Food is a huge part of many travelers’ itineraries. A long day of touring and sightseeing Butuan City would not be complete without having a taste of the place’s famous dishes and local delicacy. As the saying goes, “you’ve got to eat what the locals eat.” Food not only fills your hungry stomach but goes beyond more than that. A place’s culinary selection speaks of its culture and reflects its heritage as a nation.
Butuan is known for being a popular historical site in the South. It is a destination rich in history and gifted with natural wonders. During pre-colonial times, Butuan has already an established trading system with our neighboring Asians like the Malays, Indonesians, Indians, and the Chinese. Historical data show that civilization was already existing in the place as early as the fourth century based on the artifacts discovered by archeologists. These pieces of evidence can be found in a museum in Butuan.
Visiting Butuan offers tourists a lot of beautiful places to visit. It also serves as the gateway to other destinations in Northern Mindanao like Cagayan de Oro, Davao, Siargao, and Surigao. Butuan takes pride as the center of commercial and retail developments in CARAGA Region. It is a highly urbanized city in Northern Mindanao that serves as a hub for commercial, industrial, and administrative in the region.
Apart from these facts, one fact that also fits Butuan is that it is a foodie’s heaven. Food enthusiasts or even a simple tourist with a heavy appetite will surely enjoy his or her visit to the city because of the great variety of food in the place. In the list below, we explore the top local delicacies you must try, the best restaurants to visit, and the best places to get your IG-worthy dishes to spice up your feed. The next time you visit, make sure to get a taste of this food to experience that full Butuanon experience. Let’s eat!
Top 10 foods to try in Butuan City
Take out your cameras and ready your taste buds for a gastronomic feast in the historical city of Butuan.
Considered to be the most famous Butuanon delicacy, Palagsing is made up of brown sugar, coconut, and unaw, and sago. Unaw is a derivative of the palm tree found commonly in the marshlands. It is a staple food of the indigenous people living in marshy areas.
Palagsing is wrapped in a banana leaf and then boiled for around 30 minutes to achieve a sticky consistency. This product is usually found in Barangay Banza, an old community in Butuan, that has perfected the delicacy over the years. In recent years, the city has organized a Palagsing Festival showcasing different varieties of the local delicacy.
Kusiba is another native delicacy in Butuan. It is a sweetened coconut pulp made up of ingredients like sugar or kinugay, coconut pulp, vanilla syrup, kalamansi, and coconut milk. Kusilba is done by cooking the coconut pulp with water until it’s tender then adding coconut milk and sugar until it has a sticky consistency. Add the kalamansi and vanilla for the flavor. This delicacy is also made in Banza and is a staple food in every fiesta celebration.
Also a local delicacy, nilambiran is two-toned sticky rice made up of red and white glutinous rice. The red sticky rice has a similar taste to chocolate while the white one is like the regular suman. Nilambiran is prepared by cooking the two sticky rice separately with ingredients like coconut milk, sugar, and salt until it has a sticky consistency.
Once cooked, the two are wrapped around and then prepared in a banana leaf. This can be found in Langihan Market where most delicacies are sold. Enjoy the sweet taste of nilambiran by pairing it with a hot chocolate drink or native coffee.
An exotic type of delicacy, the Kayam is believed to be brought by the Polynesian traders during the precolonial period. The nut is from a tree growing near the river. It was believed that the Kayam tree was used by the Filipinos as a landmark when they hid from the Japanese soldiers during the Second World War. Important items, documents, and treasures were also stored near a Kayam tree. During the 70s and 80s, diggings were widespread in Barangay Banza as they believed treasures were hidden in a Kayam tree.
The Kayam fruit (cooked) is rich in fiber and can be bought in local markets in Butuan.
A Kayam Tree Forest is also found in Barangay Pagatpatan in Butuan City. Plenty of Kayam Trees are found in the area. Tourists can visit the area by coordinating with the City Tourism Office or the City Environment of LGU Butuan.
Nilusak or nilupak is madeup of cassava, mashed, and then mixed with other ingredients like butter or margarine, sugar, and coconut shavings. It is then rolled in a circular shape and then added with coconut shavings on top. It is often referred to as cassava balls because of its round shape.
Nilusak or nilupak is commonly found in any market in Butuan. It is a favorite among locals because of its sweet and soft texture. You can eat nilusak or nilupak either as a snack, a merienda, or as breakfast. How cozy is that?
Lutong Bahay ni Aling Cora
A well-known restaurant in Butuan, Lutong Bahay ni Aling Cora has been around since the 1980s. They serve authentic Filipino food and other cuisines. Despite being around for so long, this family restaurant makes sure to keep its menu updated with the current trends. When you visit the place, make sure to try their bestselling chicken barbecue sizzling pork sisig, camaron rebosado, grilled or sizzling kinilaw, and fresh seafood.
They also have an option for vegetarian customers like chop suey, MTK (mushroom, tokwa, and kangkong), etc. This place is easy to spot because of its distinct native appearance. Function rooms for meetings, intimate gatherings, and other business needs are also available for rent.
