My Maginhawa Hits for A Satisfied, Happier Tummy!

I don’t know when my fascination to discover new places to eat started. I just know that whenever my friends or cousins would ask me to go out with them, I’m usually the pa-bibo one who always suggests places to eat. And usually, I will google for restaurants that are not found in the mall, but in the streets where it is unlikely to find a picture-worthy restaurant. And Maginhawa Street in Quezon City is one of my favorite go-to-places whenever I go on a food trip with family and friends.

Maginhawa Street is actually no longer an unfamiliar name for foodies. It is a residential area that is just a walking distance from Philcoa in Quezon City. This street and its neighboring roads are known for hole-in-the-wall restaurants and houses which were turned into restaurants. Students from nearby universities such as University of the Philippines, Ateneo de Manila University, and Miriam College usually frequent this street for the number of indie restaurants, cafes, kiosks, and dessert places you can find in this strip.

And because it is one of my happy places, I’ve already tried some of the restaurants here with some of my favorite people in the world:-) Here’s giving you some suggestions on where to eat when in Maginhawa Street:

1. Pipino 

-This is a vegetarian restaurant owned and operated by the same people behind Pino Restaurant — that is why it is also located in the same building as Pino. What I like about Pipino is that you can eat a whole plate without feeling really bloated since they offer healthy food.

What we tried: 

  • Garlic Noodles with broccoli, walnut and parmesan cheese. It’s like Aglio Olio with a little twist. *
  • Creamy Pesto with Wasabi onion rings *
  • Vanilla Graham Ice Cream *
  • Pipino Shake *
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Veggie Date with my friend, PA

Munching Budget: P200-300 per person

Address: 39 Malingap Street, Teachers Village, Quezon City
Telephone No: 4411773

2. Ally’s All Day Breakfast

-Ally’s is small breakfast place in Malingap Street which offers really yummy pancakes, waffles and other all-time brekky goodies. What’s famous about Ally’s is their create-your-own-pancake item in the menu wherein you can choose on a number of yummy ways to make your pancake the way you like it.

What we tried: 

  • Ferrero Rocher Pancrepe (P170) *
  • Cadbury Pancrepe (P150) *
  • Toblerone Pancrepe (P150) *
  • Lucban Longanisa meal (P160)
  • Bagnet Liempo meal (P270) *
  • Sweet Pork Tocino meal (P130)

Muching Budget: P200-300 per person

Address: 50 Malingap Street, Sikatuna Village, Quezon City

Telephone #: 0906-444-3878

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Big appetite date with my cousins 🙂

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spending time with Lessie

3. Friuli Trattoria 

-A restaurant that offers comfort Italian food at an affordable price. The place is not really big enough but it is one of the restaurants in the strip that is usually full. Well, why not? Their pizza and pasta is really yummy — at par with the taste that other Italian posh restos are offering at a very wallet-friendly price.

What we tried:

  • Pizza Margherita (P190) *
  • Classic Pepperoni Pizza (P205)
  • Barbecue Chicken (P240) *
  • Angel Hair Puttanesca (P140)
  • Penne in Smoked Sausage Sauce (P155) *
  • Spaghetti Carbonara (P140)

Munching Budget: P200-300 per person (Pizza and pasta are good for sharing)

Address: 79-A Maginhawa Street, Teachers Village, Quezon City

Telephone #: 4341416

Extension of the big appetite date with the cousins :-)

Extension of the big appetite date with the cousins 🙂

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Catching Up with Vannah and Joni 🙂

4. The Breakfast Table

– Another restaurant that offers breakfast goodies and added some more appetizing flavors in the menu is the Breakfast Table. What I like about this place is its quirky ambiance–that kind of interiors you can see in Pinterest. I love the blue and white color combination of the place and how they made use of old denims as part of the table set-up.

What we tried:

  • Binagoongan Omurice (P185) – 2 eggs, crispy pork binagoongan, garlic rice and petite salad *
  • Adobo Omurice (P175) – 2 eggs, roasted adobo chunks, garlic rice, petite salad
  • EGGS TBT Eggs Benedict – (P195) – 2 poached eggs, tinapa flakes, pinoy hollandaise, challah and petite salad *

Munching Budget: P200-300 per person

Address: Ground Floor, Maginhawa Building, 189 Maginhawa Corner Makadios Street, Sikatuna Village, Quezon City

Telephone #: 4333597

Clingy 3 date with Jhen and Rhona :-)

Clingy 3 date with Jhen and Rhona 🙂

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5. A Taste of Heaven 

-If you are craving for milkshakes, you should head on to A Taste of Heaven. Here you can find a wide variety of milkshake flavors you can choose from — Speculous Cookie Butter, Salted Caramel, Peach Banana, S’mores Banana Split, Bubblegum, and many others. They also have some pica-pica in their menu for you and your friends to munch on and balance the taste like the fries, chilly wings, frankfurters, and burgers. The place is relatively small and could only fit approximately 10 guests inside.

