popular in their area because of their delicious food but super affordable. Kare-kare with rice and soup is just P35. They serve other lutong bahay  like tinolang manok, lechong paksiw, sisig, mechadong baka and more. They also have mami noodles and other meriendas. They're located at #32 ML Quezon Street; 0920-8396533. Direction: ride a jeep or an fx going to Parang. Get off at the NGI Public Market and look for their small carinderia store along ML Quezon Street, near a 7-11 Convenient Store.
Mexiquina's Bar and Restaurant Crispy Tawilis (P70) is a perfect spicy pulutan garnished with onions and hot chilis. also try their amazing buffalo wings (P150), while you drink booze and listen to their cool music. Opens daily at 5pm. They're located along Ming Ramos Street, Sta Elena. Mexiquina's Bar and Restaurant is the hottest bar place in the city of Marikina.  They just had their grand opening a few weeks ago. directions: from Cubao, simply ride a jeep going to Calumpang. Get off at S. Dela Paz Street and take a 3-minute walk down to the riverside, all the way to Ming Ramos Street. Update: 01/2014 Non-Operational

Boy Yogurt Frozen Yogurt (P40) with fresh bananas, topped with dried mango bits and graham. Just add P5 for additional toppings like rice crispies, oreo, choco chips, dried fruits, etc. Special fruit toppings are also available (lychees, peaches, cherry) for only P10. Rainy days are here to stay yet it's still not too late to have this cold hearty treat. They also offer ice cream crepe for a sweet tooth like me. They're located at #115 A Mabini Street, San Roque; 646-7428. Direction: ride a jeep going to Calumpang. Get off at the San Roque Church. Llook for A. Mabini Street right across the church. You will find their signage and a small window.
Estela's Goto Special Goto (P20) is a very popular goto in Marikina city since 1973. Estela died in 2006 and her store was managed by her eldest son ever since.  Their goto was not oily and I just love the garlicky taste of it. Truly Marikina. Make sure you visit them. Personal favorites are Saba con Yelo (P10), Lumpiang Ubod (P25) and Tokwa't Baboy (P20).  Opens daily from 8am-7pm. Located at #21 Villalon Street, Sto Nino; 0918-5515156. Direction: ride a jeep going to Calumpang. Once you cross the Marikina Bridge, get off at Villalon Street, first corner from the bridge. It's a secret place that pure Marikenos should know.

Boyong's Buffet Everlasting (P30/slice) is always present during Marikina family events and occassions, thus explains its name.  They're celebrating their 12th year in business.  They're quite popular in Sta. Elena, San Roque and Calumpang areas; that's why they were featured one time in a local magazine.  Must try their pastas, Waknatoy (P40), burgers, and Korean Barbeque (P40). They also offer catering services. Visit them Mondays to Saturdays 6am to 5pm at #13 E Dela Paz St, San Roque; 682-0403, 682-5615. Direction: ride a jeep going to Calumpang and get off at China Trust Bank along JP Rizal Street, corner E. Dela Paz Street.

3 Bears Restaurant Papa Bear's Sisig (P99) is a Lechon Kawali placed on a sizzling plate, with special gravy that only they can offer.  Skin was very crunchy; meat so tender and juicy. Recommended for all you sizzling lovers.   Longsilog ala Vigan (P49), sided with their authentic ilocano vinegar and Fish and Fries (P89). It's breaded creamy dory fish, deep fried, served with fries. They're located at #8 Saint Mary Avenue, Provident Village; 369-8430. Direction: ride a jeep or an fx going to SSS Village, Calumpang, or Parang Fortune. Get off at Provident Village and take a 2-minute walk along Saint Mary Avenue. Update: 01/2014 Non-Operational

 Pic a Pie Bakeshop Ensaimada (P17) is both a perfect snack and dessert to all ages. Make sure you visit them early in the morning because they run out of them quickly.  They're also famous for their Sansrival and very affordable Silvanas (P11), sweet sinful layers of buttercream, coated with devilish cookie crumbs and sprinkled with peanuts. Sweet temptation. They've moved to their newer location at #4K E. Jacinto Street, Sto Nino; 906-8565, 515-0053. Direction: ride a jeep or an fx going to SSS Village, or Parang Fortune, and get off along Sumulong Highway, near the Marikina Sports Complex. Just ask directions to get to E. Jacinto Street.


Red Paint Bar Sizzling Scramble (P90) is egg omelet mixed with sliced onions and hotdogs, placed neatly on a sizzling plate. Enjoy this while drinking beer and listening to cool music or while playing billiard.  Their Crispy Tenga (P125) is highly recommended. It is pig ear strips, covered with flour and deep fried until brown and crispy. Very good pulutan. They're located at #114 A. Bonifacio Avenue, Tanong; 482-1672. Direction: ride a jeep or an fx going to Calumpang, SSS Village, or Parang Fortune. Just get off along A. Bonifacio Avenue, right in front of the Loyola Memorial Park. Update: 01/2014 Non-Operational
Krung Thai Fried Rice (P99) is mixed with shrimps, onion, and other fresh veggies, perfectly complimented with egg, cucumber and calamansi.  This place is perfect for adventurous food lovers like me.  I've also had my best Thai Tea (P39) here, very creamy and refreshing. Sooo sooo good.  Tom Yam (P150) is good for 2 persons. Overflowing with hot spicy goodness and taste of fresh seafoods, like tuna, shrimp, and squid. enhanced with mushroom, tomatoes and onion. Visit them at Marcos Cruz St. corner WC Paz, Sta Elena; 646-4041. Direction: catch a Calumpang jeep. Get off along JP Rizal street corner WC Paz Street, Sta Elena. It's right next to Johnny's Fried Chicken.


