marikina city is very popular for its shoe industry, clean streets, and orderly residents. but do you know that marikina city is also a food haven? so if you’re from this city or living somewhere around the area, make sure you check this list as we take you to a grand food tour in search of the 30 most affordable food places in marikina city.
so here’s the catch. we had to look for restaurants, bars, grills, cafes, canteens, and even turo-turos within the city just to find very affordable meals or dishes that you will surely like with prices ranging from php20 up to php100 only. anything that will exceed the suggested price range will not be included on our list. now this will be a very long list so we’re going to divide this post in three parts. please keep on reading. you might find the food that you’ve been longing for.
jojie’s barbeque pork barbeque (p12) is sold daily along marcos cruz corner v. santos street, sto nino. i really like its simplicity. no tables, no chairs, just your good ‘ol barbeque. special marinade gives extraordinary taste to their barbeque. try their balun-balunan (p9), isaw (p7), and special tenga (P10). opens daily at 4pm.
casa feliz cakes vida verde tea (p86) is a refreshing green tea with crispy pistachio wafer, topped with fresh seasonal fruits like kiwi. with chef jv in charged of their menu, no one can go wrong. they also offer pastas, pizzas, quesadillas, and other pastries. a big surprise tucked in the very quiet concepcion dos district; 933-6653.
mama chit’s cheeseburger (p85) is very tasty and juicy. it’s a good place to hangout with friends and family. stylish all-american theme cafe with mini slot machine, old posters of famous icons, and classic posters. also famous for their sandwiches, wraps and cold drinks. you may visit them at #234 jp rizal st, san roque; 646-8547.
marikeños fried chicken (p45) is just new yet is fast becoming popular because of its reasonable price and phenomenal taste. side dishes are only p20. burgers and pastas are also available. all you can eat chicken promo for only p169. i just love their logo. visit their store at #52 lilac st., concepcion dos; 407-4217.
dee coffee house nachos (p100) is quite a standout. it can be served to 2-3 persons, big enough to be shared with friends. foods are italian and mexican inspired specially prepared by mickey. one of their best sellers is their famous “coffee house” hamburger with chips (p60). come see them at #280 jp rizal st, san roque; 646-8549.
pan de amerikana waknatoy (p35) is one of the very reasons why pan de amerikana is so popular. it is a marikina dish, a must-try. they also serve everlasting (p120), good for 4 persons. tastes like embutido but placed in a llanera, thus resulting its shape. see them at #92 gen. ordonez st, concepcion dos; 475-2398.
cafe arabiscato pata-tim (p60) is an affordable lunch meal served with rice. an oriental food with pork pata, mushroom and mixed vegetables. they also offer breakfast meals, appetizers, grills, pastas, noodles, and others. popular live bands perform during weekends. catch them at #48 lilac st., concepcion dos; 475-0854.
locupleto cafe ham and cheese (p75) is served with chips and drinks. very affordable. it’s light yet delicious and satisfying, try it. house specials include fish fillet, pastas, and pastries. they’re located along toyota avenue; 386-2994. note: they will temporarily be closed for renovation. reopening will soon be announced.
cafe lidia chocolate paradaise (p85) is a very thick dark chocolate layers of sponge cake with a little hint of coffee and caramel, a perfect ending to a perfect meal. they’re fast becoming the crown of calumpang. their huge menu is filled with salads, steaks, pastas, desserts, etc. # 64 calderon st; 647-7606.
bacolod chicken parilla inasal chicken (p80) is very tasty and oozing with juiciness. i could not count how many times i’ve eaten this. personal favorites include spare ribs, sizzling pork sisig, and the black sambo. their cheesecakes are also good. circle mall extension, marikina heights; 381-1199.