We are always in the hunt for the best burgers. Right up front, we’re going to say that we’re not saying the Snack Shack burgers are the best in the entire in the Philippines. We’re not even saying that it’s the best in Metro Manila. No, we’re not making that decision yet. Not yet. But we’re going to put taste buds on the line and say that the Snack Shack can give ANY burger a run for their money; definitely the best burger joint in this side of Quezon City. There are 5 things that you should know about the Snack Shack. Continue reading The Best Burgers in Town: 5 Things to Know about the Snack Shack
There are only a few places on earth we know so well like the back of our hands. The rest, we know like the back of our heads. The realization of being a total stranger to our surroundings, instead of invoking the reality that we fear what we don’t know, ushers in a tingling feeling of adventure and wonder. Otherwise, imagine how boring life would be. We don’t know the place. We explore. We have fun. Life is indeed full of adventures. Continue reading The Bully is Happy, and it’s a Burger, at Brickfire Oven-Roasted Steaks and Chops
Honesty is such a lonely word, Billy Joel once lamented in a song. It’s an old song, yes, but the message is timeless. It’s a truth that everyone wishes to avoid, but nonetheless intrudes into our daily lives like an unwanted guest. The food we order is no exception. There’s such a thing as false advertising. There’s such a thing as food that lamely claims to be healthy. Imagine how refreshing it is for an up-and-coming burger joint to tell it as it is, and calls itself the Bypass Burger. Continue reading Happy Attack of the Bypass Burger
Food. Food is usually the primary reason — the sole reason, for some — to visit a restaurant. It’s also the same reason why people go back to a restaurant. From time to time, however, there’s a welcome twist that happily shifts the focus from food to something else that heightens the dining experience. We’re comfortable with holes-in-the-walls that serve great food. We also have no problem exploring restaurants that serve extra servings of ambiance as a selling point. Let’s lift the curtain and check what makes the Movie Stars Cafe (Movie Memorabilia Studio Cafe and Restaurant) different (and why it’s a fun place to visit). Continue reading Time to Visit the Movie Stars Cafe (Movie Memorabilia Studio Cafe and Restaurant)
That’s what the menu of the Boulevard Diner prominently states. Right under the name Boulevard Diner, revealing the three items that this joint is obviously proud of, are three words. Burgers. Wings. Spuds. Everyone knows what a burger is. Almost everyone knows that the term “wings” refers to chicken wings. Only a few know that “spuds” means potatoes, the most common of which is your french fries. Even fewer know about the Boulevard Diner.
We’re among those who have absolutely no idea what Boulevard Diner is. Until last weekend. Not until somebody told my companion, and until my companion told me, that there’s a great burger find at the Boulevard.
And, no, Boulevard is not a street. It’s not a road. Not a highway or an avenue. It’s not even a boulevard. Confused? Don’t be. Boulevard is a diner. And we heard there’s a good food find here.
Burger. The magic word. Our culinary noses are always on the hunt for great burgers. Big Better Burgers. Brothers Burger. The Burger Project. Charlie’s Burger. Wham!. Mushroomburger. Hotshots Burgers. Army Navy. We’ve figured many of these burgers. We can’t name them all and we’re still trying out other burgers.
This time around, our destination is 91 Xavierville Avenue, Loyola Heights, Quezon City. That’s the full address of Boulevard Diner.
We’ve passed through this stretch of road a number of times. We’ve noticed a number of establishments and the most memorable is not related to food. Xavierville is where the head office of T.A.P.E., the producer of the No. 1 Philippine noontime show Eat Bulaga!, is found. Xavierville intersects Esteban Abada Street and is near Katipunan Avenue, the home of Ateneo de Manila University and Miriam College. At the far end of Katipunan is the University of the Philippines. No wonder that a lot of the guests at Boulevard Diner, we were told, are students.
Around 10 meters from the intersection of Xavierville and Esteban Abada is a sleepy establishment at the ground floor of a condominium building. We were on the prowl to find the Boulevard Diner. The big, bright yellow star first caught our attention, then the “Boulevard Diner” below the star. Bingo! Found it!
Also noticeable is the three-slot parking in front of the diner, which means that parking is probably a big concern, especially if you go here during peak hours. Vehicular traffic in Xavierville is not exactly light.
The place is quite. No other guests, which is good because this small diner would be really cramped even with around 15 people. The semestral break, with students staying home or going home to the province, allows us relative peace in enjoying the place. The place looks and feels sad, so it wouldn’t hurt if the place, by itself, is more perky.
The only staff on the floor, Jerome, immediately sprang into action the moment we came in. And even before he could give us the menu, we already have one word in mind — Gorgon-zola.
Gorgon-zola burger came highly recommended, the reason why we went out to search for Boulevard Diner. It appears to be a crowd favorite, as shown by its own star on the menu. This happy combination of beef, bacon, lettuce, tomato, red onion rings and, uhm, peanut butter (we forgot to ask if it has something to do with gorgonzola cheese), will forever define the image of Boulevard Diner in our minds. And stomach.
And to taste the other non-star items in the menu, we Mighty Mimic (lettuce, tomato, beef, cheese, bacon, gorgonzola dressing) and the Cajun Chix Burger (lettuce, tomato, cajun chicken thigh fillet, cheese). Throw in the chicken wings and the Freedom Fries to complete the food groups (we need to have poultry and more vegetables, you know).
And the verdict? The Gorgon-zola is, for its size, really good. It’s the smallest among the prime burgers that we’ve we’ve encountered. But don’t get fooled by the size (although, so it’s not “bitin,” can you guys make it a bigger?). This one has a seriously juicy, succulent beef between those sweet buns. The flavor is great. There’s a tinge of a strong beefy smell in the first bite, yes, bit the Gongon-zola tastes good. It’s a burger that we’d definitely go back for more.
We all love superheroes. Ok, maybe mostly boys idolize their superheroes, but most probably everyone has seen what a “komiks” looks like. There’s the usual illustration and, in case of a fight scene, big, bold words that surprisingly communicate what we see in movies. Boom! Bang! Kapow! Zoom! And in case of a big, huge punch to the face: wham! Continue reading Surprise at Wham! Burgers
Friday is done. And if you’re one who believes in fasting during Fridays during lent, and probably no meat during the Holy Week, then this weekend would be a good time to stock up that flubby tummy. A good burger perhaps? With enough bang of taste to last an entire week. Let’s see. How about Charlie’s Burger. Continue reading Charlie’s Grind and Grill: The Black Angus Burger
How to get there? Map and directions for Charlies Grind and Grill (Charlies Burger). It’s the one at the left side of East Capitol Drive (16 East Capitol Drive), near the intersection of San Rafael Street). Continue reading Map: Charlie’s Grind and Grill (Charlie’s Burger)
A burger with mushroom patty. We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again, that one of our criteria for checking a burger is the quality of the patty — that’s all-beef patty. Then here comes a restaurant that serves burgers made of mushrooms (it also serves other Filipino dishes), with a name that proudly declares that fact — Mushroomburger. At first, I really don’t know what to make of it. Continue reading Mushroomburger in Tagaytay City
Tropical Hut Hamburger had been around for more than four decades. An uncle used to work here, during the time when martial law was still in place. But I have never tasted any burger of Tropical Hut. “What? You haven’t tried Tropical Hut burger? It’s the original. You should at least try it.” Continue reading Double Double Burger at Tropical Hut Hamburger