Here’s to making your MassKara trip more enjoyable!
Images: Judy Ann (L); Byron's Backribs Grille House – Silay Facebook page (R)
Bacolod City is known for its sumptuous food. Most tourists travel to the City of Smiles just to taste the unique delicacies of the home of the MassKara Festival. If you’re still clueless about where to eat in Bacolod, we’ve got you covered.
We have a Bacolod food guide listing some of the city's famous local and homegrown restaurants that you should take advantage of during the MassKara Festival season.
Where:Father M. Ferrero Street near SM City Bacolod
Price:Starts at PhP105
Manokan Country is one of the food spots in Bacolod that one should take notice of.
MassKara Festival vibe wouldn’t be complete without the best Bacolod Chicken Inasal. Manokan Country is home to dozens of stalls serving the most delicious Bacolod Chicken Inasal and is a food strip near SM City Bacolod.
Bacolod food guide heads up: no air-conditioned stalls in the complex exist. And since it is an open space, be mindful of your belongings. Dining at Manokan Country will not be complete without eating with your bare hands; that’s why restaurants do not offer utensils by default. However, utensils are available upon request. Enjoy celebrating the MassKara Festival, but don’t forget to taste the Bacolod’s Chicken Inasal!
Manokan Country is open from Monday to Sunday from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM.
Where:Balay Quince, 15th Lacson Street across L’Fisher Hotel; Ground Floor, Robinsons Place Bacolod City
Price:Starts at Cake Slices: PhP85.00-P120.00
Whole Cake: P700-P1,000.00
The lovely cakes of Calea are waiting to be sliced for perfection.
Image: Calea Pastries and Coffee Facebook page
Looking for a pasalubong (take-home gift, souvenir) for the people at home? Yoorekka’s Bacolod food guide is here to help you out! Calea Pastries and Coffee is one of the most popular cake shops in Bacolod City. Both tourists and locals love their cheesecakes, chocolate cake, and mud pie. This MassKara Festival season, the food gem is packed for sure, so you’d better visit the store as soon as possible.
Calea Pastries and Coffee is open from Monday to Saturday from 9:00 AM to 10:00 PM.
Where:Reagent, Brgy. Alijis; 25th Lacson Street, Bacolod City
Price:Starts at PhP620.00
A piping hot bowl of Cansi soup is perfect for cold weather.
Image: Conee’s Cansi House and Sugba Facebook page
Craving for a savory soup while joining the MassKara Festival but don’t know where to eat in Bacolod? Cansi (beef shank soup) in Bacolod needs no introduction. Dubbed as one of the world-class beef soups in the country, this dish is a must-try whenever you are in Bacolod City.
If you’re worried about crowded cansi restaurants during MassKara Festival, don’t worry; there are a lot of choices to choose from with the help of Yoorekka’s Bacolod food guide. One of them is Conee’s Cansi House and Sugba. One advantage of Conee’s Cansi House is that they have a branch along Lacson Street, which is more convenient, especially for people who do not want to go far from the heart of the festivities to celebrate the Bacolod MassKara Festival.
Conee’s Cansi House and Sugba is open from Monday to Sunday from 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM.
Kadios is one of the ingredients that make the KBL soup extra special.
Image: Sandok Comfort Food Facebook page
Another restaurant that serves savory KBL on our Bacolod food guide for this year’s MassKara Festival is the Sandok Comfort Food. This homegrown Bacolod restaurant offers customers a warm, cozy, and homey vibe. The hominess is brought by their delectable lutong bahay (home-cooked meals) specials. One of them is a popular Ilonggo dish called Kadios, Baboy, Langka (pigeon peas, pork, and jackfruit), or KBL. What makes this dish so unique? While other provinces use sampalok (tamarind) as their souring agent, Sandok highlights the use of a local fruit known as batuan ((Blanco) Choisy). If you’re craving soup on the day of the MassKara Festival, Sandok Comfort Food is worth considering.
Sandok Comfort Food is open from Monday to Sunday from 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM.
Sate pork barbecue is one of the best sellers at Bob’s Restaurant.
Image: Bob’s Restaurant Facebook page
Bob’s Restaurant is one of the restaurants in Bacolod that don’t serve chicken inasal, but is always full of customers. This restaurant on our Bacolod food guide is one of the well-loved family restaurants in Bacolod. The restaurant serves American food with a Filipino twist, a perfect choice to eat and taste at this MassKara Festival. One of their best sellers is their Sate Pork Barbecue. The tender grilled pork is topped with their homemade sate sauce, a sour spin on the Malay peanut sauce. Check out Bob’s Restaurant if you are looking for where to eat in Bacolod, serving an American dinner dish. Their food will not disappoint for sure.
Bob’s Restaurant is open from Monday to Sunday from 7:15 AM to 9:30 PM.
Partying down the festival streets during the MassKara Festival can be tiring. If you want to re-energize with good food, heading to a restaurant with fresh, sumptuous seafood is best. Ading's Pala-Pala Seafood Restaurant is on our Bacolod food guides that you will genuinely like if you love seafood! This restaurant offers eat-all-you-can shrimp, oysters, soup, grilled pork, and rice for only PhP299. This comes with a serving of crispy crablets and iced tea, a great choice at the MassKara Festival.
Ading’s Pala-Pala Seafood Restaurant is open from Monday to Sunday from 8:00 AM to 10:00 PM.
Where:Magsaysay Avenue near Luxor Place Hotel, Bacolod City
Price:Starts at PhP169.00
The saucy and flavorful back ribs of Lord Byron’s Backribs will keep you returning for more.
Image: Lord Byron’s Backribs Facebook page
Still can’t decide on where to eat in Bacolod this MassKara Festival? A big slab of juicy and flavorful back ribs sold at a budget-friendly price is what you can find at Lord Byron’s Backribs. This homegrown restaurant on our list on Bacolod food guides is one of the food spots that tourists love. Lord Byron’s Backribs is way cheaper and bigger than other restaurants serving back ribs outside Bacolod. The back ribs are very tender, and the sauce is perfect for the dish. If you’re craving a slab for dinner this MassKara Festival, Lord Byron’s Backribs is worthy to consider.
Lord Byron’s Backribs is open from Monday to Saturday from 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM.
These mouth-watering Bacolod foods have become an integral part of the MassKara festival. Experience MassKara at its best by dining in the food spots on the list! Tell us your favorites!
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This article was initially published in Yoorekka on October 11, 2018.
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