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Best Local Chain Eats in Metro Manila

April 15th, 2011 by

Manila, the capital of the Philippines, is a gastronomic roller coaster ride.

Check out some of the best and most typical chain restaurants close to the best Metro Manila hotels.

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Andok’s
Makati, Las Pinas, Makati, Manila, Paranaque, Pasay, Pasig, Quezon City, San Juan, and Taguig

Andok’s is primarily known for litson manok (roasted chicken) prepared on rotating skewers behind piping hot grills enclosed in glass. The juicy chicken is the main draw but fried chicken, barbequed pork, roasted pork, and even breakfast, is available.

Goodah
Sucat, Bicutan, San Juan, Manila, and Malabon

Goodah’s famous slogan is: “Open 25 Hours.” The chain serves knockout congee or lugaw (rice porridge) that is perfect during the rainy season.

Max’s Restaurant
Caloocan, Makati, Mandaluyong, Manila, Marikina, Muntinlupa, Malabon, Pasig, Paranaque, Pasay, Las Pinas, San Juan, Taguig, Valenzuela, Rizal, Quezon City, Taytay, and Taguig

This restaurant has been around since 1945. It has endeared itself to the hearts of millions of Filipinos because of its signature fried chicken that is cooked just right.  It is currently referred to as “The House that fried chicken built.”

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Razon’s of Guagua
Alabang, Quezon City, Makati, San Juan, Paranaque, Pasig, Mandaluyong, Manila, and Pasay

For a mere USD 5, anyone can chow down on Razon’s famous pancit luglug (noodles) and halo halo (assorted sweets with shaved ice). It’s also a great place for full meals and other local dishes.

Tapa King
Caloocan, Makati, Mandaluyong, Manila, Pasay, Pasig, Quezon City, San Juan, Sucat, and Taguig

Tapa King prides itself on its top-secret family recipe for tapa (cured beef slices). The tapa dishes are prepared in various ways – some sweet, some super spicy. Each serving comes with a cup of rice and a sunny-side-up egg.

Via Mare
Pasay, Quezon City, Makati, Alabang, Mandaluyong, San Juan, Pasay, and Pasig

Via Mare has been around since 1975. The “ultimate Filipino café” serves food perfect for any time of day, from bibingka (steamed rice cakes with salted egg) to a variety of noodle dishes.

Cabalen
Alabang, Quezon City, Manila, Makati, and Mandaluyong

Cabalen has been feeding Filipinos for almost 25 years. This chain offers a scrumptious array of Filipino’s most-loved local dishes served buffet style at an affordable price. It is common to see huge groups, mostly composed of people coming home from abroad, enjoying the restaurant’s spread with family and friends.

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Goldilocks
Caloocan, Las Pinas, Makati, Malabon, Mandaluyong, Manila, Marikina, Muntinlupa, Paranaque, Pasay, Pasig, Quezon City, San Juan, Taguig, and Valenzuela

Goldilocks is a bakeshop and restaurant so famous that it’s customary for relatives to bring packs of sweets from the chain as treats for visitors. Best-sellers include polvoron (sweetened milk candies) and a wide range of delectable cakes.

Ma Mon Luk
Quezon City and Manila

Over three generations have witnessed the success of Ma Mon Luk’s enterprise.  The fare is not entirely Filipino but still notable among the best food stops in Manila. The restaurant is known for siopao (steamed pork dumpling) served with the family’s secret sauce and best partnered with a piping hot bowl of chicken mami (chicken noodle soup).

Rodic’s
Makati and Quezon City

Rodic’s main branch at the University of the Philippines will always have a special place in the hearts of graduates. The place is usually packed with students, professors and anyone craving killer affordable tapsilog (salt-cured beef, fried rice and fried egg).

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