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M.I.Y.O Monday: Where To Go For Late Night Eats?

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Shot with my mobile phone at 1am. Not too bad for such a late-night (or is that early morning?) attempt.

Note: M.I.Y.O. Monday stands for Make It Your Own Monday, a question thrown out to DCF readers every Monday to jumpstart the week with lively interaction. I also welcome questions and suggestions for future MIYO Mondays. Email me.

Where do you eat when everything else has closed down for the night?

Dress has been hung up and set aside to be dry-cleaned. I’ve washed my face twice and scrubbed off my make-up. And what a relief it is to step out of my heels and into more comfortable heel-less shoes. As if on cue, the hunger pangs make themselves felt – and heard. Shallow, then deep rumblings affixed to an abyss increasing in depth.

Oh, so dramatic! But hunger often is. What was that someone once said about “…not living right if one has not eaten right?” The event was enjoyable but look-at-me fancy, and this all too often precludes eating. What a waste of lipstick, after all. Heehee.

In the car, my Bin and I mentally run through our list of the usual late night suspects. It’s past midnight and we crave for the burgers at Draft but while their bar is open, the kitchen is closed. Liquids are not food, so on we go. Don’t feel like North Park, though the salpicao at Whistlestop presents a possibility.

Where else? Where else?

We end up where we always end up post-event: at Old Swiss Inn. I love their baked pork knuckles and cheese fondue of course, and a new favorite is their S’mores Fondue. Tonight however, sans make-up and inhibition, my Bin and I tuck into the Spaghetti Bolognese with reckless abandon and I discover my next new favorite: the Swiss-style Burger.

This burger (photo above) is bedecked with all the trimmings plus another glorious extra: a gleaming fried egg atop. In the bright light of a dinner eaten thankfully at one in the morning, it shines like a beacon of sustenance and satisfaction. I don’t often eat late at night but this late night eat is one of the most satiating and joyful I have recently.

Tell me: where do you go for late night eating?

44 Responses to “M.I.Y.O Monday: Where To Go For Late Night Eats?”

  • Burger King in QC in a pinch. Mini Stop for the fried chicken. If I feel like driving, Wai Ying in Binondo for late night dim sum.

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  • Borough in Podium is open 24/7:) Sometimes I go to North Park for my noodle cravings but I think they closed at 2am.

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    Lori Reply:

    Oh yes, Borough. Forgot about that.

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  • Any quite coffee place overlooking a nice view of the city lights… preferably open up until the wee hours. Speaking of which, does anyone know of such a place? Haha! XD I’d love to know. XD

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    Lori Reply:

    Yes, me too, I’d like to know if such a place exists.

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    Atomo Matiass Reply:

    Tagaytay.

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  • Denny’s or Ling Nam Gellert in Daly City Woohooo!! nothing like hanging with other drunken fellow Filipinos at 3AM.

    locally there isnt anything worth mentioning beyond north-park which is as they say “laman-sa-tiyan” more than anything.

    I miss Rufo’s in its heyday. last time i had it,the terribleness of my meal was actually something that i noticed despite my drunken stupor.

    Cable Car rice is something i look forward to trying again since they moved venues and changed management. fingers crossed that the new place smells better than the last one.

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    Lori Reply:

    jay p-
    I still maintain that North Park is worth a visit for satiating late night hunger. And where is Cable Car now? I love their fried rice.

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    Spanx! Reply:

    Cable Car relocated to a building
    just down the (Pasay) road~

    right above the Ramen Nazi, Lori ; )

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    Lori Reply:

    Spanx-
    Where Ramen Nazi is? Oh, we all know where that is! :p

    jay p Reply:

    oh north park is. im not debating that. :D i just dont like the fact that the place gets a little dirtier than normal come 3AM. then again (drunken) beggars cant be choosers.

    i never got around to to going back to the filling station but i never got around to it…

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  • Tapsilog at tapsi ni vivian or mcdo’s chicken nuggets :-)

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  • When I still lived in Mandaluyong, the Midnight Buffet of Edsa Shang was a savior for those late hunger pangs. Their tapa is soooo good. I also like the Tapa of Manila Pen by the lobby. Rufo’s saved my husband from going home to a mad and hungry pregnant wife after he searches the city for some good ol’ tapa in the wee hours of the morning.

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  • Mr Kabab along West Avenue, QC, for beef biryani and yoghurt shake.

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    Lori Reply:

    Jesse-
    Oh yes, ever reliable Mr. Kabab. It’s very far from where I am but will keep it in mind.

