Food on the road-A A +A
Saturday, March 2, 2013
MINDY’S is among the better known places to eat when in Bukdinon. I’ve never been there though until this trip two weeks back.
I first heard about Mindy’s from the Philippine Eagle folks as we arrived in Malaybalay City at dinner time and learned (Hear ye! Hear ye!) that Sir Edward’s Chicken Ati-Atihan, what can be considered as the most popular barbecue place in Malaybalay is already closed.
“Ano Mindy’s na lang tayo?” we were asked.
We decided to just have dinner at our hotel because everyone was already very tired from an early morning trip followed by a trek up a mountain.
I did get a glimpse of the place on the main road of the city n the way to Pine Hills where we were booked for the night.
On our way home the following day, there was just Tatay Rene, the driver Dodong, and me and seeing that it was nearing lunchtime and we have just entered the poblacion of Valencia City, we decided to have early lunch there since there’s not much choice once you reach Maramag.
Mindy’s is also in Valencia.
It’s your regular open air restaurant with a separate aircon building for functions (which at that time was catering to a wedding), a very quaint Pinoy wedding with the menfolk very uncomfortable in their barongs.
The food are just okay. They will not give you any reason to sing alleluia, for sure. But you will not also curse them. Just make sure you give your orders s-l-o-w-l-y and clearly. Tatay Rene was talking fast and so did not get the right orders. I did.
Among the fare in the menu was chicken feet dimsum, I thus remember a very good Filipino-Chinese friend who said that one test to see how good a dimsum a place serves is how good the chicken feet dimsum is.
My conclusion, stick to the Filipino fare, Mindy’s is not Chinese.
Aside from the chicken feet, we had tinolang native chicken, grilled tuna belly, and sizzling squid.
Again, they’re okay, nothing to sing praises for but you won’t be cursing either.
Just good food for a quick repast by some weary travelers.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on March 03, 2013.