Davao's Best Through the Years

There are so many things I love about Davao but right on top of the list is food! Here I will be sharing with you some of my favorite food stops whenever I am in my hometown for a weekend visit or a longer stay wherein I get to go back to these places more than once. These establishments have been around for so many years that apart from great food, so many memories abound. There is nothing elaborate to talk about like good ambiance or fancy silverware. It is down right to the food they serve. So read on, start planning when you’ll have a taste of these yummy treats and making memories of your own.

Lachi’s Sans Rival, Atbp.
Ruby Street, Marfori Heights, Davao City

One does not seek comfort food when you are home but Lachi’s is an exception. Do not let the small canteen type set-up fool you because once you are seated, you are in for a full meal that beats those they serve at expensive restaurants or hotels. I am also not exaggerating when I say eating here will make you forget all your problems, at least during the whole time you are eating.



My latest visit was for a quick late lunch with my Tatay. Since we were already hungry, we started off our meal by sharing a slice of Lachi’s Classic Sans Rival. As in their official name, this dessert is a famous specialty. They even have a Durian version that is available upon request.


Classic Sans Rival


For the Tummy Warmers, I ordered my usual Unforgettable Grilled Pork Ribs (P132). Try it and you will understand why they call it that. Tatay, who eats only fish, ordered the Fish Fillet with Tartar Sauce (P110) and for someone who cooks really well he liked it because the fish was fresh and they cooked it just right.


Fish Fillet with Tartar Sauce



Unforgettable Grilled Pork Ribs


Actually there is nothing in the menu of this humble place that will fall short of your expectation. Other favorites include the Grilled Pork Chop (P65), Dad’s Paksiw na Lechon (P115) and Davao Durian Cheesecake to cap your meal.

Luz Kinilaw Place
Salmonan Quezon Boulevard, Davao City

At the start of this article, it has already been mentioned that these are not swanky places in fact you will easily miss this next food institution if you are not looking very closely. The somewhat dirty façade, a result of the passing of time along one of the city’s busiest streets, makes you think twice if you are indeed in the right place.



Fear not, you can always take out as my family always does. And when you do, do not forget to include in your tab Inihaw na Tuna, Inihaw na Pusit (price depends on the size) and of course how can you not order Kinilaw. Take the time to pick the right part of the fish that you like and if you are up for it watch as they cook, chat up the ladies and maybe you’ll be lucky enough to find out their secret.



Luz Kinilaw specialties also make as great pasalubong. They have this excellent way of packaging that ensures freshness even after the almost two hours of flight time from Davao to Manila.



Patok sa Manok Restaurant & Grill
Governor Duterte Street (main branch)

There are so many Lechon Manok brands all over the country but I have to say nothing beats the litson manok (P150) of Patok sa Manok.



My college roommate Janice (who is not from Davao so no bias here and who has traveled to many countries hence has tasted many cuisines) once described it as “the best chicken in the whole world!” and I have to agree with her at least when it comes to the world of lechon manok. And my other countless Manila friends who have been recipients of this delish chicken would always second the motion.

Make sure then that if you find yourself in one of the biggest cities in the world that you find your way to these food havens.

Kaon na!

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