A food park is every foodie’s heaven, luring all of us with a variety of options from a multitude of food stalls and with the convenience of being located in one place. Not only do food parks offer choices and convenience, they’re also known to be easy on the pocket.
It’s no surprise that it’s become such a hit, popping out left and right in different locations inside and even outside the metro this past year!
Here are eight of the food parks that entered the local foodie scene and made 2016 the year of food parks:
1. StrEat: Commonwealth Food Park
Quezon City’s Maginhawa Street has always been a foodie heaven for those who live up north. It’s always an adventure to walk down the length of the street, looking for which restaurant or stall to eat in.
Deciding where to go can already be challenging as is but it reached a whole new level when food parks began to sprout along this famed street. One that opened in 2015 is StrEat: Maginhawa Food Park, which became so successful that another StrEat Food Park was opened last year — this time along Commonwealth!
Not sure where to start once you get to StrEat: Commonwealth Food Park? Ozawa Noritako is a favorite among foodies for its Mexican and Japanese fusion.
Don’t forget to try the noritako, which is pretty much a cross between a nori sushi and taco. StrEat: Commonwealth Food Park also has stalls such as Flaming Moo Grilled Burgers, Sakiboy (you’ll find buttered fried chicken here!), and Seoul Food.
Craving for something sweet? Don’t miss out on the ombre cake and rainbow cheesecake of Hue Cafe! They’re so pretty that you’ve probably already seen them grace your social media feeds!
StrEat: Commonwealth Food Park is located at Lot 20 Block 177 Don Mariano Marcos Avenue, Novaliches, Quezon City.
2. The Yard
The Katipunan area is one of the places motorists try to avoid due to heavy traffic, especially when classes are dismissed in the nearby schools for the day. It doesn’t help any when container vans join the fray and we can’t help but dread the sight of them, all lined up on the truck lane. But who knew that it would only take food to make us excited and happy at their sight?
The Yard is a food park in Xavierville, Quezon City that houses 30 (yes, you read that right! 30!) stalls inside container vans that are stacked on top of each other! It might seem really overwhelming at first but we promise you that not only will you have a good time eating but you’ll also enjoy the live performances by bands and other artists. The Yard created such a buzz among foodies that it made its way to our top ten most popular restaurants list twice!
Among those that you must try while at The Yard is Little Wondang and don’t forget to order the DIY Korean Barbecue! Black Plate is another favorite among foodies, especially for its BurriSushi (a burrito and sushi hybrid!). Out for drinks with your family or friends? Epicure is where you can find craft beers and cocktails like the Cherry Mojito!
The Yard also has its own Instagram star in the form of Dip N’ Dough’s doughnut ice cream! In her looloo review, Christine Anne D. said that it’s “perfect for the sweet tooth” and “worth the wait” because the doughnut cone is made fresh!
The Yard is located at 83 Xavierville Avenue, Loyola Heights, Quezon City.
3. Merkanto: International Street Food Fair
If you’re looking for a food park whose offerings follow a theme, then Merkanto is what just what you need. Just as its name suggests, Merkanto offers street food from a variety of international cuisines both familiar and probably foreign to local foodies.
Leading the pack of international cuisines that we know well are Merkanto’s Vietnamese offerings. Try the Mi Xiao Mem, which is very similar to the Pad Thai. Reich T. describes it as “oozing with flavors” in her looloo review and recommends that you pair it with chili tamarind paste and chili flakes for the added kick.
Feeling adventurous? Go for Moroccan cuisine! Try the Beef Kefta Briouat (ground beef triangles with baba ghanoush eggplant) and the Maakouda (potato fritters). You can also have a taste of South America through Brazilian dishes like USDA Beef Rib Churasco and Coxinha (chicken and cheese croquette)!
Merkanto: International Street Food Fair is located at 38 Mayaman Street, UP Village, Quezon City.
4. Grub Hub
At Grub Hub, food isn’t the only thing that’s camera ready. Even the design of the place is picture-perfect! Divided into three themed dining areas (one of them is air-conditioned!), Grub Hub is one of the hippest, trendiest food parks here in the metro. Even the design of the stalls are inspired by the hobbit holes in the Lord of the Rings and is aptly named the Hobbit Hall!
So what can you find these food-filled hobbit holes? Why, you’ll find a UP legend in one of them! Mang Larry’s Isawan, the famed barbecue joint you used to only find in the University of the Philippines Diliman, now has a bigger space for those who can’t get enough of the famous isaw.
Wicked Kitchen is another favorite in the UP area (Maginhawa, to be exact!) that you can find in Grub Hub. Known for its desserts named after the Seven Deadly Sins, sweet treats like the foodie favorite Greed (s’mores skillet) is a sinful, decadent way to end your meal.
