Don’t ever leave Tarlac without feasting on its mouthwatering dishes and homegrown products, just don’t. It’s always a delight to discover local delicacies and Tarlac has a long list to offer. You will not only fill your tummy but for sure, you will have something to take home with you.
Enough with introductions and get yourself hungry with the following must-try restaurants and products when visiting Tarlac.
With a casual vibe, Tatuns serves ultimate Filipino comfort food. Among their bestsellers are their kambing (goat) dishes like Adobong Kambing, Kalderetang Kambing, and Kampukan.
You will not find it easy to convince me to eat goat meat but the way Tatuns prepared theirs was really good. Adobo and Kaldereta are some classic Filipino cuisines and Tatuns gave that exotic twist by using goat meat.
And I will never get tired of saying I love their Papaitan – it was the right mix of sour, bitter, and spicy! Yum!
Address: 7051 E Fairlane Rd, Brgy. San Vicente, Tarlac City
Contact No: 0916 229 4541
2. Kape Agape
How cool is it to find a coffee shop in a quiet neighborhood? Kape Agape located in the Ylang-ylang town of Anao is indeed a fabulous surprise for coffee lovers like me. Its warm and creative ambiance suits spontaneous, fun conversation with your friends.
Aside from coffee, they offer pasta, nachos, and desserts – all good! They also serve pansit with noodles made from malunggay and squash. Kape Agape supports mental health advocacy and the arts.
Address: Poblacion Street, Anao, Tarlac
Contact No: (045) 866 5116
3. Betty’s Resto Bar
Betty’s Resto Bar offers the best native cakes in town. Sticky rice cakes are among the classic Filipino desserts and Betty’s did delectable justice in serving them.
While Duman is their bestseller, I also equally like their Tibok-tibok that is like maja blanca but with carabao’s milk.
There is more to their menu and their place has that “instagrammable” atmosphere.
Betty’s Resto Bar
Address: San Roque, Tarlac Cit
Contact No: (045) 982 0465
4. La Boneteria
If you are like me who can eat bread at any time of the day, La Boneteria’s malunggay pandesal and bonete are for you. Eat them while hot!
Address: Villa Zarraga Subdivision, San Vicente Tarlac
Contact No: (045) 923-1098
5. Bonnette’s BBQ Grill
With a cool, al fresco ambiance, Bonnette’s BBQ Grill suggests a good hangout place for group of friends.
Their barbecue and homemade vinegar for the win! Bonnette’s BBQ Grill is situated just next to La Boneteria. Believe it or not, we got to try the barbecue and pandesal combo. And it just works!
6. Rustica Restaurant
For a cozy place to dine, Rustica Restaurant is there to serve you. With elegant wooden interiors, it’s a place you’d want to reserve for special occasions.
My top favorites: Cream Dory wrapped in Bacon, Spicy Prawns, and Barbecue Beef Ribs with Black Pepper Sauce.
Address: Provincial Road, Concepcion, Tarlac
Contact Nos: (045) 491-7843
7. Binallay Grilled Suman
Suman is another type of sticky rice cake popular in the Philippines. It is wrapped in banana leaves and is usually steamed. Another version is the grilled one which I love. Glad to stumble upon Binallay Grilled Suman!
YRN Food Products
Address: Poblacion B, Camiling Tarlac
Contact Nos: 0950 578-0037 | 0917 938-5009
8. Mango Products from Hardinero Agriculture Cooperative
Ahhh fresh green mangoes!!! I am drooling just thinking of them with bagoong. Another version, Green Mango Pickles or Burong Mangga is just as good. Especially the one from Hardinero Agriculture Cooperative because the vinegar they used to soak the mangoes with is Mango Vinegar. They also sell Mango Jam.
Hardinero Agriculture Cooperative
Address: Sitio Maserpat Sta. Ines East Sta. Ignacia, Tarlac
Contact No: 0995 5179679
9. Zwitoffer Leche Flan
One of the most favorite Filipino desserts, Leche Flan is always served during special occasions. It is simply made from eggs and milk with a soft caramel on top. Leche Flan is prepared on llanera or baking pan but Zwitoffer’s version is made on the eggshell itself. Even without the caramel, Zwitoffer Leche Flan is still luscious and what I really like about it, it’s not overly sweet.
Zwitoffer Food Products
Address: San Nicolas Tarlac City
Contact No: 0933 8545495
Photo Credit: All unwatermarked photos by Martin San Diego via North Philippines Visitors Bureau (NPVB).
Disclosure: This Lakbay Norte trip was organized by North Philippines Bureau (NPVB) in partnership with NLEX Corporation, Bulacan Tourism and Convention Visitors Board (BTCB), Tarlac Convention and Visitors Bureau (TCVB), Ilocos Norte Convention and Visitors Bureau (INCVB), Victory Liner Inc., Department of Tourism Region 1, Department of Tourism Region 3, Jollibee Foods Corporation, and Merrell Philippines. Lakbay Norte is an annual media familiarization trip aiming to promote Philippine provinces in the north.