Cebu City food trip: Tagala Chicken Butterfly
Tagala Chicken Butterfly in Cebu City serves deep fried chicken that tastes similar or even better than what your favorite fastfood chain may have been offering. Simply said, their chicken is crispy on the outside but surprisingly tender, flavorful and juicy on the inside. The best part of course is that the price of each portion is cheaper than that of a popular value meal.
I don’t know as to when this humble eatery first opened. But I remember that my senior colleagues at my previous company have been loyal patrons of Tagala since their college days. It is for that same reason why I was dragged one lunch time in 2006 to the branch in front of the University of San Carlos in Talamban. Since then, I lost count as to the number of times I found myself patiently queuing at this store for my regular Tagala fix.
Aside from its affordability and home-cooked taste, what probably keeps the students and former students alike, returning to Tagala are their sauces or dips – one is spicy while the other is sweet. Either option is a perfect companion to a freshly fried chicken portion and pieces of pusô (hanging rice). A bottle of cold softdrink caps this simple meal.
It is interesting to note that Tagala Chicken Butterfly has managed to stay afloat despite the presence of similar establishments beside it. It will continue serving its delicious deep fried chicken, as long as its growing number of patrons would continue to troop to this humble eatery either for an affordable and delicious meal or just for good time’s sake.
And from the looks of it, this little chicken eatery will be here to stay for a long, long time.
As of 2017, Tagala Chicken Butterfly now has 4 branches in Cebu – near Cebu Doctor University Hospital, USC-TC, USJR and Arlington.
For inquiries: https://www.facebook.com/tagalachicken/