Retro Eats: Your Childhood Hangouts Are Back For a New Generation of Customers

What are your food memories with these comeback kids?
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Many childhood memories are tied to food. It’s nice to reminisce about those favorite hang-outs you had while growing up, and you get to crave for certain food items that are not available anymore. Fortunately, some of those restaurants are returning, owing to the current boom in the F&B industry. These comebacks are ready to reignite those memories and serve up those favorites to a new generation of customers.

Little Caesar’s

The pizza chain was a hit in the 90s, especially as it offered a buy one- take one promo that was perfect for family night-outs or home parties. On hindsight, I think that was why its toga-clad mascot’s tagline was “pizza! pizza!” What I do remember was that it was part of the top three pizza chains back then. Since delivery was not yet a thing, we had to walk-in order and wait for the hot-n-fast pizza to come out of the oven and boxed at the counter before bringing it home or to high school soirees. Being too young to pick up the tab back then, I am not sure how much the pizzas cost, but prices at its first branch at the Metrosquare Building in Ermita, Manila look promising. A large 12” Pepperoni goes for P249 and it's got single square combos with drinks that go for P160. 


Tom Sawyer’s Old Fashioned Crispy Chicken

It has been under the radar for some time, but a Tom Sawyer’s branch in Pasig has been serving up that crispy fried chicken that was popular with the Greenhills crowd in the 80s. By late last year, it has opened up another one, this time somewhere in Congressional Ave., Q.C. Perhaps it is testing the waters before going head to head with the bigger chicken chains that have sprung up through the years.

Chuck’s Deli

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It was an American-style deli experience that people at the Fort would flock to for their sandwich fix back when the area was in its first stages of growth. Everything at the Serendra branch was awesomefrom the bread to the fresh meaty fillings, particularly in their large ciabatta sandwiches could satisfy even those with bigger appetites, so it really felt worth it. It was not a dainty café, it was a place where one could hunker down to a serious sandwich.

Chuck’s is back, but in a hip location far removed from its casual Sunday brunchers. The new branch is now in Poblacion serving up their sandwiches and shakes to a crowd that seeks to eat and party in the streets.


The older generation would definitely know Popeye as that spinach-eating sailorman, those who are a bit younger would have recollections of a chicken restaurant brand that served spicy Southern-style chicken that was good enough to please the spawn of, well, the head honcho downstairs in the 2000 Adam Sandler film Little Nicky. The first branch is set to be at the Alabang Town Center and southerners can’t wait to get their hands on the chicken and buttery biscuits.   


Beard Papa’s

The bakery brand that was responsible for many a mall-based sugar rush in the 2000s is back to offer its signature éclairs and crème puffs. The fluffy cream filling is so delicious that many kolehiyalas back in the day threw caution (and poise) to the wind in order to scarf them down straight from the stalls. They are pretty tricky to eat, as one has to go through the layer of that caramel or chocolate-topped flaky crust to get to the sweet filling but it is definitely worth it.     

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