Cagayan de Oro is one of the most delicious cities in the Philippines. From doughnut store to fine dining restaurants, all of them are packed with diners. We Kagay-anons just love to eat and drink with our families and friends. If I may say, CDO is not just the City of Golden Friendship but also the City of Golden Foodies.
The year of the water snake has given our city a bunch of new dining destinations. And here is Tsada Gyud’s top 10 new food establishments for 2013 in random order.
1. Shakey’s Gateway Park
The first legacy store of Shakey’s in the Visayas and Mindanao. Isn’t it great? That is how special Cagayan de Oro is. Aside from their chicken n’ mojos and giant pizzas, Kagay-anons do also get to enjoy the cozy ambiance of Shakey’s at Gateway Park, Limketkai Center which opened last July 24. As a legacy store, this pizza restaurant is patterned after the first Shakey’s store in Sacramento, California which is a stand alone branch, beautifully landscaped with enough parking area. Yes, it is a park and dine-in concept that opens until 12 midnight. And its interior is a reflection of the 37 years of the orange, red, and yellow pizza hub that has been bringing memories from generation to generation.
The celebrity doughnut from Indonesia is already here in Cagayan de Oro. And guess what? This is another first in Visayas and Mindanao. J.CO Centrio opened last May 10. The photo above captured the long queue on its opening day. Actually, even until now, the store is still commanding with lots of customers which goes to show that just like Manila, CDO loves J.CO. Why Nut?
3. Misto at Seda Centrio
Although Seda Centrio had its soft opening last year but it was only in 2013 that it became the “it” hotel for Kagay-anons. Misto serves sumptuous buffet for as low as P499 per person. It has become a favorite spot for those who love to feast on a wide array of delectable buffet complete from local to international cuisines.
4. Seattle’s Best and Kenny Rogers at Laguindingan Airport
Aside from NAIA, only Laguindingan Airport has these kinds of food establishments among all airports in the Philippines. Although this is already in Misamis Oriental but technically this is still CGY. Having these top-notch brands offer a cutting edge dining experience to departing passengers of this airport.
5. Pepper Lunch
Even before its opening last November 28, Kagay-anons were already going gaga with it. Everybody was taking pictures with its tarpaulin. Why? It launched a promotional treat to Kagay-anons, a free beef pepper rice to the first twenty to upload a picture of themselves with the sign posted at their store location at Centrio Mall. Today, Pepper Lunch is one of the fully booked restaurants at Centrio. You can really see some diners eagerly waiting for a vacant table just to have their favorite Japanese style steaks.
6. Kenny Roger’s Roasters Limketkai Center
Year 2013 marks the return of Kenny Rogers Roasters in Cagayan de Oro still at Limketkai Center but this time at Rosario Arcade. It opened on my birthday, March 23. One can not resist the tender and flavorful roasted chicken that they have and oh… those muffins too! I just had one few days ago.
7. Roadhouse Centrio
That classy restaurant at SM City Cagayan de Oro has opened another branch at Centrio. Though it looks more modern and hippy than the SM branch that has a western and European look but the food is still the same… the sinful baby back ribs makes me wanna come back.
8. Happy Lemon
Yeehheyy! The milk tea fans like me can’t just stop smiling. Although they do not have my favorite winter melon milk tea but their Oreo Cookies and Cream is something to die for. But, after I tasted their Cocoa with Rock Salt and Cheese, I can’t help but spare a 100 peso after work just for a single drink. It’s sooo drool worthy.
9. Mercato de Oro
The night cafe experience is back in Cagayan de Oro with the opening of Mercato de Oro. It is operated by Mercato Centrale, a famous upscale food market and cafe in Manila. Located at Centrio Garden, Kagay-anons have a new place to bond with family or friends where one can have a bite of delectable local dishes while enjoying good music with a live band. Aside from the night market, Mercato de Oro has day time market too. Take note, they are open only every Friday and Saturday.
10. Krispy Kreme
After J.CO, the doughnut invasion continued with Krispy Kreme. They opened a flagship store at Limketkai Center last November 15. It is a hot light and baked creations store, meaning all Krispy Kreme doughnuts and Kruffins are baked fresh there. Miss Ms. Nadia Lee Shami, the Assistant Marketing Manager of Krispy Kreme for VisMin was proud when she said that their store at Limketkai is the first stand alone store in the Visayas and Mindanao area. “It is not attached to the mall so even if the mall is already closed, we are still open,” Nadia said. Krispy Kreme’s first stand alone store in the Philippines is their Greenhills branch. But, here’s the catch. In less than a month, Krispy Kreme opened another branch in CDO at Centrio.
There you go folks! We Kagayanons are so blessed that we already have a superb list of food establishments in the city. Those boxes of doughnuts that used to be a “pasalubong” from Manila are already here. I can’t help but be proud of our city that we have plenty of ways to celebrate our weekends, pay days, birthdays, or simply just a dinner date with our loved ones. Indeed, eating is more fun in Cagayan de Oro.