Best Homegrown Food and Restaurants in Dipolog City
Dipolog City being on the the top travel destination in Zamboanga del Norte, and becoming a foodie destination in this part of the country. Their homegrown food, and restaurants are slowly gaining popularity for both locals and tourists alike. You can not visit and leave Dipolog City without trying out the local restaurants and some of the best dine spots in this city.
Tonino’s Resto and Wine Bar
A Mediterranean-inspired restaurant that offers international cuisine, Tonino’s Resto and Wine Bar at D’ Hotel and Suites at Dipolig city cates to all types of food lovers. The ambiance is warm, and homey with music soothing to the ears played at the background. Home of one of the best U.S. Angus steak in town, Tonino’s steak is tender, and juicy with smoky and savory tastes.
UrChoice Bistro Cafe
Ur choice cafe serve a wide-range of Italian recipes and uses a lot of heart healthy olive oil in cooking. They pride using a lot of herbs such as basil, cilantro, rosemary, and parsley (to name a few) to bring out the flavor of each plate. When eating the an Italian meal, you never leave the table until you feel full. But its the good kind of full because unlike some foods, they don’t make you feel like you are clogging your arteries with bad fats. You get a real homely feel when eating Italian food, because the culture itself promotes family and the celebration of life.
Umami Room is the only Japanese Restaurant in the City located at the top floor of D’Hotel. Their ramen is really good, and locals swear that Tonkotsu ramen is to die for. Aside from the best food, you will find that they have a fantastic sunset view, acoustic band on weekends, and standard fare that you would expect to find in a Japanese restaurant.
Rare to find a pizza place with authentic taste in the city. Cucina Italiana not only serves Italian food that caters to the Filipino palate, prepare it with with much details. Their wood oven makes their Pizza flavourful ands certainly different. Photo by Mario Dandi Romano
Big Joe’s Cafe
Specializing in delicious and reasonably priced cuisine, their extensive menu includes Chinese and Western dishes as well as Filipino dishes, all prepared using a secret family recipes. Whether you are in the mood to try something new or just want to enjoy some old favorites. Located in the heart of Dipolog business district, Big Joes has the style and warmth that makes it perfect for celebrating with friends or family. The fast casual concept that our restaurant offers is a high quality quick service with all the food cooked on a made to order basis using only premium fresh products.
Famous for its savory dishes and sweet pastries, Grandma’s Best makes sure that all diners will be satisfied every time they dine. Located at Mabini corner, Arelllano Street in Barra, the place fully air-conditioned, Grandma’s Best ensures every dining experience is rejuvenating, comforting and fulfilling. Some of the specialties that Grandma’s Best offers that customers should try are the following: Arrozcaldo, Baked Macaroni, Chefs Salad, Lasagna, Thai Fried Rice and Baby Back Ribs. Photo by Bebs Solis
Cafe Isabelle is one of the most popular coffee shops not just in the city of Dipolog but in the entire Zamboanga del Norte. Their Banana Cream Pien is heaven-sent and is one of the locals favorite. The cafe is located at the Santa Isabel, Dipolog City and its light but colourful interiors shows the limelight on the food.
This place is really something. Out of the ordinary. Definitely worth a special trip. Their food is freshly made everyday. They even pick herbs from their small garden outside the restaurant. Their Cayenne-Garlic Sausage has a perfect balance of heat from the cayenne and garlic. Definitely a must try for foodies out there! Also try their Crispy Pig Ears and Fish & Fries, and Vegetable Lumpia which is also worth the dime
Julie’s Halo Halo & Refreshment
This tiny but colourful eatery started in humble beginnings and is best known for their halo-halo and other refreshments. It is located at the center of the city is can be very busy during the peak hours. Both locals, and visitors try to look for a room to try their locally-crafted halo-halo.
What are the other homegrown food, and restaurants in Dipolog City you have tried?
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