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Pine Country Steaks and Waffles and That Good Ole Baguio Feel

First off, what do I mean by ‘that good old Baguio feel’?

Baguio Pine Country Steaks and Waffles restaurant steaks and waffles

To me, it’s that nippy in your nose feeling when you breathe in, like Christmas is always just around the corner; followed by a sense of refreshment, now that that cool air is circulating in your lungs.  The day’s got a hint of gloominess about it too (courtesy of clouds and/or fog) but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a sad day.  In fact, it gives out this light, laid back and tranquil mood … definitely country club-y, American retirement, hill station, refuge quality. =D

Baguio Pine Country Steaks and Waffles restaurant 2015 inside and outside the resto

The steak and waffle house, in and out.

I guess being in a treed area as well as being in close proximity to one of the old houses I always like to look at is contributing to my nostalgia. Sure, the scent of pines isn’t that strong around here anymore what with the resto being on the busy roadside but I still … and always will relish in this ambience.

Let me give you an eyeful of the P.C. cup of Joe (with a Danish cookie on the side \m/) while I do just that.  How about checking what’s on the Pine Country menu, this time, too?

Baguio Pine Country Steaks and Waffles restaurant  cup of Joe with a Danish on the side

Coffee and a Danish … the cookie that tricked us into opening many a ‘sewing boxes’. *heeharhar

Okay, I’m done reminiscing. On to the steaks and other meaty things from Pine Country restaurant.

Protein

When my porterhouse steak was laid on the table, I suddenly started thinking about how much it looked like a Sizzling Plate steak … sans the sizzling plate.  Thin and ‘spread out’ …  I was surprised to find it pinkish/medium and medium rare in the middle as I sliced into it. (They didn’t ask me how I wanted it.)

[Hanging out with the people at Ozark Diner, I’m getting extra bits of knowledge about this and that and one of the pieces of foodie information I got is that a proper steak is about an inch thick.  Half an inch or less makes it difficult to get that pink middle for medium rare and rare, they said. (Thank you, Chef Kevin, Sir Albert and Sir Daniel for the extra education. =) )]

Baguio Pine Country Steaks and Waffles restaurant porterhouse steak

Porterhouse steak ^^,

Seeing the steak versions at places like Mario’s and Forest House, I guess this is the way – thin, wide and burnt the blood out of it – Baguio likes it.  =b

My steak came with a boat of gravy that tasted fine. Nothing, for now, compares to Sizzling’s gravy … one fantastic sabaw to my fried rice. =))

Race’s ribs order was just all right, too. A huge piece of meat that was tender and fall off the bone, but he wanted it slathered more with sauce. They did say, “glazed”.  It might be pan grilled as well basing on its quick delivery to our table and how the aromatic smokiness was only on the surface of the meat.

Baguio Pine Country Steaks and Waffles restaurant  country barbecue glazed ribs

Country barbecue glazed ribs. =D

These protein packed meals did the trick, though.  We also liked the mashed potatoes and the crunchy buttered veggies served with them.

Carbs

For the waffle segment of Pine Country, we had to make a second visit.  Race was cravin’ and dreaming of pancake towers anyway so … patterned pancakes, here we are.

Baguio Pine Country Steaks and Waffles restaurant  country waffles

Country waffles =)

A pretty plate of waffles met us at Pine Country restaurant.  From the small forkful of the waffle that I got from Race’s plate, I did think it was perfect. Probing him for more details, he said it was buttery, fluffy with an outer shell that was like ‘barquillos-na-nahanginan’ (in a good way) crisp. ^^,

I went for something lighter than the waffles and what I got on my plate was just what I was looking for: Delicate and luxurious for its jam-like peach stuffing, strawberry coulis and scoop of ice cream.

