Midtown Inn Diner

Have you ever played the game, Diner Dash? That time-management game that is fun and stressful at the same time? There you get to play the character named, Flo, who decided to quit her job and opened a diner. There she slaves from finding the customers a table, getting their order, serving their food, taking their bill, and then putting off the plates to the washer. I loved the game and it also happens to be, the closest thing I could get to a diner (yeah I know, pathetic). That is because Pinoys prefer fast-food, coffee shops, and milk tea places. So when I spotted a diner during a morning stroll along Malate, all thoughts of eating at the big red bee’s place flew out of the window. That morning, I had breakfast, at Midtown Inn Diner.

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The place looks old; from the dusty signage outside to the vintage-y interiors. There was a moment during our stay when we were able to chat with one of the staff, but it didn’t occur to me ask how old the diner is.

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But it looked every bit the diner that I had pictured in mind; a row of diner booths on the left side of the room, bar with stools on the right, music from the 50s blaring in the background, a waiter going around the tables with a pot of coffee, and old people. Yes, Midtown Inn seems to be the favorite hang-out place of people well past their youth, and so there were no sightings of people liked doing selfies, no sound of annoying schoolgirl giggles, and no flashing of the latest source of credit card dilemmas.

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I was supposed to eat breakfast American style, but I wanted fried rice. So I ended up ordering Sinangag With Sunny Side Up And Daing Na Bangus (PHP125), garnished with slices of tomato and cucumber.

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Spanish Omelette With Ham (PHP130) comes with two pieces of toast bread and butter.

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Some meals like the ones mentioned above came with Brewed Coffee, which, by the way, tasted divine. They serve it with brown sugar and fresh milk.

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Interior wise, there was nothing spectacular about the place. Their foods are okay and priced just right. It wasn’t cramped and the crowd was composed mainly of old folks. Yet I loved the experience because it allowed me to enjoy breakfast without having to worry about the noise and time.

My first experience in a diner wasn’t anything like the game. That morning, I had breakfast, unhurried and stress-free.


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Comments (16)

  1. Mar Verdan
    Mar Verdan

    Merry Christmas!!!!

    Naglaway ako sa kape, kape talaga? hahaha

  2. Marjorie G
    Marjorie G

    Same here. It's always nice to discover such places.

  3. Marjorie G
    Marjorie G

    I agree, it's such a nice thing to find a place where you could actually enjoy the whole dining experience.

  4. Marjorie G
    Marjorie G

    Tama, parang yung nasa tv shows or movies lang.

  5. Marjorie G
    Marjorie G

    Really? What's the name of the diner?

  6. Kamilkshake

    Super nice. I like na it feels peaceful.. Gusto ko din pumunta at kumaen sa mga ganyang place.. or pumunta sa any other place na pwede ko i-enjoy yung moment.. hmmm… ano daw..

    anyway.. nagutom ako nung nakita ko yung daing… at nagutom ng slight..

  7. Mr. Tripster
    Mr. Tripster

    We have a diner here called The American Diner and they recreated the 1950's ambiance, with vintage cars parked outside, the waiters and waitresses in the typical diner uniform in the 50's with roller-skates (yes, they skate their way to their clients), and the typical American dish with a little touch of Italian dining. It's so popular and it's becoming a total disaster. Too many people, the floor's dirty, the food is not that presentable and bland. And the price is ridiculous. The only good thing that I can say about it is the live music every weekend- a band playing country music or R & B.

    Anyway, all i'm saying is that a diner like this is a lot better- quiet, good coffee and great food. And who cares about the interior and the uniforms? As long as the price is right and the food is good, and you have a quality time with peace and quiet while having breakfast (which is something that is really rare and priceless in our time today), i say that this is the best place to be in the morning.

  8. Hi! I am LiLi!
    Hi! I am LiLi!

    There was a cool diner in uptown Cebu back in the very early 90s. Mga booth nila and chairs were upholstered in red and white. Super shiny ang mga silver metal ng bar stools and table bases nila. Pati flooring is the black and white 12' x 12' tiles. May jukebox sa pinakadulo ng diner. Naka hat at aprons ang servers. Nasa menu nila ay mga American diner dishes rin. Favorite eating place noon namin ng dati bf ko now hubby. I wonder if nandoon pa yon ngayon.

  9. akoysi MEcoy
    akoysi MEcoy

    haha parang yung mga nasa american movies lang ee nu haha
    pero ayun nga, mura na mukang masasarap pa
    nice one

  10. Marjorie G
    Marjorie G

    So true, I mean you can eat without having to worry about anything, including how you look. It's so nice to eat in a place where you can just relax and enjoy the food.

  11. Marjorie G
    Marjorie G

    Why not, an American diner, that's a swell idea. It might just become a hit 😉

  12. Marjorie G
    Marjorie G

    Nope, shirt and jeans lang ang suot ng staff, nothing fancy. Now that you mentioned it, it would be a nice touch kung naka uniform din sila no.

  13. Hi! I am LiLi!
    Hi! I am LiLi!

    The interiors look more like a 70s diner. The yucky mustardy color of the fake leather upholstery is definitely a trend of the 70s.

    Cute ang lalagyan ng creamer. Shot glass lang. No?

    Ang uniform din ba ng waiter is from the 50s?

    I want your food!

  14. June | Life and Spices
    June | Life and Spices

    Oh Marge we have the same thing about Diners. I really loved eating in an American Diner. I dunno. Feels like I'm an old person from before. Feels I time traveled everytime I enter a diner. The old stuff and the atmosphere perhaps. Kaya nga I really would want to put up an American Diner business someday. Pero no Filipino touch.. soree.. hehehe

  15. michymichymoo

    Old diners have this certain charm. Minsan nga mas ok pa kumain dyan kesa sa overdesigned restos, imo. :p


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