Mrs. Jones’ Mealbox opened late last year at the Sunergia Building, a new mixed-used facility along Jones Avenue in Cebu City. The restaurant began its operations at a time when the said 6-storey complex of the Visayas Community Medical Center (VCMC) was not yet even inaugurated.
Despite the initial challenges, the restaurant managed to survive, probably because of its prime location, the affordable meals and the lucky charms that may have been ushered in by its name.
This was shared to us during a recent media invite by Emmanuel Tangpuz, one of the 5 doctors behind this culinary venture. The restaurant was not named after the wife of the US Congressman William Atkinson Jones. The latter by the way is an important figure in Philippine history and is still very influential even to this day. Many Cebuanos still call the busy Osmeña Boulevard by its former name – Jones Avenue.
It was named then after the Cebu’s famous street, but the “Mrs” was only added because his partners believe that it is good feng shui to have 8 characters in their restaurant name,” Dr. Tangpuz added.
Mrs. Jones’ menu is unpretentious and quite straightforward. It consists mostly of the typical fastfood options, only that theirs are freshly cooked each time. They also offer several items that you might not see in your favorite fastfood chain such as a pesto-based pasta and a huge platter of greens among many others.
Among the many dishes that I sampled that afternoon, their chicken meal was my easy favorite. The thigh part that I devoured had crispy and well-flavored skin, which complemented well to its juicy meat inside. I now regret not eating the serving of rice that came with the noticeably huge chicken portion.
That being said, Mrs. Jones Mealbox does not need to rely on it its lucky name after all. It serves really affordable, freshly-cooked meals and sometimes that’s all it takes for a restaurant to thrive in these parts.
Mrs. Jones’ Mealbox
GF Sunergia Building (near VCMC)
Jones Avenue/Osmeña Boulevard
Opens daily, store hours to follow