On a quest to discover new great places to eat? Let us take you to Pampanga! Besides, it won’t be hailed as the 'Culinary Capital of the Philippines' for nothing. Here’s a list of must-try restaurants with their highly recommended dishes for an ultimate Pampanga food trip!
Urban Crunch serves different bagnet dishes. To date, they offer kare-kare, dinakdakan, binagoongan, and bagnet with atchara. They have stalls in two leading food parks in Pampanga – Moderno Food Park in San Fernando and The Yard in Angeles City. Urban Crunch also won 2nd runner up for their Kare-kareng Bagnet and Dinakdakan at the recent Pampanga Taste Fest where Kapampangan foodies got to rate and critic local food offerings last April 2017. With its growing fan base and developing menu, more branches and even an actual restaurant might be on the way!
Recommended Dishes: Kare-kare Bagnet(P120) and Dinakdakan Bagnet (P120)
Dycaico Ancestral House, Brgy. Sto. Rosario, Angeles City
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Located in one of the national heritage sites, Dycaico’s ancestral house, 25 Seeds gives off that warm and cozy probinsya vibe. Owned and operated by one of the top chefs in the country, Chef Sau De Rosario, this farm-to-table restaurant unquestionably serves first-rate food.
Recommended Dishes: Sisig Paella(P425) and Norte Pizza (P425)
Fil-Am Friendship Highway, Barangay Cutcut, Angeles City
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Did someone say all-day breakfast? We heard you. Sunrise and breakfast both symbolize warmth, comfort, and happiness. Dining in this restaurant is always a dose of sunshine!
Recommended Dishes: I’m a Sinner (P205) and Champorado with Tuyo (P130)
I’m a Sinner is a stack of pancakes with peanut butter and syrup dripping from every tier and topped with candied bacon and bananas. This sinner tastes like heaven--my favorite sin!
Feeling under the weather? What better way to soothe your soul than to have hot Champorado with Tuyo or a steaming mug of porridge? Champorado always hits the spot. The pairing of champorado and tuyo (salted dried fish) might sound odd to other people but this is actually a Pinoy favorite. Sunrise Surprise even made their champorado better by adding bacon bits. What’s not to love?
Century Hotel, Mac Arthur Highway, Balibago, Angeles City
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Recommended Dishes: Tuna Poke (P270) and Salmon with Creamed Potato and Charred Cabbage
Pigs & Pints is the brainchild of hotelier and restaurateur, JR Tang, and one of Pampanga’s finest chefs, Chef Bong Sagmit. It is a gastropub where you could wine and dine with friends and family. They source their ingredients locally to help local farmers and they aim to be sustainable, so they try to make everything from scratch--even condiments such as vinegar.
Casa Mitzi Building, Sto. Rosario Street, Sto. Domingo, Angeles City
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Hungry Neighbors is a neighborhood dining place that started in Angeles City. It is owned by two brothers and a sister with the fondness of eating and inspirations from their travels. Upon entering the restaurant, it feels just like visiting good friends next door. The owners, who are very hands on, would often sit with you for small talk or to even drink with you.
Recommended Dishes: Lechon Macau(P185) and Bistecca Slices
Café Noelle easily made its mark in Pampanga because of its all year round Christmas theme. Owner-Chef Judy Uson named the café after her daughter. It all started with her desire to have a place where she could serve good food and people could feel as if they’re home. At present, Café Noelle has three branches in key areas in Pampanga – Clark, Angeles City, and San Fernando.
Recommended Dishes: Warm Spinach and Artichoke Dip and Spicy Tinapa Pasta (P225)
When it comes to authentic Kapampangan cuisine, Apag Marangle seems to be the top in mind. In addition to that, they are also famous for their exotic dishes like crickets and frogs. If you’re heading to Subic, they also have a branch in Harbor Point Mall!
Recommended Dishes: Adobong Camaru(P185) and Relyenong Betute (P85/P95)