It takes effort to seek this hidden place out, but it’s one worth the struggle. Indulge in the savory tastes of Latin American street food with your beers, and don’t miss either their fried or signature roasted chicken — simple recipes that don’t require anything else to stand out.
Holy Smokes BBQ
Matilde Corner Jacobo Street, Poblacion, Makati
(+63) 917 532 9361, (+63) 917 503 6544 | Facebook, Instagram
Open Tuesday to Saturday from 5 P.M. to 12 A.M., and Sunday from 11 A.M. to 2 P.M., 5 P.M. to 9 P.M.
You’ll never want to go to another barbecue restaurant again after hitting up Holy Smokes BBQ. Their menu of meat — pit-roasted and fall-off-the-bone tender ribs, chicken, and brisket — is sinfully indulgent, just the way meat should be. It’s the late night restaurant to be in when you’re hungry for meat to go with your thirst for alcohol.
With all the restaurants offering sinful and indulgent food fit for meat-lovers, a vegetarian-friendly place such as Hummus Elijah stands out. You might not be used to the type of cuisine they serve, but a Poblacion food crawl is all about adventure. Try their take on hummus, meat optional.
36 Polaris corner Durban Street, Poblacion, Makati City
(+632) 275 63 24, (+63) 919 859 5848 | Website, Facebook, Instagram
Open Monday to Thursday from 8 A.M. to 12 A.M., Friday to Saturday from 8 A.M. to 1 A.M., Sunday from 11 A.M. to 7 P.M.
This third wave café with its house felines that roam freely around provides shelter to those who seek peace and quiet over a warm cup of coffee. Come for the 3D latte art its baristas handcraft for you, or just go people watching with your dog in tow.
Bean & Yolk
Bean & Yolk is the best place to grab your breakfast. As the name suggests, you can’t dine in without trying their specialty coffee and organic eggs dishes that will surely perk up your morning.
5666 Don Pedro Street, Poblacion, Makati
(+63) 916 754 5140 | Website, Facebook, Instagram
Open Tuesday to Thursday from 11 A.M. to 10 P.M., Friday to Saturday from 11 A.M. to 11 P.M., and Sunday from 11 A.M. to 10 P.M.
A standalone hole-in-the-wall selling treats of the same name made popular by Toby’s Estate, Bucky’s promises so much more than what we’d expect. Indulge in a Buckygato (milk soft serve, Original Bucky’s and an espresso shot) especially on a particularly hot afternoon.
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