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Mom-owned restos to love from Mother's Day and beyond

Kathleen A. Llemit - Philstar.com
Mom-owned restos to love from Mother's Day and beyond
Left photo shows Mama Lou's Spinach and Goat's Cheese Pizza and right photo shows Mom and Tina’s Mushroom Stroganoff Pasta
Instagram/mama_lou and momandtinas

MANILA, Philippines — What better way to give moms their special gift than to appreciate their cooking and support their endeavors?

Support mommy food delivery riders

Foodpanda superstar rider, Maria Gepayo is able to juggle her multiple roles: foodpanda rider, barangay kagawad, BPO worker, online entrepreneur and mother
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The summer break seems so different because spontaneous road trips and other vacation plans are put on hold for safety reasons. This does not mean, however, that you can’t experience new adventures from the comfort of your home. Foodpanda helps you have that fun summer vibe with exciting promos to help enjoy new cuisines or maybe try out the season’s latest skincare trends on social media.

For the whole month of May, Foodpanda users can key in these cool promo vouchers to enjoy discounts and free delivery on their favorite services. Get your favorite cool concoctions or try out dishes from that hot new restaurant with the FUNSUMMER voucher code for delivery that gives new customers P100 off for a minimum spend of P299.

New customers who want to pick up their meal choices can tap PICKUPSUMMER when they order to avail of P100 off for a minimum spend of only P450. The food delivery app's shops also makes summer shopping fun and convenient with choices ranging from pantry essentials to the latest beauty and wellness trends – what’s more is that customers can avail of free delivery with SHOPSFD with a minimum spend of P150.

Taste the world with P1 deals and more

From a small food stall by owner Lydia de Roca, Lydia's Lechon now has at least 28 branches all over the Philippines.
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Been cooped up at home all summer long? Want to embark on a travel adventure? You’re in luck! Grab, a leading everyday superapp in Southeast Asia, is inviting everyone to a gastronomic adventure that will feed your need to travel, even while staying safely at home. Even better, you can enjoy your favorite meals at 50% off.

The company is unveiling its “Taste the World” campaign that will let you enjoy the best of different affordable cuisines all available on the GrabFood app. Whether you’ve been craving for the taste of French crepes, American burgers, Korean bulgogi, Chinese dimsum or something closer to home, such as time-honored Pinoy dishes, the choice is yours.

Travel around the world for the whole month of May and get to discover a world of delicious flavors weekly on GrabFood:

Week 1: Enjoy the best of what our very own Filipino cuisine can offer, with merchants such as Andok’s, Mang Inasal, Amber, Dencio’s, Sinangag Express and Lydia’s Lechon!

Week 2: With American offers, big and filling servings from TGI Friday’s, Denny’s, Chili’s, Shake Shack, Buffalo Wild Wings and Krispy Kreme await you.

Week 3: Want a little spice in your meal?  Dig in as if you’re traveling across the continent and get a taste of rich Asian flavors offered by Din Tai Fung, Marugame Udon, Yabu, Tokyo Tokyo, Soban Grill and Mann Hann!

Week 4: If you’d like to travel a little farther, GrabFood has got you covered with European offers from merchants such as Cibo, Mama Lou’s, Italianni’s, Pizza Telefono and Ristorante Bigoli.

To make it more exciting, Taste the World also lets you explore these cuisines even while on a budget. Enjoy discounts of 50% off everyday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the featured cuisine and merchants for the week, and round that off with free delivery promos to make your purchase all worth it.

How far can one peso take you?  Grab rolls out a series of hard-to-resist P1 deals – from P1 delivery to P1 meal flash sales – for the whole month of May.

“This 2021, we want to go bigger and better to show our gratitude to all the food lovers out there in the cities that continue to enjoy Grab. Through these P1 deals, we offer not only safety and convenience but also tremendous value-for-money. In the coming months, we hope to expand our exciting promotions to include more partner brands, and more cities nationwide,“ said Greg Camacho, Head of GrabFood.

Running from May 17 to June 30, new users will be able to satisfy their cravings with an amazing  P1 delivery fee promotion. Enjoy in-demand restaurants and have them delivered for only a peso, with no minimum fee. Open to all new Grab users from Cebu, Pampanga, Davao, Bacolod, Iloilo, Baguio, Cagayan De Oro, Lipa, Dumaguete, Tarlac, Olongapo and Zamboanga, for all weekends of May, enjoy the Piso Weekends where you’ll be able to get P1 delivery fees.


Here are 10 restaurants owned by 'mompreneurs' with glowing reviews by regular folks who've had their taste of their menus:

Mama Lou’s Italian Kitchen (4.5 out of 5 stars, 841 Google reviews)

From a small restaurant in BF Homes in Parañaque in 2010, Mama Lou's Italian Kitchen now has 10 branches all over the metro.



For restaurateur Crystal Tremblay-Sison, the first ingredient of a successful family business is its ability to evoke a comforting sense of home.

It does not come as a surprise then that Mama Lou’s best-selling signature dishes like the Baked Truffle Salpicao, Baked Squid Ink Risotto, and Beef Ribs are well-loved by moms.

