Galit Galit Muna @ Grumpy Joe
Or as Google Translate would say it: Anger angry first. *heehahahahaha (Putting a dash between the galit-s didn’t help. It just retranslated it to rage rage first. Ah, Google Translate, you never cease to entertain. Although, it doesn’t have a more comical translation for balang araw maghihiganti ako. =b)
I knew what to order before we even got to Grumpy Joe’s, thanks to Baguio food adventurer, Ms. Ela. (Yey, Teacher! \m/) With a few errands on my to do list, I asked my sister to order the five cheese pizza first when they got to this newly opened resto.
Once Race and I arrived at the restaurant, we only had to wait a few minutes for the perfect choice of a pizza to be served (nice one, Ms. Ela!) … which was all good since I started feeling a bit claustrophobic with our set up at our small table (got even smaller as our orders piled on, shyeew) in this small-ish establishment.
Pulling a slice from the wooden platter, we made long strings of cheese that turned milky-gooey-rich and delicious the longer it stayed in our gobs. ^^, It was the toasted to burnt parts of the cheese, nevertheless, that got my taste buds really dancing. Whoo-wee, galit galit muna mode with me and my foodie loved ones.
My niece (the first one to be on vacay *hihi) got herself her own meal with a plate of baked ziti. Of course, I speared some penne with my fork (though we were acting mad at each other while eating Joe’s pizza). It’s one of the best baked zitis I’ve had so far. Al dente pasta … that in no way translated to “Ouch, my teeth” =)) tossed in what seemed like red and white sauce that became a luscious tasting orange hued blend.
We washed the first dishes of our meal with iced tea and frappes (without espresso shots because I can’t hold my caffeine *hee) from which the cream topping on these cooling beverages seeped through the flower pattern holed lids of the mason jars that seem to be the ‘tumbler’ of choice these days.
Our ribs man strikes again. As is expected, the lean was tender and easy to clear away from the bones (Cue my furry lovies wagging their tails in delight =D). The sauce caught my … ah … tongue with its interesting flavors; not in your face barbecue-y but had hints of sourness from tomato/tomato sauce. It was a nice rice meal with ribs but a bit pricey for its size.
For the chicken man in our party =), his choice was the house fried chicken with rice and potato salad. Crispy skin, flavorful to the bone, I think it deserves a place with the good fried chickens in the city; served with potato salad … that the potato head in me surely appreciated. Most notable, again, however, was the sauce. Imagine gravy with a taste of garlic, ohh, tongue tingles-s-s-s.
In line with tongue tingles, you must be wondering about the Toxic Waste extract sauce in the first photo of this post. Our tongues … yes, alllll our tongues did more than tingle with this potent flavoring.
My niece said she could already see herself with smoke blowing out of her ears. For my brother, just look at the series of photos in the collage above. One itty bitty drop on my pizza felt like a drop of paint spreading in a glass of water, whoo-zah, this girl is on fire! Indeed, Race met his match with this. He dared to spread it on a whole pizza slice and then he suddenly got quiet. I swear, there were tears in his eyes. *sniffy Racey
Cream topped frappes gone, we had to get something sweet to soothe our burning mouths. The creamier and more-jelly-like-than-cheesy blueberry cheesecake saved the day. I love how there was an extra dollop of blueberry topping on the side; thanks, Joe.
X marks Grumpy Joe for good food in Baguio. Anger angry first time! *harhar
Service: specifically for our guy in the stripety shirt (who was photo bombing in ‘daring … and the effects of toxic waste’ collage). He seemed to be the only one on the move when so many people were behind the counter. Kudos for taking care of the dining crowd, Sir.
Ambiance: nice enough digs, but way too many tables packed in a small space. No waiting area for take out orders, must be why there was a group standing at the staircase when we first wanted to eat here but were deterred.
Parking – nothing in front of the restaurant itself but “there’s limited space” going from the bulaluhan/knee cap soup(? – X’s powers of invention Translate) place beside it all the way through to Yamashita noodle house – that is if the other establishments in front of those spaces will allow a nonpatron to their establishment to park there.
Leonard Wood Road
Baguio City, Philippines
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