El Chupacabra is the closest one can get to the streets of Baja Mexico without leaving the central business district of Makati. The colorful taqueria has been serving some of the best street tacos this side of the world since 2013, and while many establishments in the area have come and gone in the years that followed, this still sees a steady stream of customers especially on weekend nights.
Those nights can be rowdy with lots of booze, which is why a friend and I prefer going here on lunch breaks, when the place is filled with but a couple of office workers and the odd foreigner. The place feels like that hole-in-the-wall backpacker haunt, with the bustle of the main highways insulated from this neighborhood’s narrow alleys.
The bestsellers among the tacos are the Carne Asada, which consists of grilled beef; and the San Francisco-Style Pork Sisig, a leaner version of the Filipino favorite. Vegans aren’t left out too: the Vegetariano has grilled vegetables, while the Soyrizo Con Papas is a tasty meatless version of chorizo with potatoes.
5782 Felipe Street, Poblacion, Makati City