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With Metro Manila's decadence comes the surge in the high cost of products and services. It's impossible not to take a taxi cab because of the painful heavy traffic when you're hungry for a decent meal. And when you've finally settled on a dining venue, there's a chance that you might find the pricing of dishes offensive. You stare on the menu like every item is going to rob you of your wallet's cash.
Starved for something ridiculously delicious but affordable, I mulled about such dilemma one sunny afternoon. Staring at the menu board of a street-oriented burger joint called Pepe's Meat (PM), I was tossed in a good mood. I saw selections that were right off the lips of some tabloid gossip fodder. With flavors like Burga, NKKLK (another way of stating nakakaloka in Tagalog or crazed in English), and Borta, the joint was clearly posturing itself in the corner of Quezon City's busy Kamuning Road as a unique stall for street-oriented burger flavors. The business name itself is enough to make you take a second look as it's a play on the name of Pinoy rock icon, Pepe Smith.
Revelations of Patricia
Patricia, a young entrepreneur and a University of the Philippines graduate, showed me the unpretentious spectacle of how a basic Pepe's Meat burger called Burga is prepared. She recently worked for an advertising agency but the short stint allowed her to see the possibility of venturing into her young professional life on her own terms. Soon, she was tossing all beef patties on her charcoal grill setup and smelling the sweet start-up success in her humble Erestain Street stall. The chief reason for the avalanche of attention from neighboring residents, students, and middle-class professionals is the fact that a Burga can only set them back for P60! Ordering one can make those pricey gourmet burgers in high-end restaurants pretty jealous.
Burger Bite Partner
That same afternoon, I tagged along fellow blogger Glenn Tabajeros of Wickedmouth.com for the experience of tasting Pepe's Meat. He expressed delight in the fact that the patty was strongly flavored with pepper.
If there's one simple pleasure to be had in Quezon City, it's Pepe's Meat. There's no point getting stuck in the heavy EDSA traffic. Take the detour to Kamuning and order your own Burga and more.
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Address: #82 Kamuning Road corner J. Erestain Street, Kamuning, Quezon City, Philippines
Hours of Operation: 1:00pm - 7:00pm
|With Patricia of Pepe's Meat and Glen of Wickedmouth|