The story of the Filipino Carinderia dates back to the early 1800s when it served as a respite for
travelers seeking cooked food. Mostly located near railways, these make-shift bamboo stalls offered
food to artisans, tourists, carriers and tramps who were seeking simple, home cooked meals. People
who were away from home, workers, as well as people who did not have permanent residences
would conveniently gather at these places at mid-day to have meals that typically consisted of
different viands that went perfectly well with rice. At the day’s end, the Carinderia offered its own
humble beginnings of Filipino take out to those people who would buy reasonably-priced food to take
home for dinner as well.