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  • Borough or Mister Kebab! North Park has been a New Year’s breakfast staple as well. And there’s a Jollibee outside my village too! :)

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  • Borough and Mister Kebab for me as well!! :) Or Rufo’s Tapa in Kalayaan. :) There’s also a Jollibee outside my village! :) I love that burger Lori!! Can’t wait to try it. :)

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    Lori Reply:

    Vicky,
    Thanks for commenting.
    Let me know what you think of the burger when you get to try it. :)

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  • King Chef at QC for their 48php per order of dimsum treats.

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    3$h Reply:

    King Chef is a WINNER! :D

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  • Eros’ goto, Atoy’s porkchop, Jeany’s goto batangas, Shawarma Snack Center and Gourmet’s Palate. You will never get hungry when you live in BF Homes. :P

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    Lori Reply:

    Keio-
    No wonder these places don’t sound familiar – they’re all in BF! Looks like it’s the area to be when I’m late-night hungry.

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  • Chili Peppers or Grub Shack along Valero St..that’s our go-to during night shifts. the drinkers stay outside while the diners are inside.

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  • sinangag express :) yummy!!

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    Tracee Reply:

    I agree with this one! :D

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  • A night owl like me will forever be thankful to the rise of call centers, because of the current proliferation of late-night or 24-hour eats. While looking for food at 1am isn’t too difficult (bars are still open, some of them with good food), try doing it at 4am!

    Whistle Stop and North Park, or course, are standbys. If in Pasig, Borough is terrific. We once went there at 5am and in my inebriation, I managed to demolish the enormous French Toast! Even the manager glanced over, saw my plate, and said, “Good job!” HE, HE, HE! JT’s in Makati also stays open pretty late. Yellow Cab is good for more than pizza; the pumpkin soup and sandwiches are satisfying. And they deliver! Chihuahua is open till 3am, I believe, and burritos are great after drinking. On Wed.-Fri., you can go to Distrito, which is back beside Makati Med and is open till 3. If all else fails, there’s Burger Machine. Not at all as good as it was in the ’80s, but I went there once, drunk and ravenous, and it hit the spot! Even their sans rival (which I was never a fan of) was heaven for me! :-D

    I’ve yet to try the new Cable Car, but I heard the menu is more or less the same. It’s still on Pasay Road, but closer to the area where Ukokkei is. As Jay P said, I do hope it’s much cleaner and smells better now. Most especially, I hope the critters didn’t move with them!

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    Lori Reply:

    Katrina-
    I was hoping you’d answer this question since it’s practically tailored for you. :p Thanks for all the tips. Will keep them in mind next time I’m out late at night.

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  • Something Fishy Eastwood for their Filipino breakfast buffet (from 12mn to 10am)

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  • Tapsi ni Vivian! For tapsilog and crispy tokwa :) Hihihi!

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  • Hee hee Chihuahua! Or Hap Chan for late nite cheap chinese. Used to go to Rufo’s a lot back in the day- but it tastes different now…

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  • stackers eastwood…burgers, coffee and mozzarella stix :)

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  • here in our area, it’s either Mini Stop (fried chicken, rice toppings or ice cream) or Countryside Burger House (beef mami or any -silog dish).

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  • Borough for a grilled cheese sandwich with tomato soup! Love their banana and peanut butter French toast too, but I think they only serve that in the mornings.

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    Lori Reply:

    Run Around Girl-
    I LOVE grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup. And don’t get me started about peanut butter…

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    u8mypinkcookies Reply:

    peanut butter never fails to make me happy!! have you tried Mr. Jones’ grilled cheese on sourdough with alphabet tomato soup? Comfort food! <3

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    Lori Reply:

    Haven’t tried that yet. It sounds like a good reason to go back to Borough.

    Katrina Reply:

    The grilled cheese with tomato soup in Borough is great, and the French toast, as I said, is super indulgent, and not only because of its size! Speaking of peanut butter, the Elvis sandwich is yummy,too. Now I miss Borough…

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  • north park! or if it isn’t past 2 yet and we arent too drunk to drive, we go to wai ying.

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  • I love Old Swiss Inn’s barley soup, goulash, raclette, prime rib and steak rice! Yes, I can have all that at 2 in the morning!

    Manila Pen for their pancit luglog and king oscar.

    And, of course, Aristocrat for chicken barbecue and mucha leche :)

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  • Any coffee place or dessert place in sight. But when I’m home (which is in the boondocks), I just make Peanut Butter Banana Sandwich. Yum! ;)

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  • Can’t go wrong with Pizza Delivery either from Shakey’s or Yellow Cab. The latter’s ciabatta sandwiches are the best!
    If those are closed, McDonald’s delivers so its fries and nuggets.

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  • I cant believe nobody mentioned Ziggurat! :)

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    Lori Reply:

    Thank goodness you did, then!

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  • Aristocrat on Roxas Boulevard does it for me – open 24/7

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