Patricia May P. Catan
SunStar Weekend Writer
FILIPINOS are known to be rice-eaters because a meal isn’t a meal without it. But a sign of the times is that our eating habits are slowly changing. Eating a meal sans rice is not a problem these days as burgers are fertilizing today’s culinary landscape. One order of a thick burger already has the carbohydrates and protein we need to fill our hungry stomachs. Burgers come in many different variations but one thing that’s common among them is how easy they are to devour within minutes. It’s no trouble spotting burger places in town too for they have grown in number over the years. We list down 13 of the city’s best.
Location: Robinsons Cybergate; SM City Cebu
This diner is bringing it old school with a retro-themed counter that takes every customer back to traditional American classic. The Luncheonette is best known to serve juicy hot dogs, cheesy melts and of course, mouthwatering griddled burgers that are available for order the entire day. One dish that’s famous on its extensive menu is the The Luncheonette Burger. This piece of savory delight is made with one-third pound Angus beef plate and grass-fed chuck patty that’s griddled to perfection and served on a buttered bun.
Big Tom’s Charbroiled Burger
Location: 111 Juana Osmeña St., Cebu City; Oakridge Business Park
The grand slam winner for Best Burger in SunStar Best of Cebu (2013, 2014, 2015) promises its diners fresh, flavorful and succulent patties that are 100 percent premium sirloin ground beef grilled to medium-well perfection. Big Tom’s guarantees that there’s always a variant for every appetite and preference for customers to leave not just with a satisfied stomach but with a happy one too.
21 South Burger
Location: Unit 105 of J&J Residences, E. Sabellano St., Punta Princesa, Cebu City
For what looks like an unassuming establishment, 21 South Burger is quite the impressive addition to the local food scene. The brand takes pride in its no-frills burgers that mainly focus on the quality of ingredients put in every sandwich. Its well-thought-out menu presents a sensational selection of burgers with Bacon Mushroom being the bestseller. Made with homemade buns, pure beef patties, a special sauce and fresh vegetables as the main components, each order of 21 South Burger is a zesty surprise that’s served with a side of Parmesan fries.
The Burger Joint
Location: The Gallery, Mabolo, Cebu City
The Burger Joint is an easy favorite among Cebuanos and is even the Best Value Burger of 2018 in SunStar Best of Cebu. The burger place serves its pride of substantial and flame-broiled burgers with a choice of sides from onion rings to fries and potato chips.
Location: #69 Lim Tian Teng St., Cebu City; The Terraces, Ayala Center Cebu; Asiatown IT Park, Lahug; SM Seaside City Cebu
Casa Verde’s the Ultimeat Burger is the absolute baddest if it’s the size we’re talking about. This 12-inch, two-layer behemoth is stacked high with steak, eggs, pulled pork, bacon, chicken fingers and tenderloin beef patties! The dish is so huge that it’s good for 10 people. If that’s not enough, the burger is even served with cheesy nachos and free drinks.
Albur’s Restaurant Cebu
Location: Gen. Lim St., Mabolo, Cebu City
The secret but not-so-secret dining spot that is Albur’s makes it to the list of the baddest burgers in town. Apart from its refreshing al fresco eating set-up, the restaurant is also known to serve burgers that are the epitome of greasy goodness. Its Truffle Burger and Heart-stopper Burger are two of the flavors that customers love coming back for.
Big Daddy Truck
Location: Salinas Drive, Lahug, Cebu City
While Big Daddy’s menu is designed after fast food restaurants, its choices of burgers are still considered superior. Its Monster Burger is a prime example of that juicy and tasty burger one always craves. The loads of cheese, steak patty and hot dogs are what makes it so hard to resist.
Location: M.J.Cuenco, Banilad, Cebu City
Everything is hot off the griddle at Mr. Griddle – from its selection of burgers, sandwiches and all-day breakfast meals. The place is straightforward and budget-friendly when the stomach calls for a greasy bite. Its double griddle burger is already such a fill but don’t be too shy to add extra egg and bacon to make it more tempting to devour.
Location: Tagunol St., Mambaling, Cebu City
I guess it’s safe to say that Stoke Burgers is the best street-style burger in town. This establishment may be small but it offers big servings and a budget-friendly price range. Its lightweight burger that’s priced at only P90 is a classic cheese burger made of pure beef patty, cheddar cheese, tomatoes and cucumbers.
New Found Burger
Location: E. Sabellano St., San Lorenzo Village, Punta Princesa, Cebu City
What started out as a modest burger shop is now a well-established brand that has gained many returning customers. New Found Burger’s homemade and flame-grilled patties are seasoned with special spices to give each one a premium international taste.