Cebu, a province in the Philippines’ Central Visayas Region is one of the country’s top tourist destinations. Heralded as the “Queen City of the South,” tourism numbers are high here; in fact, it draws about two million foreign tourists year in and year out. In line with this, the number of travel packages and deals to Cebu are booming.
Wondering what attracts tourists to this province? Well, it’s the white-sand beaches, spectacular diving spots, and good food! Simply put, it’s a haven if you’re a foodie who wants to indulge in mouthwatering meals that only the province of Cebu can offer. The question still stands, though: where should you eat if you head over to the “Queen City of the South?” Worry no more since we’ve got you covered.
Remember, your Cebu escapade won’t be complete without a taste of lechon de Cebu and what better place to try it than in Carcar Lechon, which is known among locals as the Queen of all lechons. Their variety comes packed with mouthwatering flavors since their pigs are bathed in broth as well as drippings before being cooked. While there, treat yourself to crispy golden red skin, tender meat, layers of fat, and so on. Mouthwatering indeed!
Gibb’s Hot Wings
Are you a chicken lover? Then rejoice! Gibb’s Hot Wings is just perfect for you; in fact, it can give Dear Manok a run for their money! Traveling with your squad? Grab some craft beers and go for the spiciest level of wings challenge. Worrying if they’re too hot for you? Then you’d be happy to find out that they serve a special beverage for the burning sensation. If you are faint-hearted, then just try their tacos, potato wedges, and carbonara, among others.
Chix Savour made a name for itself for its cheap (yet appetizing) Chinese dimsum. In addition to this, you can also try their Meatballs Congee, Wholesarap Chicken (house specialty), Tofulicious, which is arguably the most flavorsome tofu dish that you will try. Furthermore, Chix Savour is strategically situated in Salinas Drive; within close proximity to the IT Park.
Joed’s Lutong Hapon
Into Japanese food? Then Joed’s Lutong Hapon is the place to be. While there, you can indulge in a variety of dishes such as sushi, pork gyudon, and the likes. Their taste are not too salty and the seaweeds as well as other ingredients are fresh and seasoned. Aside from being delectable, meals are light on the pocket. For instance a bowl of pork gyudon costs about PHP 95.00.
Oriental Spice Gourmet
If you’re willing to travel for good food, then Oriental Spice Gourmet is just what the doctor ordered for you. A bit far from the city center, it is well worth the commute. There, your craving for delectable Southeast Asian dishes such as Hainese Chicken, Phad Thai, Tom Yam Chicken, and Laksa is going to be satisfied. To add, their personnel are accommodating and friendly. Also, a vast majority of items in their menu are below PHP 200. Perfect if you’re traveling on a budget.
Prepare to taste the most full-flavored baby back ribs ever. Well, that may be a bit exaggerated, but seriously, Casa Verde’s baby back ribs is a little something that you won’t regret; it’s a must try if you’re in Cebu. It’s just mouthwatering, period. One order comes with a cup of rice as well as buttered veggies and it can actually go for sharing. Also, it’s light on the pocket, costing less than PHP 300.00.
Kusina Uno is your go-to-diner if you want a taste of authentic Filipino Cuisine. Their best-sellers are Nilagang Baka, soup that is simmered whole peppercorns and onions and Pochero, a tomato-based stew and this is the reason why it’s flocked by locals and tourists alike. You’d be happy to know that Kusina Uno is open 24-hours a day, making it an ideal stop after a day of touring.
Another diner that is a bit far from the city center, but definitely worth the effort. Some of their best sellers are Costillas de Cordo (baby back ribs in orange barbeque sauce), Chuletas (marinated pork chop), and Elotes (grilled corn on cob). All of them cost below PHP 200.00; as such, you can enjoy a gastronomic experience without breaking the bank.
Craving barbecue and other dishes at an ungodly hour? Then head over to Cebu’s favorite barbecue place: Larsian. A must-try while there is Chorizo de Cebu (local sausage), which is coupled by rice that is wrapped in leaves. Don’t expect anything fancy since it’s just a circle of about 30 stalls where vendors simply hawk their barbecues. There are no spoons and forks there and you are going to be given disposable plastic gloves.
Ever wonder how Cebu’s dried mangoes are made? Take a sneak peak in Mandaue’s ProFood factory where you can watch a short film that shows the mentioned mangoes’ manufacturing procedures in the factory’s mini theater. Also, you can stroll in their museum that contains exhibits that explain the entity’s rich history. And of course, buy their food products or souvenirs.
Café Jasmin is a unique coffee shop that also doubles as a creative hub. Every cup of coffee is a masterpiece that can be paired with French or Italian pastry. Upon leaving, make sure to get a copy of love-themed poems that are written by the café owner: Kota Yamada.
These are only some of the finest and most sought after dining places in Cebu. Make sure to visit them if you’re a foodie who wants to achieve a one of a kind Cebu escapade that is one for the books when it comes to good food, excitement, cost efficiency, and so on. Rest assured that the food that the abovementioned entities serve are worth your time, money, and effort. They can satisfy your palate and may even prompt you to come back for more.
How about you? Been to other Cebu food places that we didn’t write here? Share your experiences and/or tips to us. Many seasoned travelers and backpackers out there would love to hear from you.