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    What Can You Eat for P100 in Cabanatuan?

    On Cagayan Valley road in Cabanatuan on the way to Isabela, Tutubi's driver pointed out a restaurant he recommended for lunch but since it was too early, they decided to have lunch there instead on their return trip to Manila.

    It took Tutubi more than 5 hours to travel to Cabanatuan from Santiago City due to heavy traffic in Santiago City's fiesta aggravated by the gridlock in Cabanatuan caused by the "million" tricycles weaving their way throughout the city.

    Tutubi's driver took a bypass road from crossing passing by Barangay Kapitan Pepe, Capitol and Texas Hotel and Traveller's Inn back into Maharlika Highway where Circle's Restaurant is located.

    They waited in line at the jam-packed restaurant where a wedding reception was held and naturally, food was taken much faster than waiters can replenish at the buffet table so they decided to activate plan B: transfer to another all you can eat restaurant near Circles.

    Just a few meters Circle's Restaurant is another place offering the same tack at the same price of P100: Honeys Grill and Restaurant shaded with a big aratilis tree and other plants. The place has no air-conditioning but is cool enough due to the presence of chicken wire-like porous walls allowing air from the outside to circulate.

    Menu included balaw-balaw, adobo, pinakbet, ginataang kalabasa, caldereta, and chicken curry with salad, leche flan and gelatin. You get all these for only P100 or P120 for additional bottomless softdrinks or iced tea.

    Over-all, food at Honey's Grill is not something to rave about since it's just ordinary to Tutubi's quite discerning taste; but the price tag for such an "all you can eat" menu makes it a recommended place to eat for budget travelers like him wishing to squeeze the most out of P100 bill whose value shrinks due to high inflation aggravated by the rising cost of fuel prices. (for foreign readers' information: US$1 = P45)

    After indulging in two full plates, iced tea and desserts, headed out to find the former concentration camp immortalized in the Hollywood movie "The Great Raid" plus the visit to Cabanatuan Cathedral to visit the Antonio Luna monument interrupted by a sudden rain that rendered parts of the "tricycle capital of the Philippines" flooded.

    another all you can eat place spotted by Tutubi in Baliuag, Bulacan: Mango Tango Restaurant

    About 4 hours later, Tutubi's back to his lair somewhere in Metro Manila.

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    posted by GingGoy @ 10:13 PM,


    At Aug 30, 2008, 6:30:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Looks tempting and delicious - as always from you. Very nice prices too: for that, you can't even have only the rise in Norway.

    At Aug 30, 2008, 10:12:00 AM, Blogger pusa said...

    wow ang mumura naman ng eat all you can nila

    At Aug 30, 2008, 9:57:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Honey's Grill... hahaha... parang sa asawa ko yan ha. :)

    At Aug 31, 2008, 9:05:00 AM, Blogger carlotta1924 said...

    ok na rin ang presyo nila sa eat all you can. so naka ilang plato ka? :P

    At Aug 31, 2008, 11:21:00 AM, Blogger GingGoy said...

    RennyBA, it's too cheap for all that food on the buffet table. Usual policy you have to pay double if you have leftovers.

    Pusa, mura talaga. last time i saw something like that was in Davao, greenhills area yata, but that was years ago.

    Toe, o nga para ngang sa inyo.

    carlotta, 2 lang plato plus yung dessert and 3 iced tea...hehe

    At Aug 31, 2008, 12:12:00 PM, Blogger Kyels said...

    That's not too bad - if you eat to live and not otherwise!


    At Aug 31, 2008, 6:16:00 PM, Blogger ITSURA said...

    Hi There! Why don't we go back to Isabela together? I am intending to go back to Isabela in time, with my stuff. I now produces high end DVD's LOL! Why don't we talk it over maybe we can have a joint project. I can extnd my services and facility to you and look for media partners. I just did a project for Sagrada Familia. Don't forget to tell me also if you have upcoming projects, basta week ends lang ha? May work kasi ako pag regular days.

    Let's do a video travel blog. Medyo confident na ako ngayon kasi naka pag upgrade na ako. I can have sponsor where to stay. Maliit lang Isabela, we can get as many materials we can.

    Email me at I'm looking forward to it let's say: "Backpacking with Alimukon", then we'll produce a video documentary. I'm serious about it.

    By the way I am the Great Grandson of the Greatest Ibanag Warrior: General Mateo Noriel Luga, you can search for his name at googles.

    God bless,

    Kuya Roy

    At Aug 31, 2008, 6:46:00 PM, Blogger GingGoy said...

    kyels, too cheap to be ignored.

    bantayog, what do you propose? that isabela trip was an official one where i insert sidetrips and visit places

    At Sep 3, 2008, 8:23:00 AM, Blogger Photo Cache said...

    Glad you found another cheap eats. More food for your money is always welcome to a traveler.

    At Sep 4, 2008, 11:01:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    wow.. the food looks great and even more amazing with its super duper prices ! $2 for such a great meal is one heck of a deal :)

    At Nov 5, 2008, 1:42:00 AM, Blogger Nina said...

    wow, it's a great deal :)

    At Feb 23, 2009, 7:13:00 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

    hello tutubi.. nice piece. what would you suggest for a lone woman filipina backpacker(newbie) where to stay cheap & safe on a monthly basis in the metro but close to any public transpo to everywhere? in your opinion, how much will i need to be able to go around & visit some of the nice places you visited? thanks for the tip.. God bless!

    At Feb 23, 2009, 7:17:00 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

    i'm planning a trip alone to the Pinas as a backpacker.. i'm in my 60s but i know i can do it.. kindly suggest a clean & safe & cheap place to stay for a month or more(as a base) within the metro that is near public transpo so i can easily get around using your numerous tips here.. kyou & God bless!

    At Feb 23, 2009, 9:19:00 PM, Blogger GingGoy said...

    clemencia, your a backpacking senior citizen? i wish i can still backpack when i reach your age. if you're staying here for a month, it's best to stay at an appartel for they offer monthly rentals at cheaper prices. will ask around for one but i recommend places near the LRT/MRT and also depends on your budget

    At Jul 10, 2009, 11:03:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    That's nice of you mentioning our Restaurant (Mango Tango Restaurant) on your site. Here in Baliuag Bulacan we are the first to offer a Buffet restaurant. Again thanks.


    At Mar 25, 2011, 10:25:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    how can i reach the Restaurant? i want to try ur foods there...and where is the exact location ...can u pls specify also the tel. nos. thanks ...


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