Local Restaurants You Should Check Out in Cagayan de Oro

For those traveling to CDO, you may want to visit some of these local restaurants.

1. Backyard Grill

Bakyard Grill is one of the restaurants that serve affordable grilled fare, with a lot of their meals at P99. Aside from the usual silog meals, it also serves meals on a hot plate: Sizzling Sisig, Sizzling (spa)Ghetti and even Sizzling Brownie Ala Mode!  Its hefty serving of baby back ribs will keep you coming back for more.  [Backyard Grill, Marfori Compound, Gaerlan St.]

2. Chingkee Tea

A few blocks away from the Backyard Grill is Chingkee Tea, a tea place frequented by young students. This cute spot is an arts and crafts haven, with all things creative on walls, ceilings, tables and chairs, and where milk tea concoctions are fantastic.  Must-trys are the Blueberry Cheesecake, Java Chip, and the exceptional Wintermelon Milk Tea. You can add pearls, egg pudding or even ice cream for an even yummier drink! In their new location, Chingkee Tea customers can now choose from among a selection of food stalls serving burgers, pizza and fries. [Chingkee Tea, Hayes St.]

3. Good Fellas Pizza

Among the newer restos, Good Fellas Pizza is another sure winner. A mafia-themed pizza place inspired by the ‘90s De Niro movie, Good Fellas serves beer-battered pizzas all named after Mafioso characters. Mickey White is a four-cheese pizza, Joe Piney is a Hawaiian pizza, Danny has a sunny-side up egg right at the center, and Wild Bill has chorizo and jalapeño. The best-seller, Big Joe, is topped with sausage, pepperoni, beef and bacon. [Good Fellas, 2/F Sweet Leaf Café, Pabayo cor. T. Chaves Sts.]

4. Sentro 1850

Sentro 1850 is a long-time favorite among the locals, and has often been the preferred venue for business meetings, family gatherings, and even dinner dates. Its Ima’s Kawali (Lechon Kawali) is one of the best out there, while the Balinese Swordfish with Ginger Sauce is perfect for those who are trying to eat healthy. Pair this with the sweet, spicy and crunchy Squid Sotong and you are set for a scrumptious meal. Also serving yummy burgers and sandwiches, Sentro definitely has something for those who love to eat. [Sentro 1850, Velez St.]


These are only a few of the many local restaurants around Plaza Divisoria. Several others are just as distinct and delicious: From Minindal, a furniture showroom-cum-restaurant; La Tegola, a cozy Italian bistro; and Red Tail Shrimps, a seafood place where you eat with your hands, to Bagong Lipunan, which serves classic pancit canton; and Butcher’s Best Barbecue, an unpretentious barbecue joint for the diner on a budget. In other parts of the city, such as Limketkai Center, Corrales Avenue, and J.R. Borja Extension, numerous cafes and restaurants have also taken root.

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