Kadayawan Food Trip

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014


SPECIFICALLY this is for those visiting Davao for the Kadayawan. But this is for everyone really. Where to eat in Davao? Let me share some of my favorite eating places. They are not in order.

Elena's - An old time favorite of the family. Her tuna pakprit is famous and for reason. No one can beat Elena with that dish. But it does not end there. To make it easier let me share with you what we usually eat. First we have the pakrpit tuna, then we have the sinigang na lapulapu( it is goooood), then her divine lechon kawali and of course the laing. (We usually have three of those!). Then to top everything, we order her halo-halo which is how halo-halo should be. Oh by the way she has steaks too but if you are eating there for the first time, order the pakprit tuna. And the laing. And the lechon kawali. And the sinigang. (Elena's is near the NCCC mall in Maa. It is a small place, so keep your eyes open.)

Tiny Kitchen - Oh how I love Tiny Kitchen. One of their signature dishes is their paella. Actually there are three kinds so it really is your preference. Their paella is super good. But I like their pasta even more. One time I went there and I could not decide what to eat then, Inting, the owner suggested something. He said he would cook it himself so how could I refuse. It was pasta in some paella sauce. That intrigued me. When it arrived, I ate everything including the bread! I like their marinara and their puttanesca. Chona likes the lengua. I wash everything down with their fresh lemonade. Then their coffee comes next and that wonderful cheesecake of theirs. They have a wide choice of yummy cakes. Recently we brought a Manila friend of ours to Tiny Kitchen, he liked it so much that the following day, he went back. Tiny Kitchen is a must. If you like quiet, I suggest you go there in the afternoons like between two to four. Otherwise, the place is full during peak hours. (It is located along F. Torres Street.)

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Red Corner - Along Mapa Street near the old Tumble Tots school is Red Corner. They serve only one thing. Burgers. It is enough. Their burgers are really delicious and their servings are generous. The burger toppings are worth it. You get a lot of choices from Red Corner, from small to medium to large to insanely huge. My favorite is one with blue cheese toppings! Sounds tempting does it. So go for it. Red Corner awaits.

Boiling Crabs. - My wife and I are crab eaters. We also love shrimps so when you see a restaurant that offers both, you know without a doubt that my wife and I would not hesitate to try it. Boiling does not disappoint. Their shrimps and crabs are simply a must. You get two choices on how they are cooked. With their own sauce and deep fried in garlic. We tried both and we like the deep fried better. The order comes with rice but the rice was hardly eaten because we had our fill with shrimps and crabs. We eat at their Lanang Business Park branch for two reasons. Less people and closer to our house. They also have good customer service. I recommend Boiling. (Two branches, one in Bajada and the other at Lanang.)

Penong's - Inexpensive but good barbecue. Penong's does really have good barbecue. Their pecho which like is something I look forward to. But I also like their pinakbet and their liempo. Their pork barbecue is worth trying. A niece of mine ate at Penong's Lanang and she accidentally left her iPhone. We got it back without hassle. Their staff was professional and accommodating. They dot not only have good barbecue but they have a responsible crew. Try Penong's. They are all over Davao City.

Dencia's - The old reliable. The constant. Dencia's brings back childhood memories. Their tokwa't baboy and lugaw is a staple to full blooded Dabawenyos. So is their Pancit Canton and pinsecfrito. (Try Dencia's along General Luna, beside Gaisano South).

There are others too which I have mentioned in previous articles.

Ah Fat and Lachi's
And while you are it, try durian but not too much though. Leave room for lanzones and mangosteen. Happy Kadayawan.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on August 13, 2014.

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