Davao eats, and eats WELL

Davao Food Appreciation Tour blog post #2. Let’s get eating!

If there’s one thing you must know about me in relation to travelling, it is that I travel for the food. I also go for photography jaunts and sight-seeing, yes, and I like learning about the history of the places I go to, but I travel primarily for the good food. The different food, not just ones I can cook myself. The local food, the ones that the locals love to go to, and not just the ones that get featured in expensive magazines.

That’s what attracted me to the Davao Food Appreciation Tour, actually. I was going to get inside information from Davaeños! If you want to know where are the best places to eat in Davao, then read on.

Disclosure: Our visit was sponsored by the following restaurants. All opinions remain my own and are in no way influenced by the establishments. (Just by the taste of the food!)

PABLO’S Steaks and Crabs
This is where we had our first dinner. Pablo’s is a good, quiet sit-down restaurant along what I would call the Tomas Morato of Davao. If your family would like a nice, hearty candlelit dinner, this is the place to go. Owned by the Sunglao family of the General Santos City, they Pablo’s steaks encourage you to eat every meal like it’s your last.

My personal favorite: the Shrimp in Garlic and Olive Oil, and the Insalata del Sol (with fruity dressing). You MUST try the Insalata del Sol. OH. MY. GOODNESS!!!

What can I say? I love shrimp!


The dressing is heavenly! Aiyayay!

Also try: the Mussels Chowder, the Mushroom and Asparagus Beef Roll, and Pablo’s Pepper Steak.

Mushroom. Asparagus. Beef. Three of my favorite ingredients in one roll!


PABLO’S Steaks and Crabs
Price Range: P250 – P2000 (Premium Steaks)
Location: Metro Lifestyle Complex, Jacinto cor. F. Torres, Davao City
Contact Number:+6382-222-0793
Email Address: pablos.davao@yahoo.com
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PENONG’S Barbeque Seafoods and Grill
If you’re a fan of barbecue and/or you love rice, you must visit Penong’s. It is the restaurant that serves the cheapest, juicest barbecued pork spareribs I have ever tasted! I was so hungry from the aroma, I didn’t take photos. Oops!

And they are also the first barbecue restaurant that started serving unlimited rice, that most all the other barbecue places also served unlimited rice now. Oh, and it is here that I realized that I hadn’t tasted truly good Inato Chicken Barbecue before. I ate so much, I was so thankful I was wearing a loose shirt. Haha!

And the price? Super cheap! Also, the waiters are attentive, and the place is well ventilated, and, yes, the restrooms are always clean, too!

I recommend going to Penong’s for lunch, but of course, you can go at any time of the day.

PENONG’S Barbeque Seafoods and Grill
Food Served: Inato Chicken Barbeque with Unlimited Rice, Spareribs Barbeque
Price Range: P60 – P200
Locations: Sta. Ana Avenue, Davao City and Ilustre Street, Davao City
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Silog-lovers, listen up! If you like anythingsilog, then Taps, the breakfast capital of Davao, is the place for you. There’s tapsilog, hotsilog, tocilog, porksilog, lekasilog, adosilog, …and a whole menu full of silog combinations—some of them I didn’t even imagine before—and will make you torn in deciding which to get!


photo by Migs

I eventually got basilog—bacon, sinangag (fried rice) and itlog (egg). We had breakfast there before island-hopping and snorkeling, so I can assure you that the servings are yummy and filling.

Taps is one of those restaurants that have been around since our parents were still crazy teenagers, so I’m pretty sure they know what they’re doing!


Owner: Benjie Lizada
Food Served: Various Silog Meals (Tapa, Tocino, Bangus, Bacon, etc)
Locations: Branches around Davao City: Ilustre Street, Torres Street, Matina Town Square

PICOBELLO Ristorante Italiano
For my last dinner at Davao, we went to Picobello. It’s a cozy little restaurant in Gaisano mall, perfect for families or barkadas. To be completely honest, I’ve forgotten what I ate there. But I do know that it was delicious, and I do know that the place was so nice, I had a great time with my friends and being all sentimental about our trip ending. And I also know that I was too busy eating to take photos. Haha!

PICOBELLO Ristorante Italiano
Food: Pizza and Pasta
Price Range: P200 – P600
Location: Gaisano South Mall, Ilustre Street, Davao City

Coming up: our adventure in Davao’s mountains and seas, and even more Davao food!

9 thoughts on “Davao eats, and eats WELL

  1. Lexie November 25, 2010 / 11:43 pm

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  2. Lexie November 25, 2010 / 11:43 pm

    TAPS! I remember going there almost everyday when I was 15 years old. I always ordered the tapsilog, though. 😛

    You’re making me miss Davao. 🙂

    • Sarah November 28, 2010 / 6:37 pm

      Haha! Hawa-hawa lang yan. I’ve only been to Taps once, but I miss it already T_T

  3. Loraine November 29, 2010 / 5:25 pm

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  4. Loraine November 29, 2010 / 5:25 pm

    Goodness! This post made me hungry.
    Davao is on my list. With all that food, my, ahem, “healthy eating” habits will surely be broken.

    • Sarah November 30, 2010 / 9:08 am

      Go, go, go! Sali ka sa DFAT next year! 😀

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