Davao Food Trip: 5 Restaurants Worth Traveling For

Davao is known as the Durian Capital of the Philippines and also home of some of the freshest Filipino seafood dishes. In my recent trip to Davao, I was able to try a couple of dining spots and I have compiled my top five picks. So whether you're visiting for Kadayawan festival or you're just off down south for a vacation devoid of any street partying, here are five restaurants you need to check out in the city:

1. Penong's

For possibly the best chicken BBQ in Davao City, head over to one of the Penong's branches downtown. For PhP109, you get a huge piece of grilled chicken, atsara, and unlimited rice. The marinate is so flavorful, and the chicken so moist and juicy. Add PhP10 for the spicy special sauce, trust me, you'll get addicted!

Locations: click here

2. Outback Grill

If you're in the mood for some live entertainment as you dine, Outback Grill is the place to be. An acoustic band serenades you as you enjoy your grilled favorites and a cold bottle of beer, and as the night wears on, the waitstaff performs an energetic dance number. Prices here are above Davao City average (Manila rates) but the quality of the food justifies them. Order the Sizzling Gambas!

Outback Grill
Bacaca Road, Poblacion District, Davao City, Davao del Sur, Philippines
+63 82 300 3309

3. Cafe Tavera

If you want a bit more intimacy but still crave for local food, try Cafe Tavera, a Filipino restaurant serving exquisite seafood and Pinoy dishes. Fresh crabs get pimped up and are prepared Singaporean-style, but if you crave for local flavors, order the one with salted egg. Their ultra tender lechon kawali is a must try too!

Cafe Tavera
Avancena St., Poblacion District, Davao City

4. Bulcachong

You can't visit and leave a new place without trying their local street grub. If you're brave enough, try the bulcahong: boiled carabao meat in a reddish, spicy, bulalo-tasting broth. The meat is so tender and flavorful, you could mistake it for beef. Warning though: this is not for the faint-hearted!

General Luna St, Poblacion District, Davao City, Davao del Sur, Philippines

5. Blugre Coffee

Love durian? Try Blugre Coffee, the most popular cafe in Davao City serving durian-infused products. I loved the rich durian cheesecake with its layer of what tasted like durian dulce de leche. Even the drinks have durian flavoring in them. Try the signature Blugre coffee!

Blugre Coffee
Locations: click here

How many of these have you tried? What's your favorite dining spot in Davao City?

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