Making a Bacolod itinerary is no joke because there are so many things to do and there’s only one you. You can gawk at the beauty of The Ruins, go museum hopping at Silay City, hike and swim at Mambukal Resort, and if you happen to be visiting in October, party at the Masskara Festival!
But if there’s one thing that should really be included in our TDL for Bacolod, it’s to eat! In the City of Smiles, you can’t help but be happy because there’s food everywhere you turn. And we’re not just talking about chicken inasal …although that’s good, too!
The seafood is only of the freshest quality here and their desserts are impeccable. If you want to know where the best eats are around the city, here are the top 10 Bacolod restaurants for 2015!
10. Kubo sa Lawn
Kubo sa Lawn, or KSL as the locals call it, has set itself apart from most of the other eateries in Bacolod. Because while everyone else has chicken inasal as their specialty, KSL has mastered the art of cooking up the perfect plate of sizzling pork sisig!
This kubo is the chillest tambayan spot for barkadas who want to cap the night off with some drinks and pulutan. Don’t forget to order extra bowls of rice to go with the huge servings of sisig!
Kubo sa Lawn can be found at P. Hernaez St. Ext., Bacolod City, Negros Occidental.
9. Cafe Bob’s Open Grounds
Found right smack in the middle of Lacson street, Cafe Bob’s is a convenient choice when Bacolod’s adventures have made you ravenous. They have practically everything here!
Serving up food and desserts like pizza, pasta, sandwiches, burgers, gelato, and cakes, it’s your one-stop shop for all kinds of hungry traveller cravings. The best part is, prices here allow you to stay within budget!
Cafe Bob’s Open Grounds can be found at Lacson St. cor. 21st St., Bacolod City, Negros Occidental.
8. Aboy’s Restaurant
Aboy’s wasn’t always famous. It used to be a tiny eatery near the Burgos Public Market back in 1992, frequented mostly by employees of the surrounding offices. It was only when word got out about their good food that they started making it big. Now, they’re in a much larger location, able to seat around 250 customers. So bring your squad along!
As you can already tell by the very Pinoy name, they serve local dishes here. Their menu goes on and on with items like Grilled Squid, Blue Marlin, Grilled Mushroom, and Pork Sisig. But the entrees you can’t miss out on are their bestselling Pangat and Squid Fats.
Aboy’s Restaurant can be found at Goldenfield Commercial Complex, Azalea St. cor. Mimosa St., Bacolod City, Negros Occidental.
7. Chicken House
Chicken House’s pecho, garlic rice, and toyomansi is a combination that’ll get you exclaiming “Namit gid!”–the Bacolodnon way of saying something is delicious. The chicken portions here are perfect for tired and hungry tourists, big enough to warrant an extra order or two of rice. Aside from their chicken inasal, the atay (liver) is another must-order here.
Judging from her looloo review, Abi J. clearly liked her meal: “One of the best inasals I’ve had! And hey! I’m from Bacolod! Imagine how many inasals I’ve eaten!”
Chicken House can be found at Lacson St. cor. 24th St., Bacolod City, Negros Occidental.
6. Manokan Country
You can’t call it a Bacolod trip unless you’ve had authentic chicken inasal. And where else to get your fill of this native staple than at Manokan Country! In this food complex, you’ll find that your options are limitless, with dozens of stalls all selling the much sought-after dish. The place might not have the comforts of an upscale restaurant, but put the kaartehan aside and you stomach will have a great time!
There’s Nena’s Beth, Nena’s Rose, Carmen, and a bunch of other stalls. But Aida’s Chicken Bacolod is everyone’s favorite choice for having tender, juicy, and flavorful chicken inasal. Best eaten, of course, with a mound of steaming hot rice!
Manokan Country can be found at Rizal St. cor. Ferrero St., Bacolod City, Negros Occidental.
