Ghetto Grub: Pick-a-Pita BakeryApril 21, 2019
- Mia MarciWords
From a distance, Pick-a-Pita looks like a typical neighborhood panaderia-cum-shawarma stand. Take a closer look, however, and you’ll be surprised at how much more it has to offer. Located at Bumatay Corner Boni Circle, Mandaluyong City, Pick-a-Pita Bakery offers shawarma, bagels, bread rolls, and stuffed buns for a fraction of the price you’ll pay at your favorite fancy coffee shop. Best of all, they’re open 24 hours.
One must try is their Israeli Breakfast, bread stuffed with mushroom and sausages, topped with a well-done egg.
Run by an Israeli man and his Filipina wife, the couple is proud of the fact that everything they sell is homemade. While they don’t have piso pandesal, you get hefty stuffed buns for as low as PHP 30 per piece. One must try is their Israeli Breakfast, bread stuffed with mushroom and sausages, topped with a well-done egg then sprinkled with herbs. The bread itself is not as soft as it could be, but for the price, it adequately sates the needs of the hungry commuter. They even offer to heat it for you, which is not something the average neighborhood bakery offers. They offer their pitas in packages of four and eight as well, all for under a hundred pesos.
Another house specialty is their PHP 75 pita wraps. You can choose from vegetable, chicken, or beef, all wrapped in their signature homemade pita and drizzled with their own garlic sauce. Those looking for an additional kick can ask for hot sauce too. On the average, it takes about three to five minutes for them to prepare a pita. Their busiest days are on Sundays, especially after mass, as churchgoers from nearby Divine Mercy Church have made the stand part of their Sunday habit. Expect a shortage of certain bread selections and a longer wait time for your pita on those days. If there’s a particular bread you’re looking for that’s out of stock, best to come back a few hours later. There’s a good chance that they had restocked by then.
Pick-a-Pita’s baker uses plastic gloves when he handles the dough.
The area is safe, but watch your wallet as the stall is along a main thoroughfare. There’s no place to hang out at either, it is just a stand with no dine-in option. If you want to cool your feet, best to head to the nearby Finds Convenience Store for a drink and for the use of their chairs and tables. As for hygiene, Pick-a-Pita’s baker uses plastic gloves when he handles the dough, and they provide a large garbage can for customers to dispose their wrappers afterwards.
This is a place that’s perfect for those who suffer from midnight cravings. It’s also a treat for busy working folks who are tired of the same old pandesal and/or monay combination from their local bakery. If you’re squicked at the idea of microwaved convenience store stuffed “bread,” this is a much tastier alternative. Bag it, eat it, and go.