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SMOKE is strategically located near the iconic San Agustin Church of Paoay in Ilocos Norte, making every dining experience a classic one. With hearty smoked dishes, tender and flavorful to the last bite, surely SMOKE is one of the only few authentic American smokehouses that can compete with those even in Manila!
You may have taken a big bite of Irene's Vigan Empanada in Ilocos Sur and has deemed it worth going back for. Driving further north, however, there is also another gem that you might wish to try to satisfy your cravings for the delightfully filling snack. This is Lanie's Batac Special Empanada in Riverside, Batac, Ilocos Norte! Try Lanie's Special Empanada, their version of Bagnet, Miki, and Balut!
Established in 2017, Cuisine de Iloco in Laoag City, Ilocos Norte is the brainchild of owners chef Jaymar Aquino and his brothers' idea to build a family-owned restaurant, with him bringing home his culinary experience from working as a chef abroad and incorporate it with their hometown's best flavors.
Ikinari Dango, a local Japanese snack, is one of the many little reasons to visit Kumamoto Prefecture. In Kumamoto, Imoya Chobei Shoten is one of the biggest names when it comes to Ikinari Dango. The shop specializes in creating these local sweets in different flavors and forms. As time went by, they were able to produce more varieties such as ice cream, potato chips, and potato sticks.
A trip to Ilocos region wouldn’t be complete without having a big bite of the famous local delicacy–the empanada. This staple Ilocano snack can be found almost everywhere around the province, but only one stood out from the rest of empanada shops around the town of Vigan, and it is Irene’s Vigan Empanada.