There is no shortage of lechon houses available in Davao as we can see from its ever-growing supply of lechon in the area. There are plenty of those that are well-known and have already established a name for themselves because of its history. Some are small businesses, hidden gems, that are only known by locals around the area. Some also say that Davao is (if not already) the next “lechon capital of the Philippines” because it takes lechon houses seriously. Here is a list of lechon houses in Davao to look out for.

  1. Azon’s Boneless Lechon [McArthur Highway, Matina, Davao City
    (in front of NCCC Mall Davao) ]
    One of the more notable of its kind, Azon’s boneless lechon is famous for its fragrant and delicious lechon rolls, which can also be called, Davao lechon belly. They serve their lechon rolls in original and spicy flavors. Due to the demand of their lechon, they have built more locations at Bajada and Victoria Plaza Mall.

2. Porky’s lechon [003 Kawayan Matina Rd., Matina, Davao City, Davao del Sur]
Another choice for “Dabawenyos” (people of Davao), is this smaller business that has been consistently delivering satisfying portions of lechon. It has been reviewed as “Great. Crispy skin. Moist meat. Fine seasoning. Excellent.” It is good to know that smaller establishments still make great lechon.

3. Naty’s lechon house [836 Chavez St, Poblacion District, Davao City, Davao del Sur]
The brand that started the lechon trend in Davao, Naty’s lechon house is the original and oldest lechon house in Chavez Davao city. They serve the traditional and most popular tasty and authentic Davao lechon.

4. San Roque lechon house [Sammy Uy building, J.P. Laurel Ave]
Another historic lechon house, San Roque lechon house has been serving authentic Davao lechon since 1986. Slow-roasting their lechon infused with herbs and spices, they are one of the few that can cater to large orders and deliveries.

5. Lechoneros Native Lechon[42 Quimpo Blvd, Davao City, Quimpo Blvd, Talomo District, Davao City, Davao del Sur]
 Lechoneros Native lechon is inspired by the original Cebuano lechon recipe. They add in herbs and spices like any other lechon house and they make sure their special ingredients, like spring onions and lemongrass, are really soaked into the meat and even the bones. Like lechon houses in Cebu, they encourage their customers to eat the lechon without any sauce to fully enjoy the taste. Some pair up the dish with “sukang tuba” (coconut vinegar) and atchara. 

6. Milky’s lechon [McArthur Highway Fronting Solariega Subdivision, Talomo, Davao City, 8000 Davao del Sur]
An affordable alternative but not lacking in quality, Milky’s lechon has had great reviews as well from its customers. They serve efficiently and prepare Davao lechon that is perfect for all occasions.

7. Mikki’s lechon [Paseo Grande Building, Catalunan Grande 8000 Davao City]
Famous for being visited by Davao’s Mayor, Sara Duterte-Carpio, Mikki’s lechon had made news and had been claimed to be “the best there is in the city” according to a review on their facebook page by the Mayor herself. Established in 2007, a decade into the business now, they have proven to be able to compete with the more established lechon houses that have started the industry. They also offer free delivery service which definitely boosts their competitive stand.

8. Yan’s boneless lechon[Matina Aplaya Rd, Talomo, Davao City, 8000 Davao del Sur] 
Famous for being visited by Davao’s Mayor, Sara Duterte-Carpio, Mikki’s lechon had made news and had been claimed to be “the best there is in the city” according to a review on their facebook page by the Mayor herself. Established in 2007, a decade into the business now, they have proven to be able to compete with the more established lechon houses that have started the industry. They also offer free delivery service which definitely boosts their competitive stand.

9. GNG boneless lechon [St. Peter, 8000 Davao City]
Another of the smaller businesses to look out for, GNG boneless lechon offers delivery service to satisfied customers. It is a good initiative for a smaller business to bring orders to their customers as the competition of lechon houses in Davao is very tight.

10. DJC Lechon Haus by Felmart Lechon[J.P. Laurel Ave, Poblacion District, Davao City, Davao del Sur, Philippines]
A quaint lechon house in Poblacion District, this place serves delicious lechon to neighbors. According to customers, their lechon sells out fast, therefore, it must be delicious and something to look out for.

The number of lechon houses in Davao has been growing consistently since the establishment of their pioneer brands like Naty’s Lechon. It has been difficult to say which one of them is really “the best lechon house in Davao” because of all the different types of lechon and services each of them offers. There might be smaller businesses that don’t get much recognition because of their location and there might be some that are still slowly working their way towards the top. Nevertheless, we can expect that Davao will produce a lot more delicious lechon houses that will increase the standards of our taste buds and will get us wanting more Davao lechon.

The list is helpful but not a definitive guide to lechon houses that are gaining popularity in Davao. Surely, more lechon houses will emerge and get noticed for their own take at a flavorful piece of lechon. Lechon houses that have already established themselves might grow even more and maybe get franchised in different parts of Davao. Eventually, a new list of top 10s won’t be enough to guide us to our discovery of “the best lechon house in Davao”. If you are a true lechon-lover, you will know that Davao lechon is already one of the best, despite where and which part of the city it comes from.

It is great to discover and know more about the different mix of flavors and unique tastes each lechon house is able to promote. It gives us food lovers more of an appreciation for process it takes to cook a meal rather than the brand of the food or where it came from.  

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