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    Native Filipino Restaurants in Quezon City, Food Trip Recommendations

    This is Tutubi's personal list of Filipino restaurants he visits in Quezon City, with native restaurants at least and some Asian cuisine at most that caters to all budgets (except the exclusive and super expensive) from hole-in-the-wall, frugal food finds to "fun dining" place. Some were his own discoveries, while a few were from travel or food TV shows like GMA's Kapuso Mo Jessica Soho, GMA News TV Pop Talk, Biyahe Ni Drew, Ang Pinaka, et al for your own version of Quezon City food trip.

    As always, Tutubi paid for all his meals at these restaurants, no "pay to praise" posts here nor glowing reviews due to freebies or free meals. The list does not include native restaurants that has gone mainstream (too many branches) outside Quezon City.

    If you know of other places, frugal food finds, vegetarian food, halal restaurants in Quezon City, or any recommendation, please leave a comment as Tutubi knows there are many others out there still waiting to be sampled:

    List of Quezon City Restaurants (Native Filipino or Asian at most):


    Alavar Seafood Grill and Restaurant (
    Address: Timog Avenue, Quezon City
    Remarks: try Zamboanga City's curacha and Alavar Sauce)


    Aling Conching Native Chicken and Fast Food
    Quezon Avenue
    Remarks: closed down


    Bagoong Club
    Address: Scout Dr. Lazcano near corner Tomas Morato
    Remarks: Bagoong themed
    Specialties: different versions of bagoong, Bulalo with mongo,
    Budget: PhP175.00 up

    Carinderia Buffet
    Address: V. Luna Avenue corner Mabilis Street, Diliman
    Remarks: the cheapest buffet with native Filipino dishes
    Budget: PhP149.00/person

    Casa Naimas
    Address: Tomas Morato near corner Kamuning
    Remarks: Ilocos empanada and other Ilocano cuisine

    Countryside Grill
    Katipunan Avenue, Barangay Blue Ridge
    Specialties: pork barbeque, crispy dinuguan, calderata

    Dannylicious Barbeque
    25 Rajah Matanda St., Project 4, Quezon City
    Telephone Number: +63.2.440.7996
    Specialty: pork barbeque
    Remarks: frugal food find

    Farinas Ilocos Empanada
    Locations: West Avenue, Visayas Avenue
    Specialties: Ilocos Empanada, Bagnet, Pinakbet
    Remarks: frugal food find

    Gayuma ni Maria
    Address: 123 V. Luna Extension (Maginhawa Street), Sikatuna Village, Quezon City
    Open 10am-11pm on Monday to Saturday; 10am-10pm on Sundays.
    Telephone numbers: +6.32.441.4872; +63.921.681.8989

    Jek's Kubo Bulalo at Ulo-ulo
    Location: Maginhawa St. UP Teachers Village:
    Specialties: bulalo

    Kanin Club
    UP-Ayala Technohub
    Remarks: recommend the sinfully good crispy dinuguan
    Budget: PhP300.00+

    Lechon Capital of Quezon City
    La Loma with lechon (roasted pigs) shops and restaurants led by Ping-ping Lechon

    Little Quiapo
    90 Malakas St, Brgy. Pinyahan (back of SSS)
    Diliman, Quezon City
    Specialties: palabok and halo-halo

    Mang Jimmy's
    Balara (near Balara Water Filtration Park)
    Specialties: Tapa mix and sizzling pork sisig

    Mang Jimmy's best-seller: the Tapa Mix served on a sizzling plate: yummy and tender at PhP120.00 per order


    Mixxx CP3 Vigan's Best
    Branches: Maginhawa Street and C.P. Garcia (Bulalo at Inihaw)
    Remarks: Ilocano food e.g. Bulalo iloko, poqui-poqui, dinakdakan

    Myrna's Bulalo Haus
    Address: Tomas Morato corner Kamuning
    Specialty: Bulalo (of course)

    Nena's Special Bibingka and Restaurant
    Address: Gen Romulo St., Cubao, Quezon City
    Specialties: native filipino delicacies: bibingka, puto bumbong, puto kutsinta

    O'ini Taste of Kapampangan
    Address: 63 Xavierville Avenue, Quezon City
    Telephone Number: +63.2.238.2521; +63.927.931.7360; +63.947.554.5502

    Pan de Amerikana
    Location: Katipunan Avenue near Boni Serrano
    Remarks: sports the inverted house design, with chess tables similar to
    the original chess-themed Marikina restaurant

    upside down housethe inverted house cum restaurant has a real red range rover with functioning headlights (photo taken by Tutubi's friend using a newly-acquired Nikon D90)

    Pares Mami House (Quezon City)
    Address: Amoranto (Retiro) corner Dr. Alejos
    Coordinates: 14°37'38"N 120°59'34"E

    Partners Pares
    Location: Roosevelt Ave, near the San Francisco bridge
    and Quezon Avenue

    Robina Chicken House
    Munoz, Roosevelt Avenue
    Remarks: in front of Munoz Market, serves roast chicken for more than 30 years already amidst all the competition

    Rodic's Diner
    Locations: University of the Philippines and Maginhawa Street, UP Teachers Village
    Specialties: beef tapa (tapsilog)

    Romulo Cafe
    Address: Scout Tuason cor. Scout Dr. Lazcano Quezon City
    Telephone Number: +63.2.332.7275
    Remarks: homey restaurant owned by the family of Carlos P. Romulo
    Budget: PhP400.00 per head up

    Sabroso's Lechon
    Address: E. Rodriguez corner Tomas Morato
    Specialty: pork lechon

    Satti Grill House
    Address: SM City Fairview food court
    Quirino Avenue corner Regalado


    Shabu-Shabu sa GW
    Anonas Extension (between V. Luna and Kamias Road)
    Telephone Number: +63.2.343.0178
    Remarks: serves shabu-shabu with Filipino ingredients, featured on Kapuso Mo Jessica Soho (June 9, 2013 episode)

    Snackaroo
    Matalino St. near Sulo Hotel

    Spicy Tongue
    Location: Timog Avenue
    Specialties: Bicolano cuisine kinalas, laing/pinangat, bicol express et al

    TatyStar Bakery
    Address: 45 Anonas Extension, Brgy Sikatuna, Quezon City
    Specialties: Toasted siopao (Naga specialty) (they even sell frozen tinuktok, sort of like laing)

    The Alaskan Salmon Ulo Ulo House
    98 D. Roces Avenue
    Contact Number: +63.2.411.5391


    Parilla
    Address: Scout Reyes corner Scout Gandia Street
    Specialties: Chicken Inasal, Kansi (Ilonggo version of Bulalo)

    Umbul Satu Cuisine.
    154 Maginhawa St.
    UP Teachers Village
    Status: The only halal restaurant in the area. Closed down 2012


    Vieva Satti Haus
    Address: 9 BMA Ave cor 94 Katinlad St., Tatalon, Quezon City
    Telephone: +63.2.473.2591
    Remarks: serves satti and other Tausug delicacies from Zamboanga. located near corner E. Rodriguez

    Tutubi is not in any way connected with any of these restaurants/eateries listed here nor did he received freebies/free meals in exchange. For reservations and appointments, sample menu prices, events parties, please call the restaurant contact numbers or visit their official website.

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