CDO Eats: Three Awesome Food Finds in the City of Golden Friendship

by - 10:53 AM

One of the things that surprised me on my recent work-related trip in Cagayan de Oro City (apart from the crazy traffic brought about by some drivers) was the ridiculously cheap food served in cafes and restaurants. You can find a lot of hole-in-the-walls tucked away in some corners and quiet side streets of this bustling metropolis.

Let me to share to you three of our awesome finds in the City of Golden Friendship:

Cecil’s Snack Inn and Bakeshoppe

This quaint little cafe located near Bonifacio Park and Xavier University - Ateneo de Cagayan is heaven for those with sweet tooth. From cakes to pies to pastries and other sweet delights, Cecil’s is the place to be when in Cagayan.

The place may be a bit small but is tastefully decorated with chic interiors and is kept clean and tidy. Service is good; the manager (owner?) even fixed our wobbly table himself. 

Lovin' the chandelier!

Chic little corner at the shoppe.

A quote on canvas to remind us that we are the masters of our fate.

Though they are known for their sweet delectable choices, they also serve breakfast meals and quick orders for those who want to have the main meal first before the most awaited dessert.

Top - Tocilog (95 Php); 
Bottom - Hungarian Sausage with Beef Tapa and Egg (125 Php)

And of course, a slice of Red Velvet Cake (65 Php). 
I am not really a fan of red velvet cakes because I feel that I'm just eating red food coloring (haha) but this one is good - the cream cheese made me take one bite after another.

Here's their menu for reference (as of February 2016)

Address: Corrales Corner Hayes Streets, Cagayan de Oro City, Misamis Oriental

Butcher’s Best Barbeque

Looking for budget-friendly grilled meals? Butcher’s Best Barbeque is the answer!

I love barbecue and grilled food so it was a treat trying Cagayan’s version of one of my comfort foods. Though it looked dated and the lavatory may need some serious upkeep; the food certainly do not disappoint.

Here’s a quick rundown of the items we ordered:

Sinugwow (80 Php) 
I originally thought this was their version of Sinuglaw (grilled pork & fish ceviche) of which Cagayan de Oro was known for. It turned out to be just grilled pork belly swimming in soy sauce and topped with lots of chopped white onions. Still good, though.

Pork BBQ in Sweet (left) and Spicy (right) sauce at 15 Php.
Perfect for those on a tight budget. No wonder there were lots of students there.

Grilled Angus Beef Belly (120 Php)
A real value for money! It was good though there were some slices that were a bit rubbery when chewed. But considering the price, it was well worth it.

Butcher's Best Barbecue Menu as of February 2016.

Address: Hayes Street, Cagayan de Oro City, Misamis Oriental

The Old Blue Burger

A good friend of mine has been raving of Old Blue Burgers for the longest time and when it was my turn to go to CDO with her, she didn’t pass up the chance to introduce me to one of the awesome hole-in-the-wall finds. Guess what? I’m a believer! LOL

I wasn't expecting it to be just a small food cart right on the sidewalk but don't let this fool you because, oh boy, you'd definitely be in for a big surprise.

The Old Blue Classic (99 Php) 
100% beef patty, lettuce, onions, tomatoes, and Old Blue's special sauce served with Old Blue fries. What should I say? Hands down to this yummy burger without the hefty price tag! The melted cheese and the special sauce together with the well-seasoned beef patty took this burger to a whole new level.

The Old Blue Fries (50 Php). 
These potato wedges are too thick for my liking (I like the thinner ones - a bit on the crispy side) but the spiced coat balanced well with the thicker cut. 

Here's the Old Blue Burger's menu just in case you'd find yourself in CDO (as of February 2016). Would love to try Philly Cheese Steak next time as it was not available when we visited.

Address: Don A. Velez corner J. Gaerlan Streets, Cagayan de Oro City, Misamis Oriental (they are also serving burgers on Chingkeetea's newest branch).

There you go, folks! That concludes another fattening food trip session with EulaPanda. Until next time!

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  1. Great read! Old blue burger has been the best burger ive tried so far.

    1. Well it sure is! Thanks for reading :)