10 Restaurants That Are Worth the Drive
You can't possibly explore on an empty stomach, can you?
(SPOT.ph) Sometimes you just need a respite from chaotic city life and get some R&R. And because there’s bound to be worthwhile food stops in the nearby towns, going for a road trip to recharge your batteries isn’t that bad—hey, it’s the next best thing if you missed that seat sale. So whether you’re headed east, north, or south, key in any of these must-visit, out-of-town restaurants on your navigation system and let your palate do a bit of exploring. After all, you can’t travel on an empty stomach!
Any city-dweller would love the change in scenery at Burrow Café, where their garden-like setting will make you feel like you’re outdoors even if you’re not. Here, you can enjoy a lot of tasty meals like the Tender Beef Tapa, which lives up to its name. Made with fork-tender yakiniku-style Japanese beef, it’s served with garlic rice and milky scrambled eggs. After that, linger some more for their coffee and desserts—the Dayap Crème Brulée features a soft and creamy custard with a zing of citrus and fresh-fruit slices. You're sure to end up lounging in their comfy hammocks after that filling meal.
Burrow Café is at 113 Beverly Hills Avenue, Beverly Hills Subdivision, Antipolo City.
Crescent Moon Café
Aside from the fresh and cool Antipolo ambience, what will make your drive to Crescent Moon Café worthwhile is their unique food offerings. Order any of their Southeast Asian-inspired à-la-carte dishes like the Twice-Cooked Pork Belly with Adobo Mulberry Sauce, a succulent pork dish that comes with red rice and a side salad with peanut-lime dressing. On weekends, visitors can enjoy Crescent Moon Café’s healthy buffet, which includes appetizers, like their best-selling Alagao Salad, a wide selection of entrées, red rice, and Antipolo’s signature delicacy, suman served with ripe mango slices. Don’t miss the opportunity to learn pottery when you’re here—or you can simply buy handmade crafts from their store!
Crescent Moon Café is at L. Sumulong Memorial Circle, Sitio Parugan, Dalig, Antipolo City.
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Yellow Bird Café x Kitchen
Practically every corner is IG-worthy at this trendy backyard-style café—from the beautifully plated dishes, to the interiors that feature a vertical garden, a tiled staircase, and an eye-catching red brick wall. New on the menu are the Baby Back Ribs, which are cooked for eight hours and served with French beans and baby potatoes. Those looking for something light might want to try the Sesame-Crusted Salmon Fillet with miso, wasabi mayo, Sriracha honey, and rice. Yellow Bird Café also has a lot of coffee options that are made from their customized La Marzocco espresso machine. Their homemade cheesecakes are perfect with a cup of joe, too.
Yellow Bird Café x Kitchen is at Lot 3, Block 2, Mission Hills Boulevard, Mission Hills Subdivision, Dalig, Antipolo City.
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You can’t go wrong with Pampanga, food-wise—after all, it’s the culinary capital of the Philippines. Learn to say manyaman (Kapampangan for “delicious”) when you sample Café Fleur’s unique offerings like the Crispy Pork Belly + Truffle Macadamia Kare-Kare, which has rice and homemade bagoong on the side, and Tamales Pampanguena, or steamed rice flour with annatto oil, salted egg, and edible flowers. A good drink to try when here is the Batirol, a rich, hot drink made with Malagos chocolate from Davao. To make the road trip even more worthwhile, you can grab delicacies and other pasalubong items from their display shelf.
Café Fleur is located at The Garden, Dycaico Ancestral House, Sto. Rosario, Angeles City, Pampanga.
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You would think that B&B stands for “bed & breakfast,” as it typically does, but the one in Pampanga is totally different. It’s a restaurant that refers to barbecue and beer, which basically represents Filipino nightlife culture. At this casual eatery, you’ll see a steady stream of smoke from the grill starting late afternoon, until way after midnight. Feel like you’re in an episode of Bizarre Foods when you sink your teeth into grilled delicacies like isaw baboy, betamax, and paldeut or chicken ass. There are also off-the-grill specialties that make for good bar chow, so bring your buddies along and drink—and eat—the night away.
B&B Grill is at Richthofen Street corner Hensonville Homes Subdivision, Angeles City, Pampanga.
Many think that Taal is where Taal volcano and lake are located. In fact, it’s an entirely different town in Batangas that has a lot of heritage homes and even the largest Catholic church in Asia, the Taal Basilica. It’s also home to Tampuhan Café, which dishes up popular Batangueño food like lomi (thick egg-noodle soup). If you happen to stay at the eatery’s cozy bed and breakfast, order the Tapsilog, Longsilog, or Hunghangsilog (spicy Hungarian sausage –silog), and start your day right before exploring the little town.
Tampuhan Café is at Calle Marcela Mariño Agoncillo, Taal, Batangas.
It’s not just about the food at Calle Real, but the location, too. Situated in an old ancestral house that was built in 1922, the restaurant has now become a culinary destination in Tanza. You’ll enjoy Filipino favorites such as the cheesy Beef Kaldereta, crackling Pork Binagoongan, and savory Tokwa Sisig. But what’s popularly eaten in this area is the Calandracas, a soupy noodle dish that’s normally served during social gatherings. Don’t miss the restaurant’s version, which has glass noodles and a hearty mix of protein and veggies.
Calle Real is at 8 Sta. Cruz Street, Barangay Poblacion 2, Tanza, Cavite.