6 Hole-in-the-wall Dining Places in QC Where You can Still Practice Social Distancing

Published · Tuesday, July 28, 2020 04:18 PM

Meta-Description: Quezon City is a known paradise for foodies. Here are 6 hole-in-the-wall dining places that practice social distancing.

Quezon City is a known hub of various international flavors, street food, and the perfect cafes where you can enjoy coffee and brunch. Not only that, it’s also a hub of night bars and dining places to cure your hangover. With a handful of dining places reopening to the public, you’ll want to keep your safety in mind before you go out and explore.

If you are looking for less crowded dining options to explore in Quezon City, here are six hole-in-the-wall dining places you must try when you step out of the comforts of your home.

Melo’s Steak House

Located in the vibrant Tomas Morato Avenue, Melo’s Steak House is known for its Wagyu and Angus beef steaks that are cooked to perfection. Other notable dishes are salmon, calamari, lobster, Caesar salad, onion soup, and Oysters Rockefeller. Melo’s also has a bar that offers beer and all kinds of alcoholic beverages.

As of now, Melo’s Steak House is limited to take away. They recently reopened to the public, on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 11 am up to 10 pm.


Looking for the perfect resto to spend Friday night or payday? Then Empacho is right for you and your workmates. Also located in Tomas Morato, Empacho serves Filipino favorites with a twist, such as Crispy Pork kare-kare and Sinigang na Lechon with strawberries. Leave room for dessert because Empacho serves its special Salted Egg Lava Cake to top it all off.

You can get to Empacho by using ETON Centris and Mother Ignacia Avenue as landmarks. From ETON Centris, go straight then take a U-turn. Turn left to Mother Ignacia Avenue then turn right to Sgt. Esguerra Avenue. When you finally reach the junction of Sgt. Esguerra and Timog Avenue, turn right and travel through Timog Avenue until you reach the Boy Scouts roundabout. From the roundabout, turn left to Tomas Morato Avenue and go straight until you reach the restaurant.

Vitto’s Wine Bar and Restaurant

Yet another bar and restaurant located close to the lively Tomas Morato, Vitto’s Wine Bar and Restaurant is a spacious and chill-looking restaurant that caters to the inner tita or tito in you. Vitto’s is the perfect place for you to enjoy your favorite red wine and other alcoholic mixes. The resto-bar offers unlimited wine from Sunday to Tuesday and unlimited alcohol every other day. What a perfect place for you to catch-up with friends and workmates.

Just like Empacho, you can use ETON Centris and the GMA Network Center as landmarks to get to Vitto’s Wine Bar and Restaurant. From ETON Centris, take a U-turn to the southbound side of EDSA. Take a left to Kamuning Road and traverse that until you reach Tomas Morato Avenue. Turn left and you will see Vitto’s Wine Bar and Restaurant along Scout Lozano Street.

Romulo Cafe

If you are looking for a resto with modern interior design and the perfect spot for you to have that Sunday brunch, Romulo Cafe in Scout Tuazon corner Scout Lazcano in Tomas Morato is the right place for you. This restaurant, named after the late Carlos P. Romulo, is known for its chicken relleno, kare-kare, crispy pata, tinapa roll, crispy pork binagoongan, baby squid, and leche flan.

Romulo Cafe is located at the heart of the South Triangle. It is one of the restaurants in this area that remains open albeit with heightened sanitation measures and social distancing. The cafe is open daily, with lunch starting at 10:30 am up to 3 pm, and dinner starting at 5 pm up to 8 pm.

RUB Ribs & BBQ

Miss eating American barbecue and ribs? RUB Ribs & Barbecue offers their signature American-style barbecue ribs and an array of famous dishes such as tacos, burritos, salads, and sandwiches. RUB Ribs is also perfect for the whole family due to the restaurant’s diner-like vibe.

Branches of RUB Ribs & Barbecue can be found on the second floor of the U.P. Town Center in Katipunan Avenue and in Scout Rallos Street, South Triangle.

Jiro Coffee

If you are looking for a more quaint coffee shop where you can explore variations of famous coffee blends, try out Jiro Coffee Studio in Mother Ignacia Avenue. This third-wave cafe is famous for its Cocospresso, which is an espresso served with ice coconut water in a coconut shell, and Not-So-Flat White, a double-shot espresso latte sprinkled with cinnamon. Jiro Coffee Studio also serves light meals, pastries, and desserts.

Jiro Coffee Studio has limited dine-in operations. The cafe is open Monday through Friday, with the exception of Tuesday, from 12 pm to 7:30 pm and on weekends from 10 am to 6 pm. 

Amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, there are a handful of dining places where you can explore new flavors and enjoy the overall ambiance without worrying too much about your safety and health. Don’t forget to practice social distancing, wear your PPEs, and sanitize your hands when you try out these hole-in-the-wall dining places in Quezon City.

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