Eat like a local at these six Naga restaurants

Kitchen Everywhere's kinalas

Kitchen Everywhere's Kinalas

Kitchen Everywhere

Kinalas is Nagueños’ kind of noodle soup, and the best place to get it is at Kitchen Everywhere, the only Department of Tourism-accredited kinalasan in the city. The beef or pork is boiled until it’s tender and falls off (kalas) the bones. Pair it with munchies such as toasted siopao (meat bun), turon (banana lumpia), sinapot (fried banana fritter) or empanada (pastry filled with meat and other ingredients). A serving costs ₱35. 8 Caceres St, Mayon Ave­­

Woodstone Kitchen and Bar

Woodstone’s crispy pinangat may be unusual, but it’s won the locals’ hearts. It’s perfect with rice, but you can try it with linguine too. Aside from the crispy pinangat, chef Ton Castillo offers other crunchy delights such as dinuguan (pork blood stew) with fried intestines and kare-kare (peanut stew) with fried banana blossoms. Meal prices range from ₱100 to ₱300. Basilica Rd, Brgy Balatas

Bigg’s and Que Pasa

These two restaurants are owned by the same company and are both located in colonial style buildings in the historical district. Que Pasa’s Toro Toro dining concept is a play on the turo-turo — customers get to pick their protein (chicken, pork, baby back ribs or tuna), sauce, sides (which include Bicolano classics such as Bicol Express and pinangat) and rice. The restaurant, which features eye-catching murals and paintings by local artists, is highly Instagrammable. Right beside Que Pasa is Bigg’s. Founded in 1983, it now has 14 branches across Bicol and Southern Luzon. The American-style diner serves burgers, crispy fried chicken rice meals, pastas and Filipino comfort food. Barlin Street

The Coffee Table

The Coffee Table in Magsaysay is relatively new but has become popular among coffee lovers in the city. It has a casual and cozy atmosphere, friendly staff and spicy coffee drinks such as chili pili affogato. 2/F ADC Hotel, Magsaysay Ave

Bob Marlin's OMG Crispy Pata
Bob Marlin’s OMG Crispy Pata

Bob Marlin Restaurant & Grill

This family restaurant is located at Magsaysay Avenue, the city’s culinary center. Its OMG Crispy Pata (pork leg) is a “Sooo Pinoy” Awardee for being one of the tastiest in the country. The pinangat they serve is CamSur style, with crablets wrapped tightly in taro leaves and cooked in coconut milk. The wide choices of authentic Filipino dishes make it the favorite choice for special celebrations. Prices per dish range from ₱200 to ₱500. Magsaysay Ave, Concepcion Pequeña

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Mavic Conde

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