The Go-To Guide for the Best Buttermilk Chicken in Metro Manila


Listen to that crisp.

Name one dish that reminds you of your childhood: we’ll bet our last peso that most of you answered fried chicken. In this post we listed the best places to score mouthwatering, crispy buttermilk chicken that’s sure to take you back to your carefree days.

Don’t forget to order extra gravy!

Also check out this month's Top 10 Most Loved Restaurants in Metro Manila

FAT – Burgos Circle

FAT Restaurant by Locavore Chef Mikel Zaguirre offers comfort food prepared using the techniques of French cooking, wherein fat is used to bring out the maximum flavor of a dish. Read our full feature here.

Also read: 10 New and Underrated Restaurants in Burgos Circle, Taguig

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Forbes Town Center, 29th St cor Rizal Dr, Burgos Circle, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig
(02) 834-8600

Milky & Sunny – Legazpi Village

Milky & Sunny offers all-day breakfast meals and comfort food ranging from soup to pasta. They also offer beer of almost all kind – local, foreign and craft.

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G/F Eton Parkview Greenbelt Bldg, Gamboa St, Legazpi Village, Makati
(02) 621-1178

The Bowery – Forbeswood Heights

The Bowery is a 24-hour hot spot for some of the best musical talents in Manila.  It’s by the same group behind Borough, so you know its NYC-inspired food is on point too. Try their buttermilk fried chicken and waffles, which comes with sage white gravy and maple syrup.

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Forbeswood Heights, Forbes Town Center, Burgos Circle, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig
(0936) 929-6073

Fat Daddy’s Smokehouse – UP Town Center

Fat Daddy’s Smokehouse is a Southern USA-inspired smokehouse and barbecue restaurant made to perfectly satisfy your comfort food cravings. It is the passion project of four siblings who share a love for all things smoked and grilled. Aside from their buttermilk chicken, they also serve buttermilk fried livers if you’re up for a unique experience. 

Also read: 11 Places to Get Tender Slow-Smoked BBQ in Metro Manila
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G/F Phase 1, UP Town Center, Katipunan Ave, Diliman, Quezon City
‎‎(02) 225-0697

Kettle – various branches

Perhaps this list was born out of admiration for this signature bestseller. Kettle is a homegrown American-style restaurant that’s part of the same group behind Tender Bob’s and Fireside by Kettle. Their famous buttermilk fried chicken is served with a side of cornbread, country gravy, and cajun honey. 

Insider tip: Their servings are usually good for two or three people. Come hungry!
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Cops & Robbers – Xavier St.

Cops & Robbers is a modern jail-themed cafeteria located right in front of Xavier School’s Sports Complex. It offers modern cafeteria comfort food–such as pizza, sandwiches, pasta and rice bowls–that are priced affordably for students served by staff in police uniform. Aside from a cafeteria, it is also a small grocery selling snacks, candies, and even toys!

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G/F 81 Xavier St., Greenhills, San Juan
+63 2 532-8181

Main Street – Kapitolyo

Main Street, named after one of Vancouver’s districts, is a casual Canadian diner that serves poutine, pulled pork rice bowl, shepherd’s pie, and more. Their bestseller here is the 3 pcs. buttermilk fried chicken that can also come in solo meal or platter.

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10 East Capitol Dr, Kapitolyo, Pasig
(02) 330 2478

Fireside by Kettle – various branches

Fireside is Kettle’s sister restaurant that offers comfort food in a casual, homey ambiance. Their menu includes Buttermilk Chicken Fingers, Salmon Gravlax Tartar and a selection of desserts like their Fireside homemade doughnuts and homemade s’mores.

Fun fact: What sets their buttermilk chicken apart from its counterpart at Kettle is its batter so it's a totally different experience!
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Beeffalo by Hot Rocks – multiple branches

Beeffalo by Hotrocks offers affordable flame-grilled steaks, ribs, and other grill favorites. They also serve biscuit pizza, pasta and salad.

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Flossom Kitchen + Cafe – Sta. Lucia

They may have just opened, but Flossom Kitchen + Cafe is already becoming a favorite in the San Juan area. They mainly offer all-day breakfast (as well as salads, pastries, and coffee) but  they’ll soon be adding charcuterie boards and wines to their menu. Flossom’s Buttermilk Chicken consists of two herb-crusted chicken thighs, Cajun rice, coleslaw, and bacon gravy. It’s also served with maple syrup on the side for those who look for the balance of that sweet and salty combination. 

Update: Top 10 Most Loved Restaurants in San Juan for December 2017

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187 N. Averilla St, Sta. Lucia, San Juan
(02) 238-5857

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