Best of Baguio’s Homegrown Eats

Cafe by the Ruins 4

We went to Baguio primarily to give support to the downhill squad… so little time for personal explorations, yet our pouches were brimming with Baguio’s fine meals when we were not climbing the skirts of the Camp John Hay bike trail.

Now a classic, Cafe by the Ruins, known for arty-crafty elements, is still at the top of its game. Undergoing a much needed facelift,  the cafe appears and feels more spacious.

Cafe by the Ruins 2Cafe by the Ruins 4DH CrewCafe by the RuinsTamarind Shake

New in the Ruins menu,  the tamarind shake bites like a sick sourball — crazy with lots of salt!

Cafe by the Ruins 5Lechon Rice

Alexa and I didn’t want any of the boys’ pigar-pigar (sorry, beef and cabbage are my only clues), so I insisted on breakfast food for the two of us. Ask any local the best place to eat in Baguio and he’ll lead you to Good Taste Restaurant. It’s a huge 24-hr 2-level diner (in between the Burnham Park and Legarda Road) that serves mostly Filipino-Chinese dishes in traditional Baguio-style, reminiscent of the fine grubs at Star Cafe, 456 Restaurant, Cathy’s, Luisa’s Cafe, Kayang Restaurant and the like. Satisfying, budget big meals are its charm.

Good Taste-Baguio

Alexa went practical with a basic fried rice with egg. When in Baguio, lechon rice isu, just like bagbet (bagnet and pinakbet) is to Laoag. You won’t go wrong with local bakery items — the Cordillerans know their breads too well.

Wood Nymph-Baguio

After bike practice, we were divided into two groups. We thought we were the only ones craving for Korean barbecue, but it so happened that the two groups were in two different Korean restos at the same time. A case of common thoughts.

Another popular local restaurant, the Wood Nymph specializes in Korean cuisine. Warning: Don’t get scandalized if you see an item in the menu that is mutually shared by Koreans and Cordillerans.

BulgogiWood Nymph-Baguio

The catchy part was topping the steaming mountain rice with pork bulgogi, better than the bibimpop with hotness level you can customize. Banchan (side dishes) ranged from extremely hot kimchi to sweet marble potatoes, while namul was out of sight.

Baguio Slaughter House

For the uncritical lover of food, the Balajadia Restaurant in the Baguio slaughterhouse area remains to serve old time Filipino favorites such as bulalo, tinuno (grilled meats) with dinardaraan (blood meat) sauce, manggang hilaw at itlog na maalat (green mango salad with red eggs), sangkutsar, atbp.. Pretentious foodies have no room in the area.

Bulalo Soup

Balajadia Restaurant, Slaughter House, BaguioSoup No. 5

The men got thrilled for their Soup No.5, a guy thing.

Next on the blog, the inland food adventure continues.

Photographed by Blauearth © Blauearth™ All Rights Reserved 2009-2013

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