UP Diliman houses a huge variety of dining options, from family-friendly sit-down restaurants to little stalls that offer whatever street food you might be craving. Because their customers are mostly students, there are plenty of budget-friendly snacks and meals you can get on campus and nearby. This post will be the first in a series of blogs featuring my on-campus and near-campus favorites.
Snack Shack has been serving burgers, franks, and fries since way back in 2012. It’s a go-to place for many students and alumni who want to satisfy the craving for grilled meat but don’t want to burn a hole in their wallets. Their burgers go for 90 to 175 pesos and can be customized with add-ons like cheese and chilli con carne. Sausages cost 130 to 150 pesos. All the extras are nice, but I usually just have their quarter pounder with cheese.
Since they grill everything fresh, be prepared to wait a while for your order. Don’t get antsy – it will be worth it as soon as you take your first bite.
Snack Shack has branches in UP Diliman Area 2, on Sikatuna V. Luna Extension, and on Balagtas Street next to Ang Bahay ng Alumni at UP Diliman. See more pictures and updates on their Facebook page.
Arki Vickie’s location is easy to remember – it’s right next to the College of Architecture. They also have a lot of different drinks. My favorites are their milo dinosaur and “pantea” (pandan tea). Their most famous offering is their siomai. This particular dumpling comes with a special surprise in the middle – a boiled quail egg. One order goes for 40 pesos. It includes three pieces and goes best with a little soy sauce, calamansi, and chili.
Takeout containers cost extra, so it’s best to bring your own baunan if you’re getting your food to go.
Arki Vickie’s stall is along I. Delos Reyes Street. There’s also a branch near the Quezon City Hall, and in Baliuag, Bulacan at Boss J Food Park. Arki Vickie sells family trays for your special occasions. Find out more on their Facebook page.