5. 21 Restaurant
It may look all fine dining and fancy in here, but it hasn’t forgotten its humble beginnings. Before it was 21 Restaurant, it was 21 Corner, a snack house serving up burgers and batchoy. It still has batchoy on its menu today and prices remain affordable, but the simple interior was traded in for a more upscale look.
Their bestselling Regular Batchoy is a hit for a reason. Dell C. breaks it down in his looloo review: “I was blown away with my first sip. This is the best one I’ve tried, and to think that it is very affordable. The chicharon is crunchy even after drowned in the soup, noodles are really tender and cooked to perfection al dente style and the egg made this soup even tastier. Some would add toyo and calamansi but this is already good for me just the way it is”
21 Restaurant can be found at Lacson St. cor. 21st St., Bacolod City, Negros Occidental.
4. Pendy’s Snack Bar and Restaurant
All it takes to make your friends and family extremely happy is a box of Napoleones from Pendy’s. The pastry is light and flaky, the custard filling is rich but not cloyingly sweet, and the glaze on top is silky smooth. Just a quick warning, these little pillows of goodness are addicting! Another sweet treat you need to be bringing home are their crescent-shaped custard cakes called Half Moons!
Aside from being everyone’s favorite pitstop for pasalubong, Pendy’s also doubles up as a restaurant. Before your flight, have a bowl of their flavorful Batchon, a cross between la paz batchoy and lechon!
Pendy’s Snack Bar and Restaurant can be found at 25th cor. Lacson St., Bacolod City, Negros Occidental.
3. Felicia’s Pastry Café and Steak Room
If you want a surefire way of destroying your diet, a visit to Felicia’s should do the trick. Their dessert selection is so wide you’re going to want a bigger stomach to fit it all in. But because that’s humanly impossible, narrow it down to their most popular desserts. Their Chocolate Cake is to die for and their French Macarons are the biggest you’ll ever see. But their bestseller is the Sansrival, uncountable layers of flaky, creamy deliciousness.
Because this cafe has a steak room extension, you can grub on juicy meat before proceeding to desserts. Jeng S. in her looloo review enjoyed her steak, saying: “I loved their Filet Mignon! Very tender and not dry. We had it well-done and it was cooked perfectly right.”
Felicia’s Pastry Café and Steak Room can be found at the DOLL Bldg., 6th St., Bacolod City, Negros Occidental.
2. Lord Byron’s Back Ribs
Lord Byron was an English poet IRL. But in Bacolod, Lord Byron can only be synonymous to one thing–amazing ribs at extremely affordable prices! This place is a well-kept secret among a chosen few, hidden in a discreet location you’d have to take a tricycle to get to.
Everything is simple here. Open space, wooden tables and chairs, and a menu made up of a few Filipino staples. But taste their huge racks of tender, succulent ribs and you’ll realize that you can do away with fancy restaurants forever. It’s hard to believe it’s only ₱150 for a slab!
In his looloo review, Kiko G. gives a tip for anyone who wants to give Lord Byron’s a try: “It’s better to visit during lunch or late afternoon. Their back ribs is normally sold out even before the sun sets!”
Lord Byron’s Back Ribs can be found at Stork St., Homesite, Bacolod City, Negros Occidental.
1. Calea Pastries and Coffee
Negros Occidental is called the Sugar Bowl of the Philippines for having an abundant supply of sugar. And when one province has that much sugar, you just know they have great desserts! If you ask any local where to go for the best sweets in town, there’s a great chance they’ll point you to the direction of Calea, THE dessert institution in Bacolod!
You can’t help but be all takaw-mata in this cafe, with an overwhelming number of cakes temptingly arrayed atop their counters. If you’re having a hard time choosing (which you probably will), some of the popular picks among looloo reviewers are the White Chocolate Cheesecake, Imported Chocolate Cake, Blueberry Cheesecake, Mud Pie, and S’mores Cheesecake. Go ahead, knock yourself out!
Calea Pastries and Coffee can be found at these locations.