Luyong Restaurant Miki Bihon with Lechon (P160/3 persons) is loaded with fresh veggies and juicy Lechon Kawali chunks. They've been around since 1974 and is the most popular restaurant in Marikina City. They're proud to say that their cooking style is purely Cantonese that hasn't been changed or altered for the past 36 years.  Trivia: they got the store's name from the owner's father. Also try their  Sweet and Sour Pork (P150) and Lumpia Shanghai (P150). They're located along Shoe Avenue, Sto Nino; 941-4872, 942-0740. Direction: ride a jeep or an fx going to SSS Village or Parang Fortune.  You will find them along Shoe Avenue in Sto Nino.



23 comments:

Anonymous said...

this is the best marikina food blog I've read. very informative. a mixture of old (uy! alam ko yan, masarap nga dyan) and new (teka, 3 taon pa lng ako ndi nakakauwi, ang dami ng bago). I cant wait to visit them all! thanks guys!

Marikeno said...

Thank you very much for your kind words. We are planning to reactivate this blog very very very soon. So watch out for newer features.

len C said...

sana you can upate your list kc madami na ang sarado sa list

Anna Sabularse said...

You forgot Mama Tings. I am not from Marikina but I go there to buy rellenong bangus. Yummy!

Anna Sabularse said...

You forgot to include Mama Tings. I am not from Marikina but I go there to because I love there rellenong bangus. Yummy!

Anonymous said...

and why wala din ang Nanay (or Lola?) Helen Panciteria? Nagsara na ba ito? Hindi kasi ako nauuwi pa ng Pinas :D

Anonymous said...

Open pa pala ang Estelas goto. That place used to be part of our Sunday routine - we attend Sunday mass at San Roque then go to Estelas goto afterwards.
How about Murakami near Municipio? Affordable Japanese food without compromising the authentic Japanese taste. Yum!!!

Anonymous said...

A lot of resto's have closed down and are no longer in this list. And there are some new ones that like Pink Chiffon, Singlish Cafe at Lilac street is a must try.

Anonymous said...

Rustic Mornings just across the Church

Anonymous said...

Nagdedeliver po ba sila? The best sa boyongs! Dyan kami kumakain lagi nungnagduduty pa kami sa san roque health center.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for this blog. I grew up in Marikina and some of the restos that we used to go are still in business..that's good. We will surely try some on your list once we go home for a visit. Happy that Marikina is moving forward!!

cris said...

Not so impressed with the selection
Ive tried nearly half of those featured places

Yes there are new once willing to be uncovered with your taste buds

Marikina is bustling with this fantastic places yet affordable gastronomic surprises

Anonymous said...

I am new in Marikina..barely three years living here...but I love it and know that will continuously do...this blog will be very helpful for me and my family in exploring the city...love food hopping...thanks so much!!!

mamaMia said...

I think open pa ang Sweet Maddie's Avenue & Parikit Inasal in San Roque. Kindly check..

Anonymous said...

I think operational ba ang sweet maddie's and parikit inasal in san roque.. Pls check...

Anonymous said...

Lola Helen's is still open. Also, please include a review of Alexei's and the restos sa Lilac St - like Mogu Tree. :)Thanks for the reviews and the updates.

Anonymous said...

Try out the Singlish Cafe @ Lilac St. The menu is very international and taste wise is close to authenticity. Our favorite here's the Rotti Prata. My girlfriend and I frequent this place and it's packed on certain times. So better go during off peak hours.

Anonymous said...

my friend told me na try the Chubby Burger at the chubby chef cafe @ panorama st. corner gen. diego masarap daw mga food doon and they also serve Korean food like Korean Ramen and korean beef stew...

Anonymous said...

my friend told me na try the Chubby Burger at the chubby chef cafe @ panorama st. corner gen. diego masarap daw mga food doon and they also serve Korean food like Korean Ramen and korean beef stew...rc

tina schneider said...

you forgot. Nanay Helen's pancit con lechon and Tapsi ni Vivian. Inside provident village. there's Tammy's , their cakes are really good.

Anonymous said...

Try Alexei's Diner and Cafe at 7 Gil Fernando Avenue near Marquinton

Anonymous said...

I have been around and visited quite a few good places like Alexei's, Mama Chits, & tgis small cozy place just behind SDS hospital, Quizias or something..hahah. i forgot the spelling. But i am telling you....they're all great dependingon the mood and occassion. I just loved them all...no matter where you go. MARIKINA restaurants know how to tickle your fancy and will always capture your heart in someway, everywhere you go. Still roaming around Marikina......still hungry.....BG Garcia..

Anonymous said...

I have been around and visited quite a few good places like Alexei's, Mama Chits, & tgis small cozy place just behind SDS hospital, Quizias or something..hahah. i forgot the spelling. But i am telling you....they're all great dependingon the mood and occassion. I just loved them all...no matter where you go. MARIKINA restaurants know how to tickle your fancy and will always capture your heart in someway, everywhere you go. Still roaming around Marikina......still hungry.....BG Garcia..