It was a Sunday afternoon when we dropped by for a taste of Louisiana-style cooking at Cottage Kitchen in Angeles City and it was empty save for just one other customer. It’s not because the food isn’t good. Far from it. It’s probably because it’s the lean season plus the overcast conditions made it conducive for diners to just stay home. Not us, since we were having a foodtrip in Angeles. We didn’t mind getting the undivided attention of the friendly staff who welcome the banter.
Lagal[og] says: The place feels more like a home than a restaurant though this home has a wall lined with pictures of Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong and other jazz and blues heavyweights. The music could’ve completed the ambience save for the fact that the staff used to play jazz and blues but observed that the music alienated some patrons. Guess you can’t have everything. But the food was a superb saving grace.
Ironwulf says: Their Cajun Blackened Angus Steak is a must-try. The meat may look singed but every bite reveals an explosion of flavors and spices. The secret is no secret: the 12 spices and real butter used in cooking. If you’re not sure what to order, the Barbecue Combination Plate offers a hefty portion of chicken, beef and falling-off the bone tender, smoky spare ribs.
Lagal[og] says: We were served warm bread with homemade butter — the kind that seems unapologetically full of butterfat. It was a good indication of tasty things to come. And when our orders came, it was well worth the wait. We wanted to sample the different barbecues on offer so we ordered the sampler. The Baby Back Ribs easily stands out with all the cliche adjectives I can think of at the moment — falling-off the bone tender with a smoky, robust flavor. I later read that the meat is never boiled or steamed so it must be the patient basting and grilling that lend it its tenderness and flavor. There were four of us at the table and towards the end of the meal, it seems the thought of putting the leftover delicious sauce to good use was on everyone’s mind. It’s that good. Maybe next time, we’ll try the Jambalaya for another Louisiana-style foodtrip.
582 Don Juico Ave., Clarkview,
Balibago, Angeles City
(63) 45 832599 / (63) 45 3223366