How to Eat Your Way Through the Philippines

Ready to eat good on an even better budget? Try hitting up these delicious restaurants when traveling through the Philippines on your next trip!

Ni'Kesia Pannell Jun, 24, 2016

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Known as Asia’s answer to McDonald’s, Jollibee was created in the Philippines. Though there are chains of the loveable restaurant in the United States, Jollibee has amassed an incredible amount of success the Philippines since being founded in 1978. A tasty option to soothe your burger needs, there’s no way you can visit the country without trying authentic tasting Jollibee.  


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Move over Waffle House, Dorothy’s Waffles is here to shut stuff down! Located in Angono, Philippines, the small location inside of the mall will make the travel well worth it. Unlike any other waffle place you’ve been to, Dorothy’s Waffles puts together some of the most delectable and unconventional flavors between a folded golden brown waffle. From tuna to strawberry, this is definitely one place you want to give a try.

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Beginning as a chicken restaurant in the 1940’s, Max’s Restaurant has grown to be a Filipino tradition. Expanding their menu to pancit, sandwiches, seafood, and more, the ever-popular restaurant has become a staple in the community. Though it can be found in select cities in the United States, the international eating experience gives you a feeling like none other.

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Located in the mall outlets throughout the Philippines, Classic Savory has been a staple in the Filipino communities since the 1950’s. Delivering great food at affordable prices, Classic Savory has everything from Asian favorites and seafood to buttered and glazed chicken.


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Established in 1974, the Pancake House has developed into a go-to restaurant for both natives and tourists of the Philippines. Serving up more than just pancakes, the Pancake House is guaranteed to deliver satisfaction in every bite.

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Nothing beats fresh fruit smoothies when you’re in the midst of a hot day. Fruitas – a local fruit smoothie franchise – supplies you with no additive smoothies that are both delicious and filling every time. Though fresh fruit smoothies can be found almost anywhere nowadays, these refreshing (and cheap!) smoothies will have you questioning if anyone else’s smoothies are really as fresh as they claim.

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Now under the Jollibee Foods Corporation umbrella, Greenwich Pizza is a Philippines-based pizza and pasta chain. Sure the Philippines has their own franchises of some of our favorite pizza places like Pizza Hut, Papa John’s and Dominos, but giving their recipes a try is great way to experience an everyday American meal through the eyes and flavors of the Philippines. 

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If the name Goldilocks sounds familiar, then you may have been exposed to it if you’ve cruised around certain parts of the west coast. While its franchise is still growing over here in the United States, there’s nothing like picking up some delicious native sweets from the actual country they were derived from. Not a huge fan of sweet delights? Goldilocks has got some tasty food options for you too. 


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Looking to create an unforgettable pizza experience? Project Pie can help! If you haven’t had the opportunity to try out one of the state-side locations (which aren’t found in many areas), heading while in the Philippines is a great option – especially if you’re looking for Americanized food. Not traveling to the Philippines? No worries, Project Pie is expanding in the U.S., Scotland, and Dubai!  

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If you’re looking for real authentic Filipino dishes, Razon’s should be your first stop. From the delicious tastes of Halo Halo to the undeniably satisfying flavors of Longsilog, Razon’s is your place to be.