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Located in 278 J.P Rizal St., San Roque, Marikina City, Metro Manila, Philippines, Mama Chit’s is a small most interesting mom and pop’s diner you’ll ever visit. Boasting of a huge collection of memorabilia ranging from the 50’s to the 80’s, the trip is worth it even for just the varied knick knacks. What’s more is it’s a stone’s throw away from the Marikina Shoe Museum, another place of interest. Open every day from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., but just to be sure call them at (02) 646-8547.
The centerpiece of the collection is this picture. Most interesting, hmmm? Okay I’m joking, but you have to admit it’s eye-catching. The highlight would probably be the one armed bandit. Although I’m not sure if the thing still works.
The owner explained that the pictures belonged to her mother-in-law, none other than Mama Chit. The rest belongs to her husband. She further explained that all of the choices on the menu were Mama Chit’s own special blend of sauces, spices and other ingredients.
Try and visit the place in daytime because the lighting inside during the night is a bit too yellow for me as you can see from the photos. There are ample chairs and tables for around 25 people at one time, given the fact there is dining space available outside as well. Sorry smokers, cigarettes here are no-no.
Mama Chit’s Cheeseburger is quite large; priced at Php 85.00 (US$ 2.01) it is around 4 inches in diameter and three inches in thickness. The bun, from what I can surmise, is made from whole wheat sprinkled with sesame seeds. The cook probably left the buns on the griller a bit longer than it should have been because part of the top was burnt, but was still edible.
The beef patty was okay except for the occasional stringy meat stuff which I think is just tendons of the cow. It was grilled just right. On top were fresh slices of tomatoes and cucumber, a piece of lettuce, a slice of cheese, and just the right mixture of mayonnaise and mustard. The overall taste was excellent for me.
I would have liked for the establishment to have a vending machine for the drinks, just so it would be a bit more thrifty but the available cans of soda and bottles of tea were reasonably priced. Around Php 35.00 to Php 40.00 (US$ 0.83 to US$ 0.95).