I’ve heard of Fat Daddy’s Smokehouse way back in 2015 but haven’t got around to visiting because it was located in unfamiliar Marikina.I finally got around to visiting on a lazy Saturday night with Waze leading the way through the twist and turns.
They have a pretty wide menu with the smoked meats as centerpiece, they’ve also got a number of meat free dishes for your pickier companions.
Hot Pork Poppers (P120). These are deep fried thinly sliced and spiced rubbed pork belly (liempo), served with piedmont sauce (apple cider vinegar based). Think cracklings but way crispier and more flavorful but not oil at all. The piquant sauce is a good way to cut the richness and inject a little brightness for a different flavor profile. After the first bite, all I could think of was how good this would be with garlic rice.
Crispy Fried Pickles (P120). Strips of dill pickles coated in panko and corn crust then deep fried served with Alabama white bbq sauce. This was my first taste of fried pickles and it was love at first crunch. Frying tempers the sour of the dill so many pickle haters will enjoy this plus the breading adds a nice crunch and the dip adds another layer of flavor.
Jera’s Ultimate Nachos (P400). This humongous bowl of nachos might be the most bang for the buck in Manila. Seasoned tortilla chips with pulled pork, cheese sauce, bbq sauce, corn salsa, jalapenos, Alabama white bbq sauce and topped with generous strips of bacon. The bacon tastes curiously like bah kwa or Chinese pork jersey. This is for sharing among 5-6 people, that is how big it is with toppings and sauces in every layer so no chip is eaten plain. We wish there was half a serving of this or we’ll never be able to order it again.
Goat Cheese and Apple Salad (P220). Mixed greens with baked goat’s cheese, caramelized apples, olive oil finished with a lemon and cilantro vinaigrette. Slightly sweet salad dish to balance out all the meaty plates on the table.
The Hot Mess (P180). Mashed potato with pulled pork, cheese sauce, mozzarella, cheddar , bacon and bbq sauce. This is a mashed potato dish on steroids, there’s almost half as much meat as mashed potatoes in this hot plate. This is really good but heavy so best to share.
Smoked Beef Brisket (P460/ half pound). 16 hour smoked Angus beef brisket served with pickles and 2 sides. Meat was tender enough with a good smokiness but can’t match the ones from Holy Smokes.
Smoked Pork Ribs (P360/half, P700/whole). 10 hour smoked pork ribs with 2/4 sides and bbq sauce. The meat is tender but doesn’t fall off the bone which is how ribs should be. The charring is beautiful exudes a tantalizing smoky aroma. My favorite smoked item from Fat Daddy’s menu.
Bacon and Smores Dip (P200). It’s a classic smores dip spiked with their smoked bacon. Don’t be fooled that the smoked bacon is only stuck on top, wade into the chocolate ganache and you’ll find more bacon bits to give this a tasty salty and sweet flavor mix.
Fat Daddy’s Smokehouse is a great place to visit in Marikina, good serving sizes coupled with reasonable prices in a homey, laid back setting. For those who find Marikina too far a trek, they recently opened a branch in UP Town Center. Prices at the UP town Center are a little bit higher than Marikina though.
Fat Daddy’s Smokehouse171 Dao Street cor East Drive
Marikina Heights, Marikina City
Contact No.: (632) 949-4071 Operating Hours: 11am to 10 pm daily Branch: B 132-134 UP Town Center