Staying in Cabangan means you’d have to eat there too. While most food places in Zambales really isn’t located there—it’s far from being the food capital of Zambales—there are still a handful of unique places you can dine in when in Cabangan.
Now, most of these places are not really within the vicinity of Cabangan’s Bayan or town center. And commuting in Cabangan isn’t really the easiest thing to do—especially true when going back from the interior barangays. For commuters like us—seasoned as we are—this makes buying a car seem like a good idea. Well, until we think of how we’re actually going to pay for that car. But I digress, lol.
Without further ado, here are ten of the most interesting food places in Cabangan. These range from roadside stands and food shacks, to swanky cafes and full blown restaurants. These made the list because they’re somewhat unique, have good food, are institutions in Cabangan, or simply because I’ve personally tried them and found them to be worthy, naks.
LC’S STOP & CHOW
ADDRESS: HI-WAY, STO.NIÑO, CABANGAN • OPENING HOURS: 10AM-8PM • CONTACT NO: (0949)155-1998 • GPS MAP: 15.145499, 120.051938
LC’s, as Cabangaeans dub it, is one of the foremost restaurants in town. It started off as a small unassuming restaurant near Bayan and has since expanded into a full and proper restaurant, complete with an outdoor eating hall. Before the pandemic, they even have a stage where you can watch acoustic bands perform. LC’s Stop & Chow serves classic Filipino favorites and Western dishes.
21ST BEAN CAFE
ADDRESS: HI-WAY, STO.NIÑO, CABANGAN • OPENING HOURS: 9AM-8PM • CONTACT NO: (0919)095-7723 • GPS MAP: 15.156161, 120.054262
If cafes are your thing, 21st Bean Café is perfect for you. Conveniently located right along the highway, they serve pastas, sandwiches, nachos, tacos, quesadillas, and of course, drinks and coffee. You can have it hot, over ice, or as frappes. If you’re missing your Starbucks while in Cabangan, head over to 21st Bean.
~ PHOTO FROM 21ST BEAN FB PAGE
ADDRESS: COASTAL RD., SAN ISIDRO, CABANGAN • OPENING HOURS: 6:30AM-12NN 4PM-8:30PM • CONTACT: (0909)460-1392 • GPS MAP: 15.169402, 120.035833
Our go-to place after swimming along the San Isidro portion of Cabangan Beach. Mami Madz is a simple open-aired mami and goto place that serves, well, mami and goto—and nothing else. They do have street foods during weekends—kwek kweks, proben, isaw, tokwa, lumpia, among other fried things. Perfect for that after-swim cravings.
ARYA’S CHILL & GRILL
ADDRESS: SAPANGBATO, MABANGLIT, CABANGAN • OPENING HOURS: 2PM-10PM • CONTACT NO: (0949)996-5259 • GPS MAP: 15.201726, 120.028874
Besides serving mostly Middle-Eastern dishes, the unique thing about Arya’s Chill & Grill is its location. To get there you’d have to cross a small river using a balsa or raft—worry not, you won’t get wet. The restaurant itself is open-aired, with chairs and tables set al fresco and on open huts. Wines are available, so is a videoke machine, lol. They’re open on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays only.
1ST STREAT HOMEMADE FOOD
ADDRESS: MENDIGORIN ST. SAN ANTONIO, CABANGAN • OPENING HOURS: ??? • CONTACT NO: (0995)296-9792 • GPS MAP: 15.160167, 120.054638
As its name suggests, 1st Streat serves mostly homemade dishes plus a few more like pita and chicken wings, pizzas, burgers and fries, to name a few. The best thing about this restaurant is their bilao take-outs. If you’re with a big group and planning a picnic at Bangan Pier, Dapya River, or Cabangan Beach, this is the place to order.
~ PHOTO FROM 1ST STREAT FB PAGE
ADDRESS: HI-WAY, SAN RAFAEL, CABANGAN • OPENING OURS: 11AM-10PM • CONTACT NO: (0977)807-4794 • GPS MAP: 15.185169, 120.042915
The only Japanese restaurant this side of Zambales. Well, it’s not really a full ramen restaurant but more a shack, but yes, Ramenshakku is the only one serving Japanese cuisine in Cabangan, particularly ramen, gyoza, and maki—and at a really affordable prices too. As of the moment, they’re only open during Fridays and Saturdays and have limited serving quantity. Call first before going.
~ PHOTO FROM RAMENSHAKKU FB PAGE
KOPI KUBO KOLLECTIVE CABANGAN
ADDRESS: HI-WAY, SAN RAFAEL, CABANGAN • OPENING HOURS: 24 HOURS • CONTACT NO: (0977)807-4794 • GPS MAP: 15.185169, 120.042915
Right beside Ramenshakku sits Kopi Kubo Kollective, a 24-hour café serving extremely affordable locally brewed coffee from the Cordilleras, Batangas, Bukidnon, and other coffee growing places in the Philippines. How affordable? Like ten-peso affordable. If you happen to have your own cup with you, five pesos. As its moniker suggest, it is a café in a simple kubo—like a literal hut. They have branches across Zambales, but the one in Cabangan offers more—Latin American coffees.
~ PHOTO FROM KOPI KUBO FB PAGE
4D’s IHAW IHAW
ADDRESS: RIZAL ST., DOLORES, CABANGAN • OPENING HOURS: AFTERNOONS • CONTACT NO: (0948)936-3504 • GPS MAP: 15.158610, 120.056699
One of the best street foods I tasted while in Cabangan was at 4D’s Ihaw Ihaw. Located on an unassuming front yard somewhere along the backstreets of Cabangan Municipal Hall, it’s just your basic roadside ihaw-ihaw with a table you can eat on, if you wanna sit down with your tuhog goodies. They serve excellent sticks of barbecued isaw, pork meat, betamax, adidas, balun-balunan, and pork taba. Bring your own cold bottle of Coke (and rice!) or pair your inihaw with their halo-halo.
ADDRESS: HI-WAY, STA. RITA, CABANGAN • OPENING HOURS: 1PM-5PM • CONTACT NO: (0915)450-3045 • GPS MAP: 15.173817, 120.051323
Who would’ve thought that there’d be gourmet grilled pizzas using hand-kneaded dough and sauce sourced from local tomatoes and herbs in Cabangan? Well, at Wood’s Pizza, they have just that. Located on an outdoor garden setting overlooking farmlands, they have the usual pepperoni, sausage, cheese, Hawaiian, and bacon and mushroom pizzas—and the more unique shrimp scampi and breakfast pizzas. Closed on Mondays.
~ PHOTO FROM WOOD’S PIZZA FB PAGE
YOU-HAN’s K-BAP RESTAURANT
ADDRESS: HI-WAY, STA. RITA, CABANGAN • OPENING HOURS: 10AM-9PM • CONTACT NO: (0921)347-6060 • GPS MAP: 15.176521, 120.048944
If you’re craving for Korean food and you’re in Cabangan, YOU-HAN’s Kbap Restaurant is literally the only place to go to. They have ramyun, kimbaps, japchae, jjapageti, bibimbaps, dumpling, bulgogis, tteok-bokki, and more importantly, unli samgyeopsal. And let’s not forget the soju. And if you want your picnics Korean-style, they have bilao take-outs too.
~ PHOTO FROM YOU-HAN;S K-BAP FB PAGE