Best Places to Eat Lechon in Cebu

Get to know more about Cebuano culture by tasting the famous lechon in Cebu.

When talking about Cebu, one would also think about the food. Cebuanos are proud of their cuisine. In fact, Cebu’s hotels and other establishments related to the food industry often conduct expositions and culinary events that feature the different cuisine of Cebuanos—from larang (a seafood favorite) to lechon in Cebu (the “best pig ever” according to Anthony Bourdain).

Lechon is originally from Spain and has been adopted by different countries that they have colonized. The term is derived from the Spanish word that means “suckling pig.” The process of roasting is not easy. The suckling pig skewered in a bamboo pole will be rotated over charcoal for hours until cooked. However, the backbreaking task did not become a problem but only more so defined the Cebuano culture.

Lechon has been part of the lives of Cebuanos. Birthdays, feasts, weddings, graduations—basically in any event that deserves a celebration, there is a lechon on the table. People who have the resources needed to cook lechon can do the process in their own homes. But to those who do not and are craving for the dish, they rely on places that serve lechon in Cebu:

Leslie’s Lechon

Many have not known that Talisay City started its lechon industry in 1940 through the hard work of Susana Enjambre, also known as Nanay Sana. Her humble beginnings made history and became the pride of Talisay City. Her legacy lives on in her children, grandchildren, and even in-laws.

The famous Leslie’s Lechon is owned and managed by Nanay Sana’s daughter-in-law, Leslie Enjambre. The establishment’s history and reputation of having the best lechon gained widespread popularity that it was featured in Netflix’s Street Food: Asia.

Inspired by Nanay Sana, more lechon shops have opened in Talisay, which have also helped a lot in the city’s tourism. Although the popularity of the city’s lechon is roaring, its goal to be named Lechon Capital of Cebu is still in the works. Every year in October, a festival called Halad Inasal is held to celebrate the origins of lechon in Cebu.

Rico’s Lechon

Cebu’s favorite lechon restaurant has been making waves in the food industry. Although the founder, Enrico “Rico” Dionson, began selling lechon in 1997, he started gaining popularity when former president Joseph Estrada chose him to cater for a party in Malacañang.

Rico’s accomplishments in the lechon business lead to greater success not only in Cebu but also in Metro Manila. He was able to build three branches in Cebu and five in Manila.

The accolades are not exclusive in the Philippines. In 2019’s Stevie Awards, Rico’s Lechon bagged Company of the Year, PR Campaign of the Year, and Entrepreneur of the Year for Food and Beverage (medium-size category).

The restaurant offers meals of spicy and original flavors of lechon, perfectly paired with Rico’s homemade sauce, Sukalami. For groups and big events, Rico’s Lechon also sells whole lechon with a price range of US$89 to US$254.

CnT Lechon

Established in 1988, CnT Lechon also has humble beginnings and is proudly Cebuano. Catherine and Norman started the business by selling lechon to their neighbors. Word got out, and after a decade, different branches of CnT Lechon have been built.

Despite the long queue in every branch, especially on weekends, the people still crowd the place. The taste and the crispiness of the lechon skin is worth the wait. This is why in every list of best places to eat lechon in Cebu, CnT Lechon is always one of them.

Cebu’s Original Lechon Belly

The best part of lechon is the belly because that is where the spices are stuffed. In restaurants in Cebu that serve lechon, this portion is the first to run out because this is what people ask for as long as it is available. Good thing there’s a place where you will always have a chance to eat the belly part of lechon.

In Cebu’s Original Lechon Belly, as the name suggests, you will be able to enjoy only pork belly, and it is even better because it will be served without the bones. With the deboning process of the establishment, you can be assured that what you will be eating is pure meat.

The history of the establishment is actually a breakthrough in Cebu’s food industry. In 2011, Marlon Gochan conceptualized this technique of cooking pork and was approved by the Department of Trade and Industry in 2012.

Cebu’s Original Lechon Belly has restaurants and food stalls in Cebu and Manila. It can also be found in some hotels, like Maxwell Hotel, a budget-friendly hotel in Cebu. The establishment indeed continues to spread the goodness of Cebu lechon belly and Cebuanos’ innovativeness.

Carcar Lechon

Carcar takes pride in being one of the producers of not only the best chicharon (fried pork rinds, which is also a famous street food in Cebu) but also the best lechon in Cebu. The dish is somewhat associated with the city because when one thinks of going to Carcar, he would also think of having a lechon meal.

Lechon places are rampant in Carcar, but there is actually no need to find a specific place. Just drop by the city’s public market. If other markets greet you with vegetables and raw meat, in Carcar, you will be welcomed by rows of lechon.

