Local businesses are slowly returning to form, allowing the Best of Cebu team to add more categories under lifestyle and travel, beauty and wellness, and shopping. From 78 awardees in 2021, SunStar’s Best of Cebu lists 118 winners for 2022.
From Jan. 23 to 29, SunStar’s Best of Cebu 2022 winners will be featured in the Lifestyle section of SunStar Cebu.
These winners went through a stringent selection and judging process conducted by the Best of Cebu committee and an esteemed panel of judges. If there’s one thing we learned going through this batch of awardees, it’s that anyone can have what it takes to win Best of Cebu.
Here are some of the winners:
Best All-Day-Breakfast Restaurant: Birdseed Breakfast Club + Café
Located conveniently at Unit F19, Axis Entertainment Ave., N. Escario St., Birdseed Breakfast Club + Café provides an all-day breakfast service that’s perfect for the night owls and finicky eaters in Cebu. Sometimes, you just need corned beef and hash browns for dinner, and Birdseed is a restaurant that can give you precisely that.
Best Coffee Shop: Tightrope Coffee
Tightrope Coffee’s coffee shop at the Velez Medical Arts Building on V. Ranudo St., is the perfect place to fulfill your coffee aesthetic dreams. Its minimalist, industrial loft design is a great atmosphere for anyone who wants to concentrate on their work. With floor-to-ceiling windows and a large stone island you can work on, it’s almost like a bar but for coffee lovers.
Best Food Park: Sugbo Mercado
Sugbo Mercado hosts a wide variety of food ranging from local favorites to international fare. It is a place where new food vendors try their luck on Cebu’s food scene. It has a few permanent locations such as The Market (near Parkmall), Cebu IT Park and Cebu Business Park.
Best Korean Restaurant: 4.15 Dining Room
4.15 Dining Room is all about its premium offerings of meat, which Korean food connoisseurs find essential. The restaurant offers a wide-range of dishes that give an authentic nod to the ever-vibrant Korean cuisine. Visit 4.15 Dining Room at FLC Center, 888 Hernan Cortes St., Mandaue City.
Best Sports Bar: First 5 Sports Lounge & Cafè
First 5 Sports Lounge & Café is a one-stop hangout for all sports fans out there. Located in the heart of Cebu at the Bonifacio District on F. Cabahug St., First 5 regularly invites sports fans and enthusiasts to watch live showings of famous sports events—which are perfectly paired with its cold beer, sizzling sisig, and crispy pig ears.
Best Chicharon: Pastrano’s Chicharon
Pastrano’s Chicharon has everything you’re looking for in pork rinds: it’s savory without being too overwhelming, hearty—and, it has that crunch factor. This is best paired with sukang pinakurat. Message Pastrano’s Chicharon on Facebook to order.
Best Lechon Manok: Chanoks Inasal
Chanoks Inasal has consistently won the Best Lechon Manok category since 2020, and has been providing mouthwatering, juicy rotisserie chicken in two flavors: Spicy and Classic. There are several Chanoks Inasal branches in Cebu, and each branch ensures its lechon manok is roasted to perfection.
Best Paella: Gorliz
Gorliz has mastered the art of creating this savory rice mixed with fresh meat, seafood, and vegetables to create and perfect its mouthwatering paella. Topped with clams, bell pepper, and sprinkled with freshly squeezed lemon juice, Gorliz does not kid around when it comes to paella.
Best Samgyeopsal: KAYA Korean BBQ Cebu
Pork belly or samgyeopsal has risen to become one of the most prominent food trends in the Philippines. It is inexpensive and requires minimal effort to cook. In KAYA Korean BBQ restaurant, you get this and more. The soft and tender meat is so flavorful, and it is best paired with KAYA’s wide assortment of side dishes. KAYA Korean BBQ is located at Bonifacio District on F. Cabahug St., Mandaue City.
Best Chocolate Cake: Chocolate Cakes by Nicole
Chocolate Cakes by Nicole’s super moist chocolate supreme is baked using premium Belgian chocolate ganache, placing the cake on a whole different level of delicious. Paired with an extremely moist cake base, the overall texture invades the sensations right away. Chocolate Cakes by Nicole has kiosks at Ayala Center Cebu, Parkmall, and Scooby’s Café in Carcar City.
Best Cheesecake: Tamp Café & Co.
Tamp Café & Co. takes pride in making award-winning cheesecakes. Every cheesecake layer is set to perfection, providing patrons with an exquisite filling-to-crust ratio that’s flavored just right. Tamp Café & Co. has four branches in Cebu: 12 Pres. Aguinaldo St., Kasambagan; Unit 105, Banilad Town Center; Ground Floor, Tsai Hotel Lahug; and Unit 47-48, Paseo Arcenas Banawa.
Best Donuts: Fullbring Bakery
Fullbring Bakery continues to make waves in the competitive market thanks to its unmatched creativity and mouth watering donuts. Its unique flavors range from warm little bites of glazed donuts to lip-smacking chocolate frosted donuts. Fullbring Bakery provides a feast for the eyes with its colorful designs and provides a wide array of flavors that make every bite worth having. It is located in Talisay, and accepts pre-orders via its Facebook page.
Best Korean Garlic Cream Cheese Bread: Sasa Cover
It’s love at first bite when the savory-sweet garlic buns of Sasa Cover enter your tastebuds. They are perfectly sized and textured buns are stuffed to the brim with garlic, complemented by the right amount of cheese and butter. Taste this bread for yourself. Sasa Cover is located in E-Zone, beside Balamban Liempo, Panagdait, F. Cabahug St., Cebu City.
Best Hair Salon: Colors & Peach
If you’re up to leveling up your hair, you can check out the wide range of services at Colors & Peach: Brazilian blowouts, blonde streaks, trendy hair colors, and hair treatment products. Colors & Peach has branches at GPH Central, Kasambagan and AyalaMalls Central Bloc.
Best Value Massage: Grand Royal Spa
What better way to relax than in a spa prided for its cleanliness and expertise in providing quality treatments and services? Located at Salinas Drive, Lahug, Grand Royal Spa features traditional Indian methods of calming the body and mind through stone massages and Filipino serenity through its Hilot massages.
Best Department Store: SM Store
The SM store offers a wide variety of high-quality items that are long-lasting and suitable for anything its shoppers may need. From fashion to skin care to sports, the SM Store has got it all for you.
Best Meat Shop: Monterey Meat Shop
Behind every good meal is a set of high-quality ingredients. Monterey Meat Shop provides a selection of meats that undergo stringent quality assurance checks to ensure the safety and satisfaction of its customers.
More winners will be announced in the upcoming days. Follow SunStar Cebu and SunStar Best of Cebu on social media for news and updates.