Lutong Bahay ni Aling Cora has a couple of branches around the city but the main branch is located at JC Aquino Avenue (besides Big Flat Bread; near Robinson’s Site).
Weegool’s is a favorite dining place for tourists and locals alike. They serve their specialty which is the Chicken Inato. The grilled dish is similar to the Inasal in Bacolod. Chicken Inato is served with rice and atchara (pickled papaya). Their halo-halo is also delightful as they serve it in a coconut fruit.
Their prices are also affordable and budget-friendly. For as low as the price of 100 pesos, you can enjoy a scrumptious meal at Weegol’s. They also offer a variety of other grilled dishes.
Weegol’s Grilled Haus is located along Montilla Boulevard.
When it comes to dessert, Margie’s Kitchen is the place to be. Although it only opened in recent years, it has already established a good name especially in terms of desserts. Their bestselling desserts include the Cookie Monster Cake, a super moist chocolate cake, and Cheesecake. Aside from dessert, they also serve other foods like all-day breakfast, pasta, salad, sandwiches, and rice meals like chicken wrapped in pandan leaves.
They also serve drinks and beverages (cappuccino, coffee, etc). Take a bite of their tuyo pasta with black olives to try their bestselling pasta. Margie’s Kitchen is a favorite hangout spot among the youth, especially at night.
Margie’s Kitchen is located at J.C. Aquino Avenue.
Narra Restaurant is a household name when it comes to family dining in Butuan. As one of the earliest restaurants in the city, generations of Butuanons must have tried their famous garlic chicken, lumpiang shanghai, and pansit bihon. The resto has two branches in the city. Complete your Butuan tour by visiting this resto located in the heart of the city.
Narra Restaurant is located at E. Luna Street, Butuan City.
Gold ‘n Pearl Bakery Café
Looking for an IG-worthy café that will be good for your feed? Gold n Pearl will not only give you an IG-good experience but will satisfy your sweet tooth. Gold ‘n Pear Bakery Café is one of the more established cafes in the city, having been around for quite a long time already. It is known for its delectable desserts and pastries. Gold ‘n Pearl Bakery Café has been in the business since the 80s, selling their famous sunshine bread across town thru a trike.
The small bakery grew through the years and has become one of the most sought-after cafes in the city. They also offer other dishes like sandwiches and rice meals. Cap off your Butuan experience by treating yourself to a good meal in one of Butuan’s favorite café, Gold ‘n Pearl Bakery Café.
Gold ‘n Pearl Bakery Café is located at E. Luna Street, Butuan City.
Food trips are fun in Butuan. With a wide variety of choices to choose from, you can go for exotic food, street food, seafood, sweets, or local delicacies depending on your taste. Make sure to bring home a pasalubong for your loved ones. They will surely enjoy having a “taste” of Butuan with these native delicacies.
If you loved your visit to Butuan, the city is a good place to settle because of the many opportunities available. Aside from being a well-loved tourism destination, Butuan boasts of a stable economy that is good for property investment. It also offers a high market value for real estate.
Butuan City has a vibrant and booming economy as the center of trade, commerce, industry, and administration in the CARAGA region. It has also been consistently placed as one of the Most Competitive Cities by the National Competitiveness Council of the Philippines.
It also serves as a gateway to other destinations in Northern Mindanao like Cagayan de Oro, Davao, Siargao, and Surigao.
If you are looking for an affordable condo in Butuan, Camella Manors is the best option for its world-class resort-themed amenities at a friendly price.
Why invest in Camella Manors Soleia?
Camella Manors Soleia is Butuan’s latest real estate player. Last January 2021, Butuan and the whole CARAGA region saw the groundbreaking of its first-ever condominium project. Camella Manors is Vista Land’s newest mid-rise condominium brand located in the regions and nearby provinces of Metro Manila. It promotes all-in lifestyle needs and resort-themed amenities that will cater to young professionals, starting families, investors, and Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs).
Camella Manors Soleia is set to become the tallest residential structure in Butuan City.
Located at Montalban St., Villa Kananga, Butuan City (just across Camella Homes Butuan), the condo project is set to rise four 7-story buildings with resort-themed condo amenities. The first building Avior has a total of 119 affordable pre-selling units which has been sold out this month of July.
Fortunately, you can still secure a wise investment at Camella Manors Soleia as it opened its second pre-selling building Orion.
The affordable condo in Butuan offers premium amenities like an adult pool, kiddie pool, fitness gym, function area, playpark, jogging trails, and commercial strips. The condo is also fully equipped with a 2-high speed elevator system, CCTV-security system, and a water sprinkler system. It also adopts a pet-friendly community and promotes smart condo living.
Camella Manors Soleia is strategically located close to the city center, making it accessible to many essential establishments such as shopping malls, schools and universities, medical centers, and infrastructure developments. From Manila, you can reach Camella Manors Soleia with just a two-hour flight.
Pre-selling of units is ongoing. Interested buyers can conveniently reserve a unit online through our hassle-free and easy-to-use online payment facilities. For more information, check the Camella Manors website at www.camellamanors.com or visit our social media pages.