Top 10 Restaurants 2013

No wonder, eating has become a national pastime. There are just so many sumptuous meals tempting the Filipino palate in so many restaurants nationwide – not to mention thousands of food carts and barbecue grills sprouting like mushrooms all over the country.

And though we haven’t heard of any oversized adult suing a food chain for not being size-sensitive and not putting chairs that fit – as what has transpired in the U.S. – overindulgence in food is rampant. Watch ABS-CBN’s “The Biggest Loser” show on primetime for a sneak peek on how a losing struggle against food gourmet can have such gargantuan results.

Well, let’s cut to the chase and minimize the BS, here are 10 of the most sought-after eating places in the whole Philippines in the year 2013. List is based on Google results mapped all throughout the year:

Pinoytaste seem to be increasingly leaning towards the Western diet as this A-list will show. Most of these meal-makers have American roots. Only thing is, if there was one game changer in that year, it’s pancakes. The year 2013 could be the year pancakes entered into the national diet.

1. IHOP (International House of Pancakes)
Topping the list is a pancake house, one of the most successful franchise from the U.S. of A. To be honest I haven’t really fancied pancakes and can’t even tell the difference between these and your off-the-street hot cakes.

But, by the looks of it, I sure am hungry.

2. Slappy Cakes
Slappy Cakes
And then again, another American franchise tops this A-list making the line-up of all-morning dining complete right from the onset.

Must be something about their pancakes.

3. Vikings SM North
Vikings SM North
Now, here’s where it gets a little more on the Oriental side of things with preparation and dishes going more of the Chinese way. And eat-all-you-can feast with their luxury-buffet restaurant. It ain’t cheap, but you won’t regret a bite.

And even if there’s not many branches nationwide, I still don’t see it in every SM City mall, demand for this now-famous resto is pouring in like a flood.

4. Tous les Jours
Tous les Jours
The first and only food park with South-Korean origins in this A-list. Wonder how a South Korean entity stumble upon pastries and cakes. Well this one has a French connection. The reason for the French name. But it’s definitely HQ’d in S. Korea with over 100 branches in the U.S. and most of Asia. Top that.

5. J.CO Donuts
J.CO Donuts
From S. Korea we go to Indonesia, the birth place of J.Co Donuts. These donuts have been such a delight to Pinoys, many simply call them “donut from heaven”.

Very interesting, knowing that the company is founded and managed by Johnny Adrean Group, whose main thrust is into beauty products and beauty parlors but has found lasting success in the bread industry in Indonesia (e.g., Bread Talk).

6. KFC (Kentucky Fried Chicken)
Well, to break the bread talk and all the pastry details, is the 6th places-to-eat in the list, KFC, the franchise currently 2nd only to the Big Mac in terms of sales and outlets worldwide. No explanations needed. Pinoys just love chicken!

7. Amber’s

The Filipino-inspired resto may well be the the only truly Pinoy delicacy offering to us natives, sans Jollibee, of course. Proud home of the Original Pancit Malabon and the Delicious Pichi-Pichi, Amber’s has raised the bar for the all-year-round favePantastikPancit.

8. McDonald’s
It’s hard to have a list of food places to go in town without including the most successful food chain in the world, Ray Kroc’s MacDonald. Not to mention aggressive marketing.

9. Jollibee
And falling a close second to chicken-lover’s requests is the homegrown Jollibee, proud baby of Mr. Tony Tan Caktiong of Davao. We all have grown to this bee, and so will our children, and our children’s children – most likely (if WW III does not happen before that).

10. SumoSam
Finally, a Japanese-inspired restaurant. Perhaps a cool entry to wrap up this top notch list of food preparers, SumoSam has introduced the cooking delights of the Japanese nation starting with their tempura and ending with their Yokuzuna Bento. Now that would be a real devour-fest!

So there you have it, mate. A feast bound to make our mouths water. Please don’t forget to drop me a line or two should you have any reaction – violent and otherwise – or any clarification. I welcome them with a generous heart, hopefully with a broad smile too.

And if you feel like it, please share this article. I am not a personal crusader of the Google team but I do hope we could do our share of giving. A little could mean much.

I know it’s easy to get hungry reading all this stuff about food. Well, take a step. Don’t be afraid to check out these cool places when you have the time – and the resources too. How many have you visited lately?

Food will definitely cost you, but so does not taking one. Funny, how that quips, “Aanhin and damokungpataynaang…” buzzes right between my ears.

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