A list of Fun Food Finds in Iloilo

Aug 10, 2011 by

This uber-helpful list of specific food finds and where to get them was compiled by my good friend, Moniq. She’s not even overweight, but look what she has managed to write! Amazing.

This was brought about by sheer boredom. I have been uninspired for the past weeks and i need to get out of the rut. I thought i will just share my enthusiasm and love for food. It’s fascinating how powerful food is…it changes people…it defines them…it brings out the best in them…be it found along the chaotic streets or served in a gourmet restaurant. Food is wonderful!

Here are little pieces of heaven scattered across the city and in my hometown…

Fun Food Finds…

1. Beer – Rooftop Brewery, Smallville Complex

2. Choco/pandan crinkles, mini-siopao – Burgos Bakery, Lapaz

3. Mini-crispy pizza, pancit molo – Bird’s Nest (St. Elizabeth Bowling Alley), Valeria St.

4. Street BBQ – Don Benito (Jaro), Baroto (Jaro), Valeria St.

5. Brownies – Dulgies, Valeria St.

6. Spanish bread, penny roll – Sweet Treats, Amigo Plaza Mall

7. Sizzling Bulalo – Mango Tree Resaurant, Mandurriao

8. Palabok – Balbies

9. Binagoongang Baboy – Emilion Roadhouse, Gen. Luna St.

10. Aligue rice, Bangus sisig – Breakthrough Restaurant, Arevalo

11. Native Chicken – Tatoy’s Manokan, Arevalo

Tatoy's Manokan at Arevalo, Iloilo City

12. Sausages, Hotdog Sandwich – Hero Hotdog SM City Iloilo

13. Chilli Wings – Shelsyd (closed since 2010)

14. Lechon – Numancia, Aklan (Not in Iloilo, but yes, the best in the region)

15. Liempo – Ramboy’s (Diversion St and in Molo Plaza)

The delectable Ramboys Liempo (photo courtesy of eatshootpost.com)

16. Native Coffee – Madge (Lapaz market), Lapaz (going to Iloilo Port)

17. Soup #5 – Sta. Cruz Mandurriao

18. Pata – Bac’s Mandurriao

19. Suman Latik – Kalibo Airport

20. Chicken Skin – Pecho Pak

21. Hakao – Kusina Tsina

22. Mojito, Onion rings - Deja Vous Boracay

23. Soup - Single Double

24. Fried Squid heads – Hey Jude Boracay (closed)

25. Chorizo, Longganisa – Rosa Foods

26. Garlic Bread – Sbarro, SM City Iloilo

The yummy Sbarro Garlic Bread (photo from sbarro.ph)

27. Ice Cream Shakes - Frozen Island, Marymart mall

28. Bruger - Crave Burger, Smallville Complex

29. Grilled Managat – Freska, Smallville Complex

30. Squid balls, Kikiam, etc. – Shoti, Delgado St / SM City Supermarket-Foodcourt

31. Bibimbop – Kims Bob, De Leon St

32. Puto – Manapla in Molo

33. Cold shrimp salad – Ocean City, Gen. Luna St.

34. Butterscotch – Rgie’s

35. Mini-pancho – Buho

36. Halang-halang – Buto’t Balat

37. Dinuguan – Samurai Seafoods (along B. Aquino avenue)

38. Crispy talaba – Buto’t Balat

39. Turtle cake – Mango Tree Resaurant, Mandurriao

40. Kimchi – Shall We Eat

41. Chicken/Beef Mami – Thea and Jicel’s mandurriao

42. Street Halo-Halo, Batchoy – Lapaz market

43. Bitso-bitso – Iloilo Central market

44. Bitchokoy – Tinapayan

45. Sweet n’ Sour Fish Fillet – Kusina Tsina

46. Pork asado, Fish soup – Nora’s Carinderia (Iloilo Post Office)

47. Pork BBQ, Papaitan – Pengee’s (Dumarao)

48. Dried fish, fish-tinik, dried squid – Iloilo Central Market

49. Grilled Pork Belly – Barrio Inasal

50. Sinuglao – Buto’t Balat

51. Chicken Inasal – (old) Fort San Pedro Resto

52. Fresh lumpia – Mapa St

53. Street sisig – Manang Letty’s Carinderia (Del Carmen St. in Jaro)

55. Fruit shakes – Don Benito Compound (hospital parking lot)

56. Buffalo Wings – Afrique’s Restaurant

57. Extra large pizza - Dos Maria’s

58. Siopao (Queen Siopao) – Roberto’s at JM Basa St

59. Sisig with a twist – Ramboy’s

60. Lechon Paksiw - My sister makes the best

My personal guilty pleasures! As much as i love my food, i love it’s down-to-earth character…Iloilo (along with other places in Panay) is a haven for foodies, i’m still even wading through my food adventure until now…In food, oftentimes true sophistication is unadulterated simplicity…Yum!


  1. resy

    ginutom ko!!!

    • bobby

      hahaha! Go make your own checklist Res! I think you’ll come up with something really exciting too! =) LOL

  2. Diane

    My suggestions:

    AUTHENTIC pinoy/ilonggo burger (double cheeseburger) – ROBERTO’s

    ADOBADO nga pantat – NEW LUCENA Pantatan

    Halo-halo – CHOWKING ! :)


  3. RamirJM

    Ginutom ako sang basa…
    Siomai/Siopao/Noddle Soups – Jiecel and Thea’s along the road to old Iloilo Airport.

  4. yen

    makaon gd ko as soon as i can stuff myself again haha!

  5. Bob, scallops…? Hehehehehe…

  6. kathryn

    you missed out on alcoholic cakes. =)

  7. venzia girl:)

    namit gd mn ya food sang mga ilonggo ah XD

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