Pizza and More

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

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Shakey's Pizza Restaurant
2nd Floor, SM City Fairview
Quirino Highway cor. Regalado Avenue, Quezon City
+63 (02) 938-9949, +63 (02) 938-9955
05 February 2009

Author's Note:
I was browsing through my old files and realized I wasn't able to post some food trips in this blog, so for a few days, please allow me to wind of time a bit and share these stories.

Household Team

When the USA came to the recession period, it pretty much affected even the Philippines, especially those working for US-Based companies. My friend Andre found herself jobless after their company laid off much of its employees, but when she celebrated her birthday, she still called on us for a little celebration. I met them through the Catholic organization, Singles for Christ and they are actually part of my household. Our first household's fellowship was supposed to be here, but because we went to a different pizza place, we decided to celebrate Andre's birthday here instead.

A little historic background, "Shakey's Pizza Restaurant started in 1954, when Sherwood Johnson and his friend EdPlummer opened their shop. They didn't have ovens yet, so they served beers that weekend, and on Monday, they started serving their pizza. They then branched out to different places in the USA, then to other countries, and in 1975, they opened the very first store here in the Philippines. That opening day, the restaurant sold nearly eight times as much pizza as expected, amidst balloons, charlie Chaplin movies, banjo and piano music."


Facade. Shakey's Pizza is a very well loved Pizza place in the Philippines, but because their store in SM Fairview is located on the 2nd floor and quite away from most of the food shops, I guess that's one of the reasons why they didn't have much diners.

Dining Area

Dining Area. I love the warm red tones inside.


Counter. This picture was taken from my seat, we decided to sit near the counter, so when we needed some assistance, it would be easy for us to call in the staff.

It was just four of us, so even if it was dinnertime already, we opted to go for their Bunch 0' Lunch, because it was already a set of food good for 4 - 5 people.

Chick n Chips

Chicken and Mojo Potatoes. I learned that their chicken were pressure-fried, I guess that's the reason for its juicy meat and even color in the chicken. The Mojo Potatoes... well, that's a Shakey's signature dish, and it was just really delicious! It took no time for us to finish up the potatoes.


Spaghetti. The red meat sauce was a bit runny for my taste, but for a foreign food company, I liked that this spaghetti was able to adapt to the Filipino's palette.


Manager's Choice Pizza. Shakey's does serve great tasting pizza, but one of the reasons why I don't eat here much was because I am not a big fan of the thin crust pizza. I love my pizza crusty because I would like that feel as if I am eating sandwich. Well, Shakey's do have the thick crust pizza, but it's the thin crust that was part of the meal. Still, with the bell peppers, onions, ham, and ground beef, it was great.

36/365 - Dinner at Shakey's

The Aftermath. Okay, here's the deal about eating with Filipinos during gatherings like this one... sometimes, if the group isn't that confident with each other yet, they'd be very shy to take the last piece of the food, as what happened here. Well, taking into consideration that we had quite a lot to eat, maybe we were just really full, but leaving a little something in the platter is I think a little custom, maybe because they were shy to be labeled as the one who ate the most foods. It was funny, but nonetheless, we asked the staff to put the remaining pizza and chicken in a bag for Andre to take home.

Shakey's Pizza not only serves great food, the fun of being with friends is something that makes this place really special. The staff were efficient, the food was cooked good, and that we were treated like princesses. :)

Big thanks to Andre for the treat.

*** Jenn ***


Ania said...

Thanks for that interesting insight on your customs. The restaurant itself looked far too Americanized for me.

ladyfi said...

What fun. I do love sharing a meal with friends.

BraCom (Bram) said...

Yummi, good food
Thank you for sharing these beautiful photos

Have a nice week,
Greetings, Bram

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Sylvia K said...

Guess Shakeys are everywhere! Always fun to share a meal with friends and the food does indeed look yummy! Hope you have a great week!


Jenn said...

Oh my! This brings back childhood memories. Absolutely love their cheese & garlic pizza to this day. Really prefer this over Pizza Hut. Just love their thin crust.

u8mypinkc00kies said...

mojos!! :D i like their ultimate garlic & cheese pizza too.

Marites said...

I order Bunch O' Lunch each time I get to Shakey's. I hope your friend got reemployed again soon. Have a nice week!

Roxxy said...

oh I miss these meals! Haven't found any Shekeys or Pizza here in England yet.

Care to exlinks?
Good day!

Wifey10 said...

Kay Davies said...

Shakey's is an old name in the pizza business. The first time I ever heard of pizza was many years ago when transistor radios were first introduced (maybe 1960). My dad hooked up a homemade aerial to my little radio and late at night, in the middle of British Columbia, Canada, we listened to a radio station in Sacramento, California. There were commercials for Shakey's Pizza Parlor and I had no idea what a pizza might be. My father said, "I think it's a cheese and tomato pie." When we moved to Vancouver, sure enough, a friend took me across the border into the US where we found a Shakey's Pizza Parlor. Thanks for your pictures, and thanks for the memories.

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