Thursday, January 22, 2015

ClickTheCity's Top 12 Food and Drink Posts of 2014

 What You Liked, Read, Shared, and Ate: ClickTheCity's Top 12 Food and Drink Posts of 2014

We came, we saw, we shared, and we ate. There was so much happening in the food and dining scene last year--2014 was the Year of the Foodie, indeed! Among the hundreds of food-related posts the past twelve months, we have shortlisted the ones that garnered the most attention from all you ClickTheCity users. Based on the results, everyone seems to crave all sorts of comfort food, be in the lookout for affordable eats, and are down to check unique neighborhood food spots that go beyond the typical mall offerings.

Here's a rundown of the 12 most read posts in our Food & Drink section for 2014:

1. Eat all you can at these buffet restaurants for less than P500
Planning to splurge on an eat-all-you-can spree with your friends or family? No need to wait for the next payday. Check out the rates and packages of the most affordable buffet restaurants in the metro. We listed dessert buffets, breakfast buffets, eat all you can Pinoy, Korean, Japanese, and international food.

2. 11 Fun Do-It-Yourself Restaurants in Manila
We listed 11 restaurants where you get to play chef as you choose, assemble, or even cook your own food. If you enjoy DIY dining, check these places out and have fun customizing your own dining experience.

3. 8 of the most insane burgers in Manila every foodie must try
Last May, we celebrated National Burger Month by posting a rundown of the most ridiculous burgers we’ve seen and tried in the metro. Ditch the calorie count and leave your shame behind -- these 8 badass burgers will truly challenge your appetite.

4. The Hungry Guide: Maginhawa Street Food and Restaurant Map
Maginhawa, a Filipino adjective that translates to comfortable or convenient, is also the name of a long and winding Quezon City street, that's now considered a must-visit food hub in the metro. Lined up in this street are unique restaurants that offer comfort food at pocket-friendly pricepoints. Check out our map and see what you've yet to add to your to-eat list!

5. 15 of the Hottest Ramen Restaurants in Manila
Rain or shine, it seems like a steaming hot bowl of ramen on hand is easily becoming a top pick for comforting hungry souls in Manila. Ramen lovers have been so spoiled with many more choices last year! In the article, we round up Manila's favorite ramen houses. Which one's your favorite?

6. Everyday Fry Day: 15 French Fries Places in Metro Manila
Deep-fried carb monsters loved this edition of The Click List, where we presented 15 places found all over Metro Manila for that French fries binge. So much french fries to choose from -- from budget and all-time faves, to restaurants serving it with new flavors and messy-fun toppings.

7. 10 Budget-Friendly Japanese Restaurants in Manila
Turning your appetite Japanese need not be expensive. last July, the Philippines-Japan Friendship Month, we rounded up ten awesome Japanese restaurants where you can eat for P200 or less. Grab a friend and dine at the following affordable Japanese restaurants in Manila.

8. SALT: Steaks under P200 and the freshest grilled tuna we’ve had in a while
Boy, was everyone on the lookout for affordable steak! SALT typifies the term “hole-in-the-wall”. Our feature on this residential neighborhood, minutes away from the commercial arteries of Makati, caught a lot of pageviews and shares online. A lot has been said about SALT’s steaks, but it can easily be summed up to: “you get what you pay for”. Don't forget to try the grilled tuna, too!

9. 7 Specialty Milkshake Bars in Metro Manila
It's sweet, milky, cold, and fun to sip through a straw with its thick texture. Whether on a summer day, mid afternoon snack, or any time you feel like rewarding yourself with a drinkable version of ice cream, check out these 7 Manila milkshake bars that will solve your drinkable dessert cravings.

10. Maginhawa Street All-Day Food Trip Sample Itinerary
When we first toured the stretch of Maginhawa Street back in 2012, we were able to come up with a listing of about 20 restaurants. Last September, we revisited Maginhawa to update our directory. Again, we were surprised by the number of new restaurants that have sprouted in the past quarter. Now, with over 80 restaurants lined up along a 2.165 km winding road, how do you decide where to eat? To help out first-time visitors of Maginhawa, we curated a sample itinerary for an all-day food trip in this street.

11. 11 Creative Bacon Dishes to try in Manila
Of course this list would not complete with bacon. Because, bacon. Looks like everything goes well with bacon, whenever and however you want to consume it -- day to night, as appetizer, mains, or even dessert (your argument is invalid). Our big bacon rundown served as a cheat sheet on fun bacon dishes to order in 11 restaurants around Manila. And, as a bacon bonus, a quick list of where you can order and bring home some bacon.

12. The Hungry Guide: Taft Avenue, Manila Food and Restaurant Map
Home to three different schools--De La Salle University-Manila, College of St. Benilde, and St. Scholastica's College--the Taft Avenue neighborhood hosts an array of budget-friendly food choices targeted to students. In this edition of The Hungry Guide series, we featured food nooks along and around Taft Avenue. If you're living the Taft life (or are soon going to study in the area--hello freshmen!), bookmark this article and keep it handy when you're hungry.

*Top 12 list was gathered from Google Analytics Data, based on pagviews of food posts in 2014 published within the period of January 1 to December 31, 2014
*Prices, menu, and other information published are the featured establishment's data as of date of article published, and may be subject to change without prior notice.

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