A good cheap eat doesn’t just feed the stomach. It feeds the soul. We’re talking about the honest satisfaction of humble meals that have sustained generations, the buzz of casual street food eaten whilst standing, and the other heirloom restaurants sharing the food of their ancestral homes. These are places that care more about the food on your plate than the decor, where cutlery is self-serve and serviettes come from a tissue box. Where should you go? The Sitio Food Park in Vigan is actually a breath of fresh air if you ask us.
The Sitio Food Park is the first urban food park in Vigan and also the largest food park in northern Luzon. It is a welcome addition to Vigan’s ever growing food, dining and tourism industries. Owned by Rylise Inc. of Gov. Ryan Luis Singson and wife, Patricia Angelique Marie Singson, The Sitio Food Park has started its operation since April of 2017. And with 26 food stalls (and counting!) to choose from, you can never go wrong–as there’d surely be something to catch your fancy and satiate your hunger.
Start with a bracing choice of wintermelon milk tea (from Teaza), lemon cucumber slush (Lemon Hub) or iced coffee and pair it with comforting egg puffs (雞蛋仔 gai daai zai ) – or eggettes, or egg waffles, if you prefer from Awesam-iten. Lose yourself in the arcades of pho or rice noodles in Wok Your Way or a fusion of Thai food in Thai-tanic for lunch. Feeling Japanese eh? Explore the Japanese cuisine in MGrospe Sushi and Tokyo Tempura. How about some Mexican quesadilla or some Spanish tapas? TAPAS Spanish Bistro and Mexiloco Fusion can cover that for you. Up late and hungry? Boz Basti Everything on Stick (Pinoy’s Tusok-Tusok), PKN Food House, Wings and Crew, Cruiser Burgers, Project Pick and Grill and Sunshine Aloha will save you. Still had some rooms for dessert? Dulcelise Dessert Bar has got you covered to satisfy your sweet cravings.
There were a lot of things we liked about The Sitio Food Park. Allow us to enumerate them: First of all, they had designated smoking areas for those who smoke which means they can only light up in a specific place. This is really good news for non-smokers as there will be no issue for second hand smoke. The Sitio Food Park is also very well-maintained. With bus boys and bouncer along with a security guard, you’re assured of the cleanliness and safety. The restrooms are also clean, not to mention ‘Instagrammable.’ You should come and see for yourself. And contrary to what the others have been saying, the food at The Sitio Food Park are delicious and prices are reasonable. And they also have amazing Acoustika singers to serenade you with love songs and the like on certain nights. If you feel like jamming, Mondays if we are not mistaken is an Open-Mic night.
Never been to Vigan, Ilocos Sur? You should. You could easily spend a day hopping from one eatery to the next here at The Sitio Food Park. Don’t know what something is? Ask. Use your smartphone. Or just close your eyes and jab at the menu wildly with your finger. The worst that can happen is you’ll have a story to tell. Chances are it’ll be delicious. And guess what, it won’t break your budget.
So let’s get down to food tasting, shall we?
Making its round on social media, one cannot help but being attracted to Awesam-iten’s visually appealing pastel-colored shop front as well as their eye-catching Hong Kong-styled egglet（鸡蛋仔) ala mode. The color combination reminded us of unicorns, My Little Pony, and rainbow pastel paddle pop ice cream. Although the egglet trend had been sprouting like mushrooms (just as the lemon drinks do), that didn’t deter Awesome-iten from reigniting peoples’ love for these egglet desserts. The carry an assortment of sweet desserts that will satisfy the sweet tooth in you.
Project Pick and Grill
Project Pick and grill’s barbecue was “tender, succulent slow-cooked pork with sweet and smoky barbecue sauce. There never was any burnt (the charred flavor was there but not burnt) flavor unlike other barbecue we’ve had from other stalls. Tender loving care goes into the meat, cooked low and slow over until the meat is soft and yielding. Revel in the gruntworthy smokiness. Splurge on the beef, chicken, and pork for carnivorous contentment.
Lechon Babe is a budget-friendly eatery which offers no-nonsense serves of lechon delights. Yes, sinfully delicious lechon cooked in various ways. Nobody’s going home hungry with expansive plates of lechon. Mammoth portions guarantee a feast. So be sure to bring your meds with you should you decide to indulge.
Regulars at the Sitio Food Park knows that these baby back ribs from Feast Stop is indeed brimming with flavors in every bite. The humble barbecue chook here is worth getting messy over, cooked slowly over charcoal until the skin is crisp and smoky. Eat with your hands for that uber food experience.
TAPAS Spanish Bistro
Escape to Madrid in your lunch hour or dinner. This atmospheric Spanish deli is a hit with office workers and families who have discovered the joy of paella and quesadilla. We even tried Chef’s version of Balot ala Pobre. Eat in or takeaway, both will make your tummy happy.
Chow down on burritos, chimichangas, tacos and quesadillas at this fun-loving Mexican cantina awash with cacti and hanging star lights. The corn truffle quesadilla and the Baja fish tacos are especially good. Carne asada fries is a meal in itself, a pile of chips buried beneath tender steak strips, melted cheese, guacamole and tomato salsa.
Of course, we can’t review everything we’ve tried at The Sitio Food Park. So we’ll just give you a rundown on what we had tasted. Check these out:
Cruiser Grilled Burgers
Wok Your Way
PKN Food House
Wings & Crew
Boz Basti Everything Tusok-Tusok
Dulcelise Dessert Bar
The Sitio Food Park is located at Quirino Boulevard, Tamag, Ilocos Sur. It’s Beside Gabriella Silang Hospital and Near Baluarte. Free Parking is available (with a wide parking space) and so does free wifi connection.
Operating hours is from Mondays to Sundays, 10AM to 2AM.
Special thanks to Ms. Vanessa Reyes, Operations Manager of The Sitio Food Park, and Ms. Nina Jessica Tolentino for providing us with some of the photos.