Among their special menu are the four Mama's BUN Deal, a package of their most popular dishes that comes with iced tea and focaccia bread.

Mom and Tina’s Bakery Cafe (4.5 out of 5 stars, 449 Google reviews)

When it comes to cakes and pastries, Mom and Tina's Bakery Cafe is among the most-talked about.



Decadent and sweet, its homemade cakes and cupcakes are to-die for.

Twenty-five years since Tina Santos began selling her homemade goodness in 1996 and put up the well-loved bakery cafe with her mom Belen Torres, it now has four branches in the metro that has become synonymous with cupcakes, muffins, cookies and sugar-free cake rolls.

Stacy’s (4.5 out of 5 stars, 113 Google reviews)

This quiant restaurant started out as another Instagram-worthy foodie destination in June 2011 in Capitol Hills in Quezon City.


Have your Stacy Jones Tapa fix this Valentine’s day! Tender yakiniku cut beef sirloin smothered with loads of fried...

Posted by Stacy's on Saturday, 13 February 2021


Only a few days short of a decade, Stacy's has become one of the talk-of-the-town when it comes to good food.

Named after Angelique Castro's grandmother, the restaurant she co-founded with Aby Nachura is known for its fun menu that includes soups, cake, ice creams and soda fountains.

Sweet Ecstasy (4.5 out of 5 stars, 555 Google reviews)

"Keeps your mouth in sweet ecstasy," wrote one of the reviewers on its Google page. The common theme of their rave reviews is how good Sweet Ecstasy's burgers and kamote fries are.



They're not alone as Sweet Ecstasy is named third in the Big 7 Travel's 50 Best Burgers in Asia in 2019.

Radio DJ Monica Tobias is one of the owners of this supposedly after-hours milk and cookies cafe. But the sugary store--hence the name--began rolling out burgers to bolster its menu.  

Angrydobo (3.6 out of 5 stars, 273 Google reviews)

Get a taste of Judy Ann Santos-Agoncillo's adobo bowls.



The actress and YouTube creator introduced this concept that highlights steaming adobo bowls.

These aren’t ordinary adobo rice toppings since the meat is complemented with staple vegetables like laing, gising-gising and kangkong, perfect for that Mother’s Day celebration for a more home-cooked feel.

Bad Cafe (4.8 out of 5 stars, 58 Google reviews)

There’s nothing bad in this cafe. The restaurant name is coined from the owners’ first names Brian and Dianne.



A post shared by Bad Cafe (@badcafeph)


It was their common love for specialty coffee that prompted them to open Bad Cafe, known for its soft Homemade Pretzel Bun.

Other favorites, which could make mothers feel extra special on Mother’s Day, are Lemon Meringue Pie and the Calamansi Pie.

Fleur de Lys (4.3 out of 5 stars, 79 Google reviews )

Foodies sure know Chef Jackie Ang Po for her many TV guestings as the congenial chef who cooks their favorite dishes.


Happy Thursday.... Thank you our dear customers for your orders.... Roast beef in Demi Glace and french beans party...

Posted by Fleur De Lys on Wednesday, 28 April 2021


Chef Jackie put up Fleur de Lys almost two decades ago and developed some of her dishes as a bonding moment with her daughter in the kitchen.

No wonder her restaurant offers dishes that are made out of love like Yoya Poy’s three-hour Bolognese Pasta with Chorizo and Cheesy Carbonara with Smoked Bacon, Queso de Bola, and Mushrooms, best for mothers who deserve so much love.

Cibo (4.4 out of 5 stars, 211 Google reviews)

Another celebrity chef helms one of the most popular restaurant chains in the country.



A post shared by CIBO (@ciboph)


Asia's Best Female Chef for 2016 as hailed by Asia's 50 Best Restaurants almost gave up her restaurant business. She turned to her family instead, seeking help from her siblings for support.

For almost three decades now, Cibo has been a headliner in the pizza business. For Mother’s Day, their signature thin-crust pizza is a good idea.

Bistro Pamana (4.6 out of 5 stars, 116 Google reviews)

By chef Happy Ongpauco-Tiu, Bistro Pamana is part of the 13 food brands under the Happy Concept group which specializes in offering Filipino dishes with a creative twist.



Look back on fun memories with mom with delights like Crispy Baby Pusit, Salmon Belly sa Sampaloc, and Pinya or Cebu Belly Lechon.

Mamou (4.5 out of 5 stars, 231 Google reviews )

Malou Montano-Fores’ nephew couldn’t pronounce her first name. He started calling her “Tita Mamou” instead which inspired the restaurant’s name and eventually bloomed into a brand in itself.



Mamou has grown with three branches in Serendra in The Fort, Rockwell in Makati and in Ortigas. The family style steakhouse' specialties include Lorenzo’s Truffle Cream pasta, the popular Angus Ribeye Steak, and Steamed Sea Bass.

Families can simply look up nearby or favorite restaurants on Google search or maps. The search results will show key information such as the restaurants’ business hours, dining and delivery options, contact details, ratings and reviews, crowdsourced photos. 



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