Street food is probably the one thing that keeps Filipinos and tourists coming back to Quezon City.
QC isn’t just a place for fine dining, all-night partying, or non-stop shopping. The place also appeals to people of all ages from all walks of life.
This city is packed with restos, kiosks, and sidewalk vendors that serve some of the yummiest street food to satisfy your gastric juices.
Some of the best street food you can find here are isaw or barbecued chicken and pork intestines, balut or duck egg embryo, kwek kwek or battered quailed eggs, barbecued chicken head/feet and the classic chicken and pork barbecue in dripping sweet and spicy sauce.
Once you’re in QC, be sure to drop by these local favorites:
1. Lola Ote
When talking about street food, you envision yourself standing in line behind a kiosk with a display of raw meat as mouthwatering smoke from the grill fills your nostrils.
Though some love the feel of being in the “street” while eating Pinoy street food, there are others who’d rather eat in a comfortable and cleaner place to enjoy every bite. If this is what you’re after, Lola Ote is the best place for you.
Located in #24 Sgt. Esguerra Street, South Triangle, Quezon City, Lola Ote is famous for its incredible 18-inch barbecue skewers and large servings of chicken isaw.
The joint is ideal for those who are crazy over street food without having to eat them in some crowded street or dingy surroundings. Moreover, the prize is just right!
If you’re craving pork barbecue, Dannylicious is the best in the metro. In fact, their barbecue is so delicious that professionals and even celebrities drop by their stall regularly!
Outside it may look like a worn-down cafeteria, but don’t be deceived by its shabby interiors cause what it lacks in appearance, it totally makes up in its menu!
Dannylicious is considered an institution in QC. It was founded in the 70’s and since then, it has gained loyal customers that keep coming back for more because of its highly-acclaimed street food.
As a matter of fact, the joint sells an estimated 30 kilos of pork barbecue per day. You can check it out yourself at 176-C Kalantiaw St., Project 4 Quezon City.
3. Grill Queen
As the name connotes, Grill Queen is the queen of street foods in Maginhawa area. It’s a turo-turo style joint where they display all kinds of meat behind a glass counter.
You can pick which you want grilled and served. With so many meat to choose from, you’re bound to order more than you intended!
Grill Queen’s saucy and glistening barbecues makes them famous. And the best part? It’s super affordable! Check out their menu at Maginhawa St., Maginhawa, Quezon City.
4. Mang Larry’s Isawan
This kiosk inside UP Diliman is a favorite among students who want a quick snack fix. The long line of customers every day is proof to the isawan’s delicious street foods.
Mang Larry’s has been around since 1984 and has been relocated to six different locations within the campus. It reopened in its present location earlier this August with a more presentable stall and better menu.
Aside from the usual barbecues, you can have your daily dose of isaw, gizzard, liver and pork ears among others dipped in sweet or spicy sauces. They also serve affordable rice meals, grilled bangus, tilapia and pork ribs. Price starts at P6 per stick. Drop a visit at Laurel Ave., Diliman, Quezon City today!
Located in 77 INDG Building, Nicanor Roxas Street, Banawe, Quezon City, this joint is the perfect place to hang out with friends while enjoying an unlimited platter of street foods like fish and squid balls. Not only that but the place serves desserts you can find in the streets too like ice scramble (scrambled ice with evaporated milk and sugar) and gulaman (gelatin cooler).
You can never say you’ve been to the Philippines without having a taste of the street food it’s famous for.
So the next time you feel like pigging out, are you heading straight to Quezon City? Share this post if you are!