The calls of the vendors can be overwhelming, but you will enjoy roaming around looking for a place to eat as you get a free taste at every stall. When you dine in or order takeaway, you will notice a saucy lechon served to you because they pour lechon drippings on it, which makes Carcar lechon tastier and more famous.

The best lechon restaurant in Cebu is determined depending on your preference. But wherever you go on the island for your next food trip, lechon in Cebu is a meal that you should never miss.

Other posts

Cebu Sinulog Festival

Generally, Filipinos never fail to observe festivals, and Cebu takes theirs to the next level. After celebrating New Year’s Eve, Cebuanos participate in a monthlong celebration in honor of Sto. Niño. This is the renowned Sinulog festival. Held every third Sunday of January, the Sinulog festival is celebrated by dancing,

Read More
Three colorful chairs at the shore of the Mactan Newtown Beach

Experience Mactan Newtown Beach and Its Soothing Waters

Lapu-Lapu City has many beautiful beaches. Its numerous resorts and island hopping activities have made waves all throughout Cebu. One of its most famous is located in the city’s premier business center. With a good location, budget friendly rates, and a ton of exciting activities, Mactan Newtown Beach is a

Read More
Charlie's Cup, the Newest Balamban Tourist Spot

Charlie’s Cup, the Newest Balamban Tourist Spot to Visit!

Charlie’s Cup is a cafe in Cebu that offers a cool and refreshing vibe thanks to its cliffside location. The Cebu Transcentral Highway (TCH) has become one of the island’s best spots to check out the newest and most interesting cafes and restaurants with breathtaking views. The long, winding road

Read More
SM Seaside shopping mall’s famous cube

Where to Go for the Ultimate Shopping Experience in Cebu

Enjoy shopping in Cebu on your next visit. Shopping in Cebu is at another level. Anywhere you are in the metropolis, make no mistake that a shopping mall is just around the corner. Whether you are looking to buy souvenirs, shirts, accessories, or food, shopping malls in Cebu have it

Read More
The Cebu City Hall, the venue for the celebration of the Cebu City Charter Day

Cebu City Charter Day

Cebu City Charter Day commemorates another year of Cebu being considered a city. While the world recognizes February for Valentine’s Day and different concepts of love, Cebu City, the Visayan region’s Queen City of the South, embraces its cityhood, heritage, people, and economic growth within the same month. The 24th

Read More
Sinigang, a popular Filipino comfort food

Discovering Filipino Comfort Food

Try any of these Filipino comfort food when you’re feeling under the weather. When you’re feeling down in the dumps or a little under the weather, there is always that one dish that your mother makes that would always perk you up. There are also those types of meals and

Read More

FOLLOW US ON INSTAGRAM

TO FIND YOUR TRAVEL DESTINATION

Cebu Insights Logo (Island)-03-03

Seeking to learn more about Cebuano culture, or wanting to know what to do once you arrive, Cebu Insights is the travel guide for you in Cebu!

Contact Us

See other Articles

Here’s Why Cebu Road Trips Are Always Fun and Memorable

Most Cebuanos love going on road trips all around Cebu. Cebu is a haven for road trips. Traveling to the many tourist spots in the countryside – whether north or south – includes getting to witness other breathtaking attractions that make the journey all the more worthwhile. Though road trips

Feast on Filipino Street Food at Carbon’s Sunday Market

The Sunday Market at Carbon offers a long list of scrumptious Filipino street food. A new Carbon Market has arrived, bringing a fun food park aesthetic that everyone in Cebu has come to love. This much anticipated revamp aims to make the oldest market in Cebu an even more stellar

Cebu Province Junks Face Masks for Both Locals and Tourists

Those traveling within Cebu province are no longer required to wear face masks when outdoors. You will begin to see fewer people wearing face masks in the towns within Cebu Province. The Cebu Provincial Government has removed face mask protocols in open and well-ventilated spaces in areas under different districts

Lantaw SRP Opens to the Public since Typhoon Odette

You can now visit the iconic restaurant known as Lantaw SRP at IL Corso. Typhoon Odette will go down in history as one of the worst storms to hit Cebu. Residents endured a scarcity of water and electricity for several weeks, and more than a few tourist spots and restaurants

How You Can Get Free Rides on Jeepneys and Buses in Cebu

The national government is letting passengers avail free rides on jeepneys and buses. Want to hitch a free ride to the city? Public transportation may be dirt cheap, but what if you don’t have to pay at all? What if you could get on modernized jeepneys or buses without worrying

Chateau de Busay | A Serene Ambiance for Social Gatherings

Chateau de Busay is a popular venue for social gatherings, especially weddings. Chateau de Busay hosts some of the most extravagant wedding receptions in Cebu. It uses its peaceful ambiance and high-end facilities to create a one-of-a-kind experience, which is made possible due to its location in the mountains of

Scroll to Top