Other stalls you can find at Grub Hub include Cafe Fratello, the go-to place at Grub Hub for all your frappe cravings, Yzzy Eats, which serves Bacon Fried Like Chicken (it is what it says it is!), and comfort food hub, Miggy Piggy.
Grub Hub is located at 47 Visayas Avenue corner Congressional Avenue Extension, Quezon City.
5. Backyard Food Park
While its distance is enough to earn itself the nickname we’ve all probably heard by now (we’re referring to “Farview” for the uninitiated), Fairview is creating a lot of hype as one of the newest foodie destinations in the metro. In fact, its growing number of food parks is one of the reasons why many of us brave the traffic and distance just to get to this part of Quezon City.
When you explore all the stalls at Backyard Food Park, you’ll see that this place is pretty much a meat lover’s paradise. From the Bibimbap and Samgyupsal offerings of Bim & Sam to the Hungarian sausages and burgers with black buns of Getta Pound Burger & Sausages, there’s a lot of beef and pork to go around. Love adobo? Backyard Food Park is home to Adobo Ko ‘To, which serves adobo in a variety of ways.
If you prefer seafood over meat, don’t miss out on Mr. Crabs and have your choice of seafood (crabs and prawns, among others) cooked just the way you want them by picking the sauce they’re cooked in!
Backyard Food Park is at Lot 11 Block 7, Regalado Avenue corner Coronet Street, Fairview, Quezon City.
6. Crave Park
Whether you’re looking for something familiar or you’re willing to venture into something new, you’ll surely find something at Crave Park that suits you.
Food park staple Tokyo Tempura is one of the stalls at Crave Park, serving unlimited tempura for just under 200 pesos! Other familiar names you’ll find here are Uncle Moe’s Shawarma as well as Barrio Fiesta, which ventures into food park dining through The Archipelago.
Other food park staples that you’ll find over at Crave Park include chicken wings (KM 128 Wing Joint), burgers (Hunger Buster), and craft beer (Spin The Bottle Bar).
But if you’re up for new cuisines and flavors you’ve never tried before, try Lil Taipei which serves Taiwanese street food like beef cubes and chicken chops. On the other hand, Kwatro Cubanos introduces diners to Cuban food and serves sandwiches with a Filipino twist.
Crave Park is located at Block 3 Lot 22-24, Mayor Gil Fernando Avenue, Sto. Niño, Marikina.
7. The Food Haven at 77
Once you step inside The Food Haven at 77, you’ll probably feel like you’ve entered a house that’s preparing for a big salu-salo or fiesta. The Food Haven at 77 is an indoor food park that is fully air-conditioned so you’re sure to have a more comfortable time while eating! You’ll find over 20 food stalls inside, each with its own speciality that you won’t find in the neighboring stalls.
If you’re yearning for the feeling of comfort that comes with a home cooked meal, Auntie May’s is a must for you. Try the bestseller, the Angus Beef Salpicao, which Ruth S. says is “one of the best salpicao” in her looloo review, describing the beef in particular as “tender and oh so flavorful”.
Other stalls you’ll find at The Food Haven include Fiyah Peri Peri Grilled Chicken (grilled meats), Kitchen Chong (Tex-Mex), Tapao (bao sandwiches), Fibonacci Pizza Divino (brick oven pizzas), and Xurreria (churros). The Food Haven even has a bar that’s made possible through a partnership with Jack Daniels!
The Food Haven at 77 is located at East Capitol Drive, Kapitolyo, Pasig.
8. Carnival Food Park
Rarely do we see carnivals in the metro these days. As a matter of fact, we have to go to the province and join a fiesta to enjoy all the things that we love so much about carnivals — the rides, bright lights, perya booths, and countless food stalls. But lucky for us, one of the newest food parks in town is bringing this childhood favorite closer to us!
Carnival Food Park is the latest addition to the food park concept that has swept through 2016, opening its doors to the public just as the year was about to draw to a close. Carnival Food Park aims to give its diners an authentic carnival experience with KTV rooms and live performances. There will even be fun games for both kids and adults to enjoy!
There are currently more than 20 food stalls that you can choose from once your stomach starts grumbling after singing or playing to your heart’s content. Those who can’t get enough of bagnet should try Brewskie Pasta Hub’s Wen Manong pasta (it has longganisa too!) as well as Kuxina’s Crispy Kare Kare.
Can’t have a complete carnival experience without the sweets? The Milkshake Lab is there to take care of all your milkshake cravings. The Amazing Churros & Fantastic Dips is also set to open soon at Carnival Food Park. With the many choices of dips that will be available, eating churros is about to get even more fun!
Carnival Food Park is located at Mayor Gil Fernando Avenue, Sta. Elena, Marikina.