Regulars in Jupiter St. know exactly where to find it, but first timers just need to keep their eyes peeled for the “bacon & burgers this way” sign and downward-pointing neon arrow beside it to find Lazy Bastard. It’s not easy to quiet the curiosity, and when bacon comes into play, surely it’s enough to convince passersby to take a peep at the basement restaurant.
The space is relatively small, with only a handful of tables available. Bar-seating is available, but for groups of friends that want to hang out at Lazy Bastard, it’s best to come early as the place gets crowded at night. The concept, interiors, and ambiance are reminiscent of a typical New York City pub. Aesthetically, the place is a definite hit, and you can even drop by the speakeasy nearby as long as you find the door that leads to it.
The first thing one notices upon entering the restaurant is the unmistakable neon sign that reads, “long live bacon.” Across it is a giant menu board consisting of burgers, hotdogs, sandwiches, and sides.
The restaurant itself uses burgers and bacon as a ploy to attract customers, so the Bacon Cheeseburger is a no-brainer order. But the highlight of Lazy Bastard is undoubtedly their hotdogs. First-timers are encouraged not to pass on the Honey Parmesan Hotdog for a sweet and salty spin on the classic with a bacon wrapped hotdog served with parmesan cheese slivers, lettuce, and honey. They also explore several other modern flavors, like the Avocadog and the Kimchi Dog, but they don’t quite come close to the surprising mix of flavors in the Honey Parmesan Dog.
Meals include a choice of side, which could be fries, onion rings, or tater tots, and a drink. They also have tater bombs, or deep fried potatoes covered in crispy bacon. They also have “Thick AF milkshakes” – and with that kind of marketing ploy, well, who wouldn’t want to try one?
The menu is straightforward and the presentation is kept at a bare minimum, because they want their food to do the talking. And the truth is, they’re better off that way. Hidden along the strip of restaurants in Bel-Air, Makati, Lazy Bastard is serious about providing an uncompromised, no-fuss meal after a long workday. They’re also open until the wee hours of the morning, so if you’re suddenly in the mood for some bacon, Lazy Bastard is the place to be.