September 22, 2013

Calle Z Café!

This place is a staple in the Tacloban City food scene. Located along Independencia Street, near the Leyte Normal University is a local bar and restaurant named Calle Z Café, famous for their Bulalo (Beef Shank Stew), their diverse music, and their casual yet night-out gimmick-y ambiance. The store opens at 6:00 PM and closes at 4:00 in the morning. Calle Z (Zaragosa) Café got its name from its former St. name Calle Zaragosa from the Spanish colonial period.

What makes this Café a must-try is really their Bulalo. Why? Because the meat is so tender it falls off the bones while you can sip out the marrow from the bones easily, an Anthony Bourdain favorite. Aside from the desirable texture, the Bulalo's broth is rich in taste and you can either dip it in soy sauce with lime or not.
Left: Cheese Sticks, Right: Fried Chicken
They also serve liquor, cocktails and other alcoholic beverages. Maybe an after-dinner drink with your buddies would fancy you here. Together with straight-from-the-grill dishes and some other pulutan (food taken with alcohol) and along with good music played all through out your stay, you'd be leaving with a happy tummy and good vibes. 
Upper Left: Photographs taken by Owner Gerry Ruiz (Photographer), Upper Right: Chopsuey, Lower Left: Grilled Pork Belly.

A favorite of a friend of mine is their Fried Chicken since it is served heftily and really affordable. Their Crispy Tenga (crispy fried pork ears) has to be my personal favorite because it taste a whole lot like Lechon's crackling skin. 

If you're hungry, wanting to hang out with your friends, or simply chill with good music, try visiting Calle Z Café because they serve not just food, but a great experience. Visit their site at

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