7 Yummy Dishes From Local Restos to Feed Your Pinoy Pride (and Cravings)


The international acclaim garnered by local food like sinigang and ube has taught us one thing: It’s so easy to be proud of Filipino cuisine. With our local dishes’ rich and diverse forms and flavors, there’s a never-ending list of palate-pleasers for anyone’s cravings and preferences. 

But aside from feeding our pride thanks to their deliciousness, our local dishes are also an integral part of our culture and history. As we celebrate our Filipino heritage this Independence Day, let’s also fill our tables (and bellies) with yummy Pinoy food from local restaurants. Check out our top 7 recommendations below to help you craft a proudly Filipino menu!

Manam’s Crispy Pata with Garlic Chili Bits

Crispy pata is a staple in every Filipino celebration, and Manam’s version which introduces a hot and spicy upgrade while staying loyal to the classic recipe is one of our all-time favorites. Meet the local resto’s Crispy Pata with Garlic Chili Bits, which combines the crowd-favorite Filipino dish made of golden brown crispy pork knuckles with crunchy and spicy garlic chili bits for a burst of flavor. You won’t even need the usual soy sauce or any dip to accompany this Crispy Pata, because this Manam best-seller is already tasty on its own.

Order the Crispy Pata with Garlic Chili Bits (medium) for only P645 at Manam in SM Megamall, SM Mall of Asia, SM City Fairview, and SM Aura Premier via the SM Malls Online app.

Max’s Fried Chicken

A single bite of Max’s original and classic fried chicken is all you need to understand why it has been iconic since 1945. The restaurant’s unique blend of spices perfectly complements the tenderness and crispiness of its chicken that’s golden fried to perfection, bringing out flavors and textures that satisfy the Pinoy palate. 

Enjoy a quarter of this iconic Fried Chicken with steamed rice, Max’s caramel bar, and a side dish of your choice with Max’s Chicken Plates. To add to the Filipino food fest, the side dishes to choose from also include local dishes like Pancit Canton and fresh Lumpiang Ubod.

From June 1 to 30, you can get any two Chicken Plates for only P699 when you order from Max’s at SM City Fairview, SM City North Edsa, SM Megamall, SM City San Lazaro, SM Mall of Asia, SM City Sucat, SM Southmall, SM City Dasmariñas, and SM City Bacoor via the SM Malls Online app. Two Chicken Plates originally cost P888, so this deal lets you enjoy up to 21% savings!

Gerry’s Beef Kare Kare

Any list of delectable local dishes is never complete without Kare Kare, a quintessential Filipino comfort food. This local stew is easy to spot thanks to its distinct yellow-orange color, which comes from its thick and savory peanut sauce. 

Gerry's Restaurant and Bar stays faithful to this dish’s traditional look and flavor with its Beef Kare Kare. Along with the meaty goodness of beef, it has the classic mix of vegetables that Filipinos always enjoy in Kare Kare, including string beans and squash.

Order the Beef Kare Kare for only P585 at Gerry's Restaurant and Bar in SM City Grand Central, SM Megamall, SM City North Edsa, and SM Mall of Asia via the SM Malls Online app.

Mangan’s Sotanghon Guisado

The belief that noodle dishes symbolize long life and good health is something we share with other Asian cultures. That’s why noodle dishes are a staple in every Filipino celebration, especially the renowned Pancit. But if your tastebuds are looking for a slightly different noodle dish, we highly recommend Mangan’s Sotanghon Guisado. 

Mangan’s Sotanghon Guisado is made of sauteed vermicelli noodles, which have a thin and glassy appearance. Like Pancit, it is mixed with different meats and vegetables, including carrots and cabbage.

Enjoy a 20% discount on selected dishes, including the Sotanghon Guisado, from Mangan’s menu during the entire month of June. Order the Sotanghon Guisado for only P136 (from an original price of P170) with this promo—which is also applicable to Mangan’s Arozcaldo Espesyal, Puto Bumbong, Everybody's Lumpia, and Gulaman at Sago. 

Place your order from Mangan at SM Megamall, SM City North Edsa, and SM City Grand Central now via the SM Malls Online app to score these June discounts!

Antonio's Special Bibingka

You know that a delicacy is special to your culture when it's closely linked to locally important occasions like Christmas. This is the case for bibingka, one of the most well-loved kakanin among Filipinos. But you don’t need to wait for Simbang Gabi season to get your hands on this mouthwatering local snack, because Antonio's Coffee & Bibingka can satisfy your cravings with its Special Bibingka.

Served with salted egg and filled cheese on the side, this special oven-fresh bibingka from Antonio’s is topped with grated coconut and delicious cheese that makes it stand out among other bibingkas. For the ultimate Filipino snacking experience, we suggest pairing it with the local resto’s brewed coffee, too!

Get all Bibingkas and Puto Bumbong, including Antonio's Coffee & Bibingka - Special (1pc.), at 30% off when you order at Antonio's Coffee & Bibingka in SM Megamall, SM City Fairview, SM City San Lazaro, and SM City Sucat via the SM Malls Online app. 

With this promo, you can order Antonio's Coffee & Bibingka - Special (1pc.), for only P38.50 from its original price of P55.

Aristocrat’s Chicken Barbecue

Get your dose of Filipino grilled food goodness with Aristocrat’s 3-pc Chicken Barbecue, which is grilled and served on a skewer. This dish’s specially marinated chicken has a nice blend of smoky, sweet, and savory flavors that Filipinos love. It is also served with Aristocrat’s signature Java rice, Java sauce, and homemade atchara, which are perfect for a filling lunch or dinner.

Order this 3-pc Chicken Barbecue meal for only P325 at Aristocrat in SM City Fairview, SM City North Edsa, SM City San Lazaro, and SM Mall of Asia via the SM Malls Online app.

Vito’s BBQ’s Boneless Chicken