What we tried: 

  • Butterfinger Milkshake (P85) *
  • Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Milkshake (P85) *
  • Speculous Cookie Butter milkshake (P130) *
  • Freedom Chips (P55) *

Munching Budget: P100-200

Address: 71 Maginhawa Street, UP Village, Diliman, Quezon City

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Milkshake goodness:-)

a taste of heaven

6. Artsy Cafe

-Another dainty restaurant you can find in Maginhawa Street which serves rice meals, pasta, sandwiches, coffee and desserts. Their art wall is an impressive  factor of the place plus their porch area really gives off that relaxing, coffee-by-the-garden-side-kind of feeling.

What we tried:

  • Chicken Parmigiana (P15o)
  • Baby Back Ribs (P360) *
  • Lengua (P180)
  • Tuna Melt sandwich (P120)
  • Iced Butterscotch Coffee (P120) *
  • Benguet Brewed Coffee (P120)

Munching Budget: P200-300 per person

Address: 36 Maginhawa Street, Diliman, Quezon City

Telephone #: 4349487

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Year-ender Cousins’ Date

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7. Leona Art Cafe

-This laid-back artsy restaurant offers really tasty and cheesy pizza at an affordable price. The place looks kinda old which added to the artsy vibe of the restaurant. They have a fixed promo of P499 for three kinds of pizza but the Three Cheese and the Pepperoni are a staple so you will only choose the third one. I’d say it is already enough for 6-10 people since you can enjoy three types of pizza for only P499. When I went out with my cousins (we were 6), we only paid P75 each for the three types of pizza we indulged ourselves on:-)

Munching Budget: P75-100/person if in a group

Address: 45 Matimtiman Street, Teachers Village, Quezon City

Telephone #: 9297490

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Pepperoni Pizza

Pepperoni Pizza

Three-Cheese Pizza

Three-Cheese Pizza

8. The Baker’s Table

This is a small dessert place where you can buy cakes which are very Pinoy in taste such as the Milo Mousse Cake, the MikMik Cake, HawHaw Cake, Butterball Cake, Viva Caramel Cake, and even Puto Bumbong Cake. You can even go on a nostalgia talk with your friends or family while munching on the sweets since the tastes of the cakes could really remind you of your childhood days. When I went here with my cousins, we just ordered 4 variants of cakes and just shared with each other so we can all have a taste of the different cake flavors.

What we tried:

  • Milo Mousse Cake (P120/slice) *
  • Butterball Cake (P110/slice) *
  • Mikmik Cake (P110/slice)
  • Puto Bumbong Cake (P120/slice) *

Munching Budget: P120-P150 per person

Address: 880B Maginhawa Street, Quezon City

Telephone #: 0917-5766001, 4337543

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Milo Mousse Cake

Milo Mousse Cake

Puto Bumbong Cake

Puto Bumbong Cake

MikMik Cake

MikMik Cake

Butterball Cake

Butterball Cake

9. Breakfast and Pies

Another restaurant owned by the people behind Pino and Pipino, Breakfast and Pies serve unique breakfast dishes, home-made pies, gourmet waffles, and fresh bread. You may also want to avail of their 50% off promo on their breads during closing hours (which me and my sister!). We got 10 pieces of cheese rolls for only P15/each. Their Mombana Hot Chocolate is really for the win! It tastes like Chuckie choco drink, but only made hot.

What we tried: 

  • Mombana Hot Chocolate (P75) *
  • Malongo Coffee (P75) *
  • Cheese Rolls (P30/piece) *

Munching Budget: P100-200

Address: 39 Malingap Street,Teachers Village, Quezon City

Telephone #: 4411773

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10. The Porch by Casa Verde

One of my favorites in this side of the city, The Porch by Casa Verde serves American home-style comfort food like ribs, steaks, hamburgers, pastas, sandwiches and desserts at a budget-friendly prices. Dining in their porch area gives me that feeling like I’m really in a country-side American house. Their single serve of ribs is already good for sharing for 2-3 people.

What we tried:

  • Brian’s Ribs (P250, single order) *
  • Tenderloin Tips and Eggs (P198) *
  • Best Sampler (P328) – bacon & cheese, potato skins, fried cheese and buffalo wings *
  • Caramel Macchiato Ice Cake (P218) *
  • Lauren’s Lava cake (P188) *

Munching Budget: P250-400 per person

Address: 113 Anonas Extension, Sikatuna Village, Quezon City

Telephone #: 9527178

The Fam-bam :-)

The Fam-bam 🙂

Brian's Ribs

Brian’s Ribs

Caramel Macchiato Ice Cake

Caramel Macchiato Ice Cake

Lauren's Lava

Lauren’s Lava

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I only put here ten restaurants but there are still many restos worth trying in Maginhawa Street. Indeed, this street is food haven! 😀

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