Be it dining in a fancy restaurant or trying out local cuisines and delicacies, food has always been part of my every travel. As they say, you'll know more about the place you're visiting by trying out their food. If you're looking for must-visit food destinations that are just 2-3 hours away from the big city, here are 3 of my favorite "not-so-popular-but-still-awesome" food destinations near Metro Manila.
Balanga, BataanThe City of Balanga is known for its historical sites and migratory birds visiting the city. Unknown to many, it is also home to many restaurants offering a wide array of delectable and sumptuous dishes that will surely tickle every foodie's taste buds. Some of the must-visit restaurants in Balanga, Bataan are The Beanery, Wanam Chinese Restaurant and Joyous Tangway Grill for that ultimate Balanga Bataan food experience.
Malolos, BulacanMalolos Bulacan takes pride in its rich history, culture and significant role in Philippine history. It is evident in the old historical houses lining up its streets and a number of old churches and structures that remind us of Mololos’ glorious past. But more to its historical sites, Malolos is also home to delicious and mouth-watering dishes. One of the must-visit restaurants in Malolos is Bistro Maloleño, dubbed as the "Home of Authentic Bulacan Heritage Cuisines." With the goal of preserving the traditional Bulacan dishes, Bistro Maloleño offers old-age Malolos recipes and heritage cuisines that will surely tickle every guest’s discriminate palate.
Also, when visiting Malolos, don't forget to try their Old-fashioned Ensaymada and Inipit, which makes an awesome pasalubong to your family and friends back home.
Cabanatuan City, Nueva EcijaAnother lesser-known dining destination just 2.5 hours away from the Metro is Cabanatuan City. Cabanatueños also take pride in their delicious food products and local cuisines by offering dining places that will surely satisfy your hungry tummy. Two of the most popular and must-visit restaurants in Cabanatuan City include Rustica's and Hapag Vicentico's which offer arrays of Filipino favorites oozing with rich flavors.
Forget about your diet, indulge on some local delicacies and sweets from Edna's Cakeland, Puno's Ice Cream and Sherbet and Shing Fong Bakery which was established in 1915, making it one of the oldest bakeries in Cabanatuan City. Before going home, go to the Public market and buy some "Batutay Longganisa" which makes an ultimate pasalubong from Cabanatuan.
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