Top 6 spots at Boxed Up Davao for your next food trip

The food park craze has arrived at the Pop Art-embellished, 33-stall hangout formed out of shipping containers in Davao. Here are six spots to scope out:

Amazeballs

  • What to expect: Hefty meatballs — all done with a twist — served with rice
  • Must try: Bacon cheeseburger meatballs with secret sauce
  • Wild card: Any of the other creative meatballs with rice
  • Our verdict: Fast carb-loading meals that give you and your buddies time for Instagramming around the park

Chickenini and Logan’s

  • What to expect: All things chicken
  • Must try: Logan’s Tapsikwek (Filipino beef jerky, battered and deep-fried quail eggs and garlic fried rice)
  • Wild card: Chickenini pops (small chunks of deep-fried chicken)
  • Our verdict: Snacks and eats for the family

Lemonwood Café Cabin

  • What to expect: Flavorful desserts and specialty coffees
  • Must try: Classic pastry ensaymada
  • Wild card: Labuyo brownie cupcake (chili pepper on a dark chocolate cake)
  • Our verdict: Sweet treats that fill you up quickly

#Pantulaq

  • What to expect: Fruit-flavored drinks served in sturdy ziplock bags
  • Must try: Pink “lycheemansi” (lychee and calamansi juice)
  • Wild card: The non-alcoholic margarita
  • Our verdict: Drinks to cool down and people-watch with at a ground-floor spot

Dragon’s Den

  • What to expect: Liquid nitrogen-chilled (to as low as -196°C) treats
  • Must try: Dragon’s Breath with corn puffs, jelly and more
  • Wild card: Dragon’s Fondue, a bigger Dragon’s Breath
  • Our verdict: Misting snacks and selfies!

Hav Sambal-U

  • What to expect: Malaysian-Filipino fusion food
  • Must try: Mee goreng (spicy fried noodles)
  • Wild card: Kilawin ala sambal (spicy meat or seafood ceviche)
  • Our verdict: Tangy, customizable flavors to suit various palates and taste buds

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Meet the locals: James Armstrong, whose wife Faith owns Dragon’s Den, tells us how to soak up the Davao mood

Best way to unwind in Davao?

James: I like checking out food bazaars and I enjoy performances by Dabawenyo (local Davao people) singers.

Favorite quiet spot?

James: Davao City Hilltop, in Barangay Langub, has two restaurants and a bar; all three offer amazing views of the city.

Favorite things to do with the family?

James: We head out to Samal island — 20 minutes from the mainland — to relax on a white-sand beach.

This article first appeared in the May 2018 issue of Smile magazine.

Written and Photographed

Jojie Alcantara

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