Food and Drinks

6 Local Food Spots in Davao City

After few weeks of hiatus, I now continue my search and share with you briefly some new addition of small and local restaurants to our fast-growing Davao city.

Note: These are based on our own honest opinion and personal experiences only. This is definitely not a sponsored post. If you want to know more about the restaurants I’ve mentioned, you may search them on Facebook.


1. Espetada – House of the Hanging Chicken

According to Wikipedia, Espetada is a typical Portuguese dish made usually of large chunks of beef rubbed in garlic and salt, skewered onto a bay leaf stick cooked over hot coals or wood chips.

It was around late January when I saw them featured in Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho in GMA that made me want to try this. The night of January 30th, 2015 Danny and I found ourselves driving around Obrero so we could locate this small and non-aircon place to meet my girl friends. When we got our table, the staff recommended these:

Cheesy Cheesy — Php70. Good for 2-3 persons.
And of course, their famous Chicken Espetada with rice and veggies — Php100.

It was good except the food was already a bit cold when served. But if I could come back, maybe I’ll try other dishes like beef kebab or beef hummus.

Image taken from Google Maps (Click for a larger image)

Address: Sobrecary Street, Obrero along Blue Carabao

Operating Hours: Tue to Fri 4:00pm-12mn and Sat to Sun 11:00am-11:00pm

Soft Opening Date: November 2014

2. Burger Chef

We’ve tried Riley Simon Grilled Burger (closed), Space Burger, Gino’s Burger, The Metro Burgers (closed), Hollywood Burgers, Red Corner Cafe and Backyard Burgers and a new addition to our list is the Burger Chef last January 8, 2015.


Upon entering, I can’t help but notice their cute, creative and colorful chalkboard menu wall. They have a wide selection of burgers and chips. You can even customize them.

Burger chef set meal with fries and iced tea – Php225

The patty was made of pure beef and charcoal-grilled just right. For health conscious poeple, no worries ’cause they use fresh organic veggies straight from Amarelo Farms and huge, whole wheat bun. But I think, the bun was just too thick.

Image taken from Foursquare (click for a larger image)

Address: Plaza del Carmen, Loyola Street,

Operating Hours: Monday to Sunday 10:00am-10:00pm

Grand Opening Date: November 19, 2014

3. Huckleberry Southern Kitchen & Bar

My Huckleberry friend, moon river and me – this is what came to my mind the first time I’ve heard of this place.

Out of curiosity, my “twin” friend and I wanted to try this for our post birthday celebration (February 26, 2015) with our husbands and friends.

The moment I entered the place, it felt like I was in somebody’s basement with a bar area on the left. The waitress assisted us to our table and handed the menu and the choices are quite limited.

Spaghetti with Andouille Sausage and Bacon — Php200
Beef Skewers with Red Kidney Beans and Pickled Veggies — Php210
Meat Jambalaya — Php145

When I saw my order – meat jambalaya after 15 minutes or so, it reminded me of fried rice. However, the taste was quite similar with shawarma rice without the sauce.

Image taken from Foursquare (click for a larger image)

Address: Oboza Compound, Rizal Street corner Ponciano Street

Operating Hours: Monday to Sunday 11:00am – 2:00pm, 5:30pm – 2:00am

Opened: January 28, 2015

4. Caffé Antoccino

Food posts flooding my IG made me wanna try out this cafe.

Antoccino is a type of espresso with a 1:1 ratio of steamed milk. This cafe does not only serve coffee, but delish meals as well.

One fine Monday (March 2, 2015), Danny and I had our lunch date at this place. It was packed with college students, but we managed to get a table.


I ordered Chicken Cordon Bleu on Bechamel sauce with mashed potato instead of rice and it was superb! In huge serving, too.


Danny’s sausage trio was also yummy. It didn’t look nor taste cheap.

As for our drinks: Lemonade – Php70 and Mint Lemonade – Php80. Everything costed us a total of Php650 and there are still many dishes to try on the next visit!

Image taken from Google Maps (click for a larger image)

Address: 59 Leon M. Guerrero Street

Operating Hours: Monday to Sunday 10:00am – 10:00pm

Grand Opening Date: December 8, 2014

5. Wild Garlic

While Danny and I were still outside when we spotted this place last March 4, 2015, we could see all the stares of the staff were on us like they are seeing customers for the first time. It might be because we came in at 1:30pm? When we got inside, I think they were in the middle of a meeting, they all stood up, one was cleaning a table, and all but one transferred to the conference room.


This interior gave me a homey feeling.

House specialty: Wild Garlic Grilled Chicken with rice and salad of the day at Php168.

Unfortunately, the house specialty was a bit salty, though.

1/2 Greaseless Chicken with rice and salad of the day at Php168.

Yes, a half of the chicken at an affordable price. Super sulit!

Photo grabbed from their FB page

Address: 497 South Street, DBP Village, Maa

Operating Hours: Tue-Sat 11:00am-10:00pm and Sun 11:00am-2:00 pm 5:00pm-10:00 pm

Grand Opening Date: January 19, 2015

6.  J Palermo’s Diner

A small place which opened last November 2014 and owned by a sexy Filipina star named Juliana Palermo.


It was last March 5, 2015 when we first came in here. We were greeted with a jolly and smiling staff and handed us their menu.


Cured salmon was on my mind before we came. I’m a fan of salmon, but not mustard. When I saw their menu few weeks ago, it was only Php150. But they increased price to Php200. There was a mixture of sour and salty taste that I couldn’t explain but it was quite good.


Bolognese on the pot like how Koreans have their noodles at home.


Swedish meatballs with mashed potato which Danny didn’t let me try.

Too bad, we didn’t see miss Palermo around.

Image taken from Google Maps (click for a larger image)

Address: Circumferential Road, Marfori

Operating Hours: Mon-Sat 10:00am-10:00pm



I have read many good reviews of Sy Bee Tin / Nonong “Alexis” Grill so it left me to decide that I had to try it myself. Spotting this place isn’t difficult.

It was a bit late lunch time when me, my sister and her best friend arrived. Stepping into the place, there were few people who were still hanging out and chatting. It’s not the typical Sy Bee Tin eatery set-up, if you are familiar with it. The place is well-lit, clean and air-conditioned. We sat at the nearest table with red-colored leather sofa. The waitress gave us two sets of menu. One for Sy Bee Tin and the other for Nonong Grill.


Here’s the menu of Nonong Grill:


Our appetizers are from Sy Bee Tin menu:

Molo Soup
Vietnamese-inspired Spring Rolls

We ordered some of the best seller main courses:

Grilled Ribs (medium) – Php160
Honey Roast Pork – Php145
Cheesy Beef – Php155

The soup was good, not oily or salty. As for the main course, we liked the cheesy beef best. If I would have to come again, I would probably try their spicy tuna pesto pasta.


Photo from Google Maps (click to enlarge)

Address: D5 ATT Commercial Complex Torres cor. Tavera Streets

Operating Hours: Monday to Saturday 10:00 am – 9:00 pm

Contact Number: (082) 224 2073

Facebook Page: Nonong “Alexis” Grill


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