Baguio Pine Country Steaks and Waffles restaurant strawberry and peach crepe

Strawberry and peach crepe (“,)

Sweets

There’s more than steaks and waffles at Pine Country Steaks and Waffles.  Together with the crepe under the dessert section is peanut butter cheesecake which we ordered to cap our first dining experience at Pine Country off with.  I was a little skeptical that I’d like this cheesecake since I’m not a big fan of peanut butter (must’ve eaten too much with a spoon a la Joe Black in my younger days, I’m sick of it now *hee).

Baguio Pine Country Steaks and Waffles restaurant peanut butter cheesecake

Peanut butter cheesecake *nomnomnom

It turns out, it was pretty balanced. Since the cheesecake was more jelly-fluffy (think the consistency of uncooked tofu), it didn’t clash with the peanutbutter taste. It was nice of them to top the cheesecake with peanut brittle pieces; that made it an even more enjoyable (hexagon shaped … had to bring your attention to its interesting shape) dessert. (“,)

X marks Pine Country Steaks and Waffles for good food … in an honest to goodness Baguio atmosphere.

Food: 4 treasure chests

Service: 4 treasure chests Friendly owners. Thank you for taking us on a tour of your B&B.

Ambiance: 5 treasure chests *contented sighs, soooo old Baguio

Price: 3 treasure chests

enjoying our visits at Baguio Pine Country Steaks and Waffles restaurant

X and R marks Pine Country for good steaks and good waffles and good desserts.

Additional Information … on the Bed and Breakfast:

It’s under the main house. (Dang! And here I thought I was going to finally get a peek inside another one of my favorite houses to ‘stalk’. *hihi) The rate is P2gs per night for one room (good for two) with free breakfast. They have four rooms there so it’s P8gs a night, all in all. Sounds like a fun stay for the group that could book the whole place. =D

Baguio Pine Country Steaks and Waffles the bed and breakfast

Finally, one of the houses I like, up close! … and the B&B in the lower floor (one of the rooms, the sala and the dining room). \m/

Pine Country Steaks & Waffles restaurant and B&B

#195 Saint Joseph Village

Leonard Wood Road (diagonally across from Botanical Garden)

Baguio City, Philippines

0917 954 6944

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21 responses to “Pine Country Steaks and Waffles and That Good Ole Baguio Feel”

  1. XiNE says :

    Hiyee there, lesleycarter! Thank you so much! Another place for your list when you come to visit. It will be more laid back than the sailing, that, I’m sure. *hihi Take care! (“,)

  2. Sarahlee Rutab says :

    My friends and I went here yesterday and we enjoyed everything about it… the ambience, the food and the service… we ordered the spicy chicken bbq wings, porterhouse steak and pancake tower… i loved the cream cheese on the bbq wings and the rosemary was a nice touch on the steak… would love to take my family next time here! hihi!

    • XiNE says :

      Hello there, Sarahlee. Thanks for the feedback; I’m glad to hear you had such a wonderful time at Pine Country and would like to go back with family. I hope all your succeeding food adventures be as rewarding! (“,)

  3. Teresa Abelanes says :

    I have the impression that this restaurant is new. For a new restaurant, it is a big disappointment. My daughter’s pasta had a screw; fortunately, she didn’t get cuts in her mouth. There was a cockroach in the napkin holder. Disgusting!

    • XiNE says :

      Hello there, Teresa! It saddens me to hear that you had that kind of experience dining at Pine Country. I do hope you called the attention of the manager to it so that they can learn to be more careful. They are relatively new and can still improve. I hope wish you better eatscapades in and around the City of Pines as well as in other places. (“,)

  4. RJ says :

    Ate here with some friends a couple of months ago. Had the pancakes and sausage platter. Servings were generous. Pancakes were a good value for the price. Sausages were a little too soft for me (they didn’t have that nice ‘snap’ when you bite into them) and were a little too sweet for my taste; we dined in the garden. overall, i liked the ambience and the food was pretty good.

    • XiNE says :

      Thank you for sharing your experience at Pine Country, RJ! Ahh, the ambiance, love that old Baguio vibe. Eatsplore away! (“,)

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