Tarlac Foodserye | 6 Must-try Restaurants in Tarlac

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

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Think of Tarlac and, honestly, not much will come to mind. There's Pinatubo... but that's basically all we know (aside from being a national reststop) about this province.

Buuuut, Tarlac has loads to offer. There's the Monasterio de Tarlac, Kart City Tarlac, the Ylang-ylang Center in Anao, the Aquino Center and Museum, among other things. Plus, there's a collection of food places that are definitely worth the stopover. So, should you find yourself in this province, be sure to check out these six restaurants:

1.) TATUNS
Tatuns Kambingan is a popular spot in Brgy San Vicente in the city of Tarlac. Sporting a newly renovated look, the place is airy and cozy. It doesn't have the dingy ambiance that usually comes with Kambingans, looking more like a bistro with its long tables and white walls.
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best kambingan tarlac
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The place is famous for its ox tail kaldereta, kampukan, bagis, and fried catfish. You also mustn't miss the asadong dila (roast ox tongue)! 
tatuns tarlac menu

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7051 E Fairlane Rd, Brgy. San Vicente, Tarlac City, Tarlac
Mondays to Saturdays: 10AM to 2PM then 5PM to 9PM; closed on Sundays


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2.) KAPE AGAPE
This eclectic coffee shop is located in the town of Anao. It's famous for its hefty servings of nachos, and crispy pancit. Aside from the feel-good food, the cafe also serves as a venue for creative workshops.
kape agape menu


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Its owner envisioned Kape Agape to be a haven, advocating for mental health and encouraging the local youth to partake in the arts – painting, dance, music, and theater. Artworks of students can be seen displayed in the cafe's walls. The dining space might be limited but the food and especially the philosophy behind it makes it appear larger than life. 
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kape agape anao

Poblacion Street, Anao, Tarlac
+63 45 866 5116


3.) BETTY'S
What started out as a humble roadside kakanin peddler, Betty's Special Native Cakes had evolved into a household name in Tarlac.
betty's kakanin tarlac
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betty's special native cakes tarlac

It's been serving its famous Duman, and Tibok-tibok since 1972. It's not all rice cakes they're offering though. Betty's also serves favorite Pinoy meryenda like pancit palabok and pancit malabon
betty's tarlac duman


bettys tarlac tibok tibok

San Roque, Tarlac City
+63 45 982 0465


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4.) LA BONETERIA
La Boneteria is a famous panaderia in Tarlac. It is known for its malunggay pandesal, and bonete –Tarlac's version of a dinner roll, often dipped in – surprise – vinegar.
la boneteria tarlac malunggay pandesal

tarlac bonete
Villa Zarraga Subdivision, San Vicente Tarlac
+63 45 923 1098

5.) BONETTE'S BBQ GRILL
This unassuming open-air spot serves perhaps the best barbecue in Tarlac. It sits right next to La Boneteria so it's common to pair a bonete and a Bonette's barbecue.
bonette's barbecue tarlac
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Their homemade vinegar is to die for, perfect for both bread and meat. 
bonettes bbq tarlac
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6.) RUSTICA
If you're feeling fancy, Rustica is the perfect place to be. Reminiscent of Spanish grandeur, the place is fashioned with dark burnished wood and elaborate chandeliers. It's a place oozing with class and elegance. Of course, the food is also top-notch.
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tarlac restaurants
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The menu includes Spicy Prawns, and Barbecue Beef Ribs in Black Pepper Sauce. My recommendation? The Bacon-wrapped Cream Dory!
rustica tarlac menu
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Provincial Road, Concepcion, Tarlac
+63 45 491 7843


Looking for more restaurants to try in Tarlac? Check out Victor's Lechon Manok and Barbecue, and the Game Room at KCT.

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