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10 Must-Try Eats That'll Make Your La Union Trip More Memorable

I’m not saying you and your friends have to eat here, but you HAVE to eat here.
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La Union is on every twentysomething's road trip bucket list. Whether you’re in it for the waves, the partying, or just the vibe away from the city, the long drive to this surf spot is a must. But La Union isn’t all just for catching waves, getting a tan, or taking that content for your social media. It also boasts good beachside grub that you can’t find anywhere else in the metro. We list down unique eats that will, no doubt, make you go back to LU for more.

  1. Sabong Fried Chicken

    Location: The Great Northwest Philippine Travel Stop & Viewing Deck, San Juan, La Union
    For the best fried chicken in town, look no further. This “Baddest Beach Bird” is here to satisfy your finger lickin’ good cravings. Their signature fried chicken is double-fried to give that satisfying crunch before you sink your teeth into the juicy goodness. What makes them stand out from your regular chicken is that they’re saucin’ up their chicken with your choice of Honey Bagoong, Korean Soy, Chick’n Morty (P220). But if you like to keep things simple, the Elyu Original (P180) served with banana ketchup.

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  2. Barefoot

    Location: Monaliza Surf Resort, San Juan, La Union
    Dig in to a Manong Benny (P160) which is basically your classic eggs benedict, elyu style. Don’t forget to add bacon (+P40) because what’s breakfast without bacon? For something other than the usual, the Shakshouka (P160) will turn you into a meat-free convert. The mix of tomatoes, poached eggs, eggplant, and cheese, will have you wiping that bowl clean.

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  3. Olas Banditos

    Location: National Highway, Brgy. Urbiztondo, San Juan, La Union
    Add some spice to your beach trip at this Mexican Taqueria where Taco Tuesdays is an everyday thing. They have a complete menu, from tacos to burritos to nachos, so you’re sure to get your Mexican fix. Chow down on a Filipino burrito, the Ilocos Norte Burrito (P250) or a Chicken Flauta (P130) for something with a little bit more crunch. Wash it down with an Horchata (P90), or get boozy with their Margarita (P350). Salud!

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  4. Mad Monkey’s

    Location: Brgy. Urbiztondo, Manila, North Road, San Juan, La Union
    Everybody loves a good burger and Mad Monkey’s serves only the juiciest meat patties in Surftownthe daily crowd speaks for itself. This humble shop takes pride in their gooey Cheddar Beer sauce that comes with all burgers. The Classic (P210) is a 100 percent beef patty, topped with locally-sourced lettuce and their famous cheddar beer sauce, all comfortably nestled in between a soft sesame bun, is for the burger purist, while the Smokey BBQ Bacon Burger (P295) is perfect for those who like it sweet and spicy (*wink emoji*). 

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  5. Papa Bear

    Location: The Great Northwest Philippines Travel Stop, National Highway, Brgy. Urbiztondo, San Juan, La Union
    Get your post-surf grub in this Asian-themed smokehouse that serves your favorite Thai and Singaporean dishes. The Sambal Pork (P250) is a crowd pleaser with their fork-tender pork belly, sambal, sous vide egg, and greens over a warm bowl of rice, or get it over some noods with the Char Kway Teow (P320).

  6. Masa Bakehouse

    Location: San Roberto St., San Juan, La Union
    The team behind Masa ups the food game in La Union by bringing freshly baked (with love) and quality bread to Elyu to #StopBadBread. Their best seller, a European doughnut called Berliners (P50/pc), is filled with your choice of pastry cream, ube jam, or dulce de leche, whatever your heart desires when you smell the freshly baked Bagets (P50) and Pan Marangya (P270) as you stroll by. Don’t forget to pair your bread with a cup of coffee by #TasaSaMasa.

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  7. El Union

    Location: Urbiztondo, 2514 San Juan, La Union
    El Union is no stranger to people who frequent La Union. They have been making waves (see what we did there? *wink*) as one of the best coffee shops for pre- or post-surf or simply to hang back with friends over a good cup of Dirty Horchata (P150) paired with Indoor Smores (P160). I mean, did you really go to LU if you didn’t get a cup at El Union?

  8. Gefseis

    Location: National Highway, Barangay Urbiztondo, San Juan, La Union
    This authentic Greek spot is a laid back, casual spot for beach goers who are looking for something filling, delicious, and affordable. What makes them appealing to beachgoers is that their price point is approachable and easy and on the pocket for most even with their extensive menu. Order the Saganaki Cheese (P150) or fried Greek cheese, the owner’s recommendation, to start and a Souvlaki Wrap (P120-170) or Kebab Platter (P400) to share (or not, we won’t judge!) paired with a refreshing Banana Yogurt Shake (P160) because what’s a trip to the beach without a fruit shake in hand, right?

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  9. Surf Shack

    Location: National Highway, Barangay Urbiztondo, San Juan, La Union
    At the heart of surftown, food and music meet at this go-to spot. Best known for their out-of-the-oridinary pizzas, the place is a hot spot for surfers who like their craft beers and bar chow like the famous Mommy Lu’s Gourmet Tuyo (P308), topped with tuyo with caramelized onions and drizzled with honey. The Bacnotan (P278), a brick oven pizza with longganisa and egg, is also worth mentioning as a popular dish to order while chugging a beer or two. 

  10. Clean Beach

    Location: 134 Beachfront, MacArthur Highway,, Brgy. Urbiztondo, San Juan, 2514 La Union
    Just by its name, this local cafe is an advocacy on its own by protecting the La Union beach and keeping it garbage-free. What makes this cafe even more charming is their IG-worthy interiors and quality cups of coffee. Grab a Kaya Toast (P150) for something light or their specialty, F.C.S. (P160) for something more filling. Stay well-caffeinated with their Pour Over (P140) as you might decide to grab a #BeachBasket and do a mini beach clean up yourself. 

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