The pandemic has been tough for the restaurant business, especially small and medium-sized establishments.
Cebu is home to dozens of homegrown food and cafe concepts that have been working to survive and make it through this unpredictable year.
While in the early days of the quarantine, restaurants were only allowed takeout or delivery, now many of these places offer limited dine-in options for as long as they follow safety protocols such as physical distancing between tables, proper sanitation, and ventilation.
The best way to help homegrown Cebuano food businesses is to patronize them, whether through dining in, ordering delivery, or takeout.
Here are some of Cebuano food favorites who are still around that you might want to consider ordering from.
Home to Cebu’s best tasting thin-crust pizza, the go-to classic restaurant is now serving its delicious pizza through third-party delivery services.
The Handuraw Special is their best-selling pizza. It’s loaded with pepperoni, Italian sausage, ham, bacon, mushroom, olives, onions, green bell peppers, fresh tomatoes, and mozzarella cheese on a base of homemade tomato sauce.
You can purchase the Handuraw Special for P198 (additional delivery fees may vary). They’ve also got rice bowls, pasta, and pica-pica as well.
A staple bakery for those tourists, Cebu La Fortuna Bakery is still around and back in its Borromeo St branch in Cebu City, with special Chinese bread and delectable treats.
Founded by Don Ting Sy and Dona Vicenta Sy on September 23, 1953, the bakery opened their first store in Borromeo St, Cebu City. The second branch is in Legaspi Street, beside the Cathedral.
Today, Cebu La Fortuna Bakery offers plenty of affordable treats right for the season like tikoy, Japanese Pie, hopia, ampao, and many more! Their best treat is the Chay Pao which you can order for P55 each. They also offer deliveries and pick-ups.
If you want to relax and work with a cup of coffee and a meal, you might want to consider The Daily Grind (TDG), a modern coffee shop offering specialty coffee, free Wi-Fi, and all-day breakfast meals.
Their white brew is among their bestsellers and goes for P120. They also offer delivery and are open from 7 am to 9 pm daily. If you’re uncomfortable sitting indoors, the shop has a big plant-filled outdoor roof deck.
Eggs, bacon, coffee and unli Wi-Fi – this combo is always available at Yolk - Coffe and Breakfast in Filinvest Cyberzone Cebu, IT Park, Cebu City.
Yolk offers the Breakfast of Champs which includes a combination of Eggs Benedict and bacon, paired with coffee or iced tea for P299. For lunch, there’s always Maple Bae Zilog and coffee or ice tea for P249.
The coffee and breakfast diner is open daily for dine-in, takeout, and deliveries as early as 6 am until 7 pm.
Cebuanos can’t celebrate the holidays without their lechon, so House of Lechon is back at it again with the special Carcar Lechon and its spicy counterpart.
For P785, you can get a kilo of special Carcar Lechon. Add P65 and you can have the spicier option. House of Lechon also offers a variety of seafood and veggie meals as well.
They have 4 branches open, available for dine-in at Acacia Street, Robinsons Galleria, Cebu South Road, and Don Jose Avila Street. You can send them a message on their official Facebook page here.
Casa Verde is still serving their famous ribs during the quarantine. Their bestseller, Brian’s Ribs, is a combination of baked pork ribs dressed in a sweet and tangy sauce served with rice and a generous amount of corn and diced carrots. This ala carte meal is worth P228 for solo, and P335 for regular (which serves 2 to 3 people).
They also serve their signature Casa Verde Burger, which includes onions, tomatoes, American cheese, lettuce, bacon, and a fried egg between two buns and a delicious burger steak for P258.
There are 4 branches open at Ramos, Ayala Center Cebu, Asiatown IT Park, and SM Seaside City. You can check their official Facebook page here.
Known for their cheesy specialities, Fat Dois can deliver its cheese and ribs, cheese and chicken, and spicy noodles with Spam and cheese to you.
Their cheese ribs are available for P259, while their cheese chix is available for P209. They also offer extras like kimchi rice for P140, and French fries for P100. You can also ask for additional cheese for P60.
They have two branches open in AS Fortuna St and Parkmall, Mandaue City. You can send them a message on their official Facebook page here.
Sunburst Fried Chicken began as a small shop in downtown Cebu in the 1970s. True to its tagline “the taste that sticks,” Sunburst has endured the most turbulent times since and has made it this far through the quarantine by mastering the Cebuano taste when it comes to fried chicken.
With its crispy skin and not-too-salty flavor, you can continue to enjoy this favorite via its in-store delivery service, pick-up or dine-in.
Other favorites on the menu include: Special lomi, grilled tangigue, and chicken skin.
While the original branch downtown had closed due to the pandemic, several branches are still open in the city and across the region. Check out their Facebook page for more info.
Cardinal Bakeshop’s special ensaymada is a must-try, if you haven’t tried it already.
Other items you should try include cheese bread, yema bun, special ensaymada, egg tart, walnut fudge brownie, and ube cake.
If you’re at the Cardinal Coffea branch in Capitol Site, you can pair it with a coffee drink and chill in their cafe area. (if it's open air add that detail)
All Cardinal’s branches are open. Check out their Facebook page for more information.
Missed Orange Karenderia’s tuna belly? Or its tasty Betsy’s Chicken? Orange Karenderia’s Park Mall branch in Mandaue City is the only one left in Metro Cebu.
The restaurant is open for dine-in from 11 am to 7 pm daily.
Cebu’s Original Lechon Belly opened in 2011. Marlon Gochan's homegrown business, to this day, prepares their lechon by deboning the whole pork belly and side of the pig, then adding spices and its ingredients. It’s cooked by slow roasting over an open-charcoal fire.
While it might not be the most famous lechon restaurant, but it's one worth checking out.
They have full lechon bellies for big parties and smaller options if you're just ordering for your family or yourself.
See their store locations here.
Orange Brutus is one of the original Cebuano fast food joints, first opening its doors in the 1980s as a burger and shake joint in downtown Cebu.
Nearly 40 years later, the brand has expanded to over 20 branches across Metro Cebu.
Among its most popular items are the sizzling burger steak, its burgers, and affordable silog breakfast meals.
For a list of locations check out their website.
Orange Brutus is available for order on FoodPanda and GrabFood.
Dimsum Break is a Cebuano fast-food take on the Chinese teahouse.
Those who missed the self-service dimsum can enjoy it again as the branches have reopened with temperature checks at the door and distanced tables.
You can enjoy the restaurant’s steamed rice from home through the website’s delivery service or through Foodpanda and GrabFood.