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There are tons of restaurants surrounding the QC area, and many foodies from all over the Metro visit them despite the horrible traffic.
In everyday circumstances, though, you can’t really rely on a mode of transportation other than your own two feet – especially when you’re just having your school lunch. Check out this list of go-to restos Ateneans love!
Xocolat – Gonzales St.
Serving a variety of innovative chocolate-infused savory dishes, Xocolat is a restaurant that’s perfect for chocolate lovers and adventurous foodies.
Recommended dishes: Xocolat Chicken Pasta, The Ultimate Xocolat Burger, Spiced Xoco Chicken, Old Fashioned Drink, and Bittersweet Drink
Tetsuo – Loyola Heights
Tetsuo is a restaurant that offers up affordable Japanese dishes – signature fried chicken, soba, baos, and katsudon – perfect for those on a budget!
Recommended dishes: Karaage + Soba, Pork Bun, and Ice Cream Bun
Gino’s Brick Oven Pizza – Katipunan Ave.
Italian pizza baked in an authentic brick oven. What else can you ask for? How about delicious pasta and dishes? Fret not, Gino’s also serves must-try pasta and other Italian food. Check out their Salted Egg Pasta next time you visit, it’s definitely a different experience for the taste buds.
Recommended pizza flavors: Four Cheese, Salami, and Bacon Gouda
Shakey’s – Katipunan Ave.
Shakey’s Katipunan has been up and running for a very long time now. It’s the usual barkada place for Ateneans. It’s a 24-hour place to study, meet for projects, or watch the televised games of different sports.
Recommended dishes: Manager’s Choice Pizza, Shakey’s Special, Chicken ‘N’ Mojos Blowout, Bunch of Lunch
Sweet Inspirations – Katipunan Ave.
It is one of the longest-running restaurants in Katipunan. 22 years since it began and it is still satisfying customers who visit them. The place offers a laid-back vibe perfect for a cozy dining experience either with family or friends.
Notable dishes they offer: Mongolian Rice Bowls, Chicken Corndon Bleu, Oil-Based Seafood Pasta
Walrus – Katipunan
Walrus is an urban beach bar that serves affordable cold beer and comforting pub grub. It is located right across Ateneo de Manila University.
Blake’s Wings & Steaks – Katipunan Ave.
Best known for their wings and steaks, this is another one of San Roque’s best-kept secret restaurants! Their buffalo wings have that right amount of spiciness and work perfectly well with their bleu cheese dip.
Recommended dishes: Pork Ribs, BBQ Chicken Wings, Original Porterhouse Steak, and Spaghetti with Dried Tuyo in Olive Oil
Starr’s Famous Shakes – Esteban Abada St.
Your milkshake craving will surely be satisfied here at Starr’s. They have almost any flavor you might think of, and if they don’t you can always customize your shake.
Notable shake flavors they offer: Red Velvet, Choco Cookies & Almond Roca, Peanut Butter/ Banana/ Caramel, Toffee
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Flaming Wings – Katipunan Ave.
Quick, affordable, and convenient, Flaming Wings is situated nearly in the middle of the Katipunan stretch. Students go here to grab a quick bite of wings, chicken tenders, and their well-known Wicked Oreos.
Notable wing flavors they offer: Garlic Parmesan, Hot Honey, K-Pop, and Nashville Heat
Chubby Chicken – Esteban Abada St.
This one’s another go-to chicken place. Their simple flavor-coated chicken is a must-try. They also infuse their special chicken with their other dishes such as pasta, sandwiches, and even tacos.
Recommended dishes: Chubby Chicken, Chubby Tacos, Chicken Parmigiana, Chubby Oreos, Chubby Twinkies
Go! Salads – F.B. Dela Rosa St.
They have great-tasting salads at affordable prices. This is the place to get your quick and fresh salad fix especially to the health-conscious customers in the area. It’s even conveniently and strategically located near a gym.
Recommended dishes: Sgt. Steak Salad, Tuktuk Salad, Rock Smoothie, and Hummingbird
La Carnita Modern Mexican Cantina – Loyola Heights Condominium
La Carnita Modern Mexican Cantina is a restaurant that offers up a selection of Mexican comfort food ranging from tacos to Tex Mex Fried Chicken and even classic Mexican dishes such as elotes and jalapeno coleslaw.
Recommended dishes: Nachos Ala Bomba, Plain Quesadilla, and Spanish Hot Chocolate
Brickfire Oven Roasted Steaks and Chops – Loyola Heights
Brickfire is a fast-casual diner serving affordable oven-roasted steaks and chops, which are certified Batangas-farmed beef baked in a brick oven.
Recommended dishes: Mac and Cheese, Duke Tenderloin Steak, Kansas Ribs, and Angus Steak
McDonald’s – multiple branches
A staple fast-food chain all over the world, you can’t go wrong if you order their cheeseburgers and of course, their world-famous fries.
Recommended dishes: Fries and McFloat, Apple Pie, Cheeseburger, 6 pc McNuggets
Jollibee – Katipunan Ave.
Jollibee is the country’s largest fast-food chain and the birthplace of iconic Chickenjoy and Jolly Spaghetti.
Recommended dishes: Jolly Spaghetti, Peach Mango Pie, Palabok, Cheesy Classic Jolly Hotdog, Burger Steak with Rice
Fun fact: Their Katipunan branch is newly renovated and comes complete with wireless charging stations.
Kenny Rogers Roasters – Katipunan Ave
Specializing in homestyle meals and delicious American dishes, Kenny Rogers Roasters’ chicken has been a staple for Filipino families presently and for generations to come because of their mouthwatering steaks, ribs, famous corn muffins, and side combination possibilities.
Recommended dishes: Grilled Chicken Plate, Rib and Chicken Platter, Corn Muffin
Banapple Pies and Cheesecakes – multiple branches
Banapple Pies and Cheesecakes is a classic Filipino favorite for their homey ambiance and their delicious simple comfort food such as all-day breakfast dishes and decadent desserts.
Notable dishes they offer: Lasagna Roll-Ups, Chicken Parmigiano, and their Banoffee Pie
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We’re pretty sure there are more awesome restaurants around ADMU to go to. Please do share other places and neat insider tips in the comments section below for us and all foodies reading this blog.