October 23, 2015

DAVAO TRAVEL DIARY: Lyndon's Worst Ribs and Awful Chicken

Life is full of many first times and we have to be open for these new experiences and events in our lives. On the third week of August 2015, I was able to experience another “first time” in my life – be a solo traveler! I was scared and excited at the same to be honest, but a lot of women have been doing it for years and they have been successful at it. Well, for my first time to be a solo traveler, I went to one of the world’s safest city in the world: Davao City.

I was blessed to be able to fly for free because of the flight voucher I received from Cebu Pacific when our flight from Manila to Cebu was cancelled and we were transferred to another flight. I had only 6 months to use it so I booked it on the third week of August; little did I know those dates were the dates for the Kidayawan Festival in Davao City which I learned only a week before my flight. I got excited with the thought of actually attending a well-known local festival, but unfortunately I was not able to see it up close and personal and only from the hotel’s TV feed. It was very hot that weekend in Davao City, a lot of people were in the place where the street dance was being held and it was kind of traffic around that part of town. So I ended up skipping watching the Kidayawan street dances. But you know that there are festivities going on because my flight was full and there are also many tourists in Davao.

I’m baffled every time people learn that I am alone on that trip when many other tourists have been roaming around the world alone, and Davao City is a major Philippine destination and for sure many solo travelers had gone that route as well. I learned quite a bit from being a first time solo traveler. For one, it’s much more expensive since you need to shoulder all the bills and have no one to split it up with. It was ok though; I’ve prepared and saved up for this trip and have a set budget already. You have lesser photos of yourself in all the places you’ve visited. I didn’t bring a selfie stick with me (I was kinda shy to bring one actually) and I’m not good at taking selfies. Thank God for nice random strangers, hotel and restaurant staff and guards who willingly took photos of me. But it was ok, I was able to appreciate more of the places I visited and focused less on taking photos of myself which I have had so much in my previous trips. This made me appreciate more the places I’ve been to, the food I ate (which was a lot!) and the people I met. I also was carefree with time; I would leave and go back to the hotel whenever I want to. I don’t have to wait for other people and waste time and bargain in deciding where to go and where to eat.

I learned a couple of words from the local dialect too! Travelling solo wasn’t so scary or lonely after all, like others think it would be. I also got to practice independence and courage; I didn’t worry if my itinerary wasn’t followed or if I got lost. But of course to be on the safe side, I always message my family as to where I am currently located or tell the hotel staff where I am going. I would love to do it again actually and go to more unfamiliar places. Well maybe, who knows…

Lyndon's Worst Ribs and Awful Chicken
After my day trip at Pearl farm Beach Resort, I went straight back to where I was staying and dropped off my stuff. I was actually feeling quite lazy to go out that night since I had a long day. I realized though that it was my last night in Davao and I haven't visited some of the places in my itinerary yet. So I called the front desk and asked to call me a cab.

My destination that night was this well known and home grown restaurant in Roxas Avenue at downtown Poblacion District: Lyndon's World's Worst Ribs and Awful Chicken. Such a catchy name for a restaurant right? (But a long one too LOL!) But I think it was just very clever because people will get curious and they would try and they would know it is the opposite. That’s what Lyndon’s is about. They are playing a trick on your mind actually.

Even the other items in their menu are also given unique names that might seem to discourage you to order like Lyla’s Awful Chicken, etc. Very good marketing strategy if you ask me.

I was there on a Sunday night and since the Night Market in Roxas Blvd was open plus it was Kidayawan weekend, the place was jam-packed! Good thing a table outside was vacated so I hurriedly sat in one of the chairs. I would be honest when I say I was kind of regretted the fact that I was solo travelling because I could only choose to eat just one of their best sellers. But what the heck, the ribs is what this place was known for so that’s what I ordered. I got the 400g ribs and that cost me only PHP180!

The service was fast although I had to call out the servers couple of times for additional things that I need like extra sauce and my iced tea. But it was acceptable as there we too many diners that time that even the tables outside the restaurant were occupied.

The ribs were super tender and the fat kind of melts in your mouth. I like it better than Rack’s or Bannaple’s. The sauce wasn't too sweet and the fat portion of the meat wouldn’t make you cease eating it.  No “umay” factor!

I was actually having double thoughts if I should go out that night since I was a bit tired from my escapade at Pearl Farm Beach Resort. I was happy I resisted the feeling because if I hadn’t I would not be able to try the world’s worst ribs! And the prices are cheap too compared to other restaurants that serve ribs. Too bad they only have a branch in Davao. But hey, at least I have another reason to go back to Davao and maybe next time with a couple of friends and then I can finally try their other offerings.

Lyndon's World's Worst Ribs and Awful Chicken  
740 Roxas Ave. Poblacion District
Davao City, Philippines
Contact No: (082) 221 1381, 09228637123

Read more of my Davao 2015 trip: 
- DAVAO 2015 TRAVEL DIARY: Be-ing Resort House
- DAVAO 2015 TRAVEL DIARY: Luz Kinilaw
- DAVAO 2015 TRAVEL DIARY: Aldevinco Shopping Center 
- DAVAO 2015 TRAVEL DIARY: Karlo's Gourmet and Coffee at Jack's Ridge
- DAVAO 2015 TRAVEL DIARY: Pearl Farm Beach Resort - Marina and Parola
- DAVAO 2015 TRAVEL DIARY: Pearl Farm Beach Resort
- DAVAO 2015 TRAVEL DIARY: Pearl Farm Beach Resort - The Infinity Pool
- DAVAO 2015 TRAVEL DIARY: Pearl Farm Beach Resort - Malipano Island
- DAVAO 2015 TRAVEL DIARY: Pearl Farm Beach Resort - Maranao Restaurant 
- DAVAO 2015 TRAVEL DIARY: Pearl Farm Beach Resort - Butik and Mandaya Weaving
- DAVAO 2015 TRAVEL DIARY: Lyndon's Worst Ribs and Awful Chicken
- DAVAO 2015 TRAVEL DIARY: Bankerohan Public Market
- DAVAO 2015 TRAVEL DIARY: Roxas Boulevard Night Market
- DAVAO 2015 TRAVEL DIARY: Green Coffee at Marfori Heights
- DAVAO 2015 TRAVEL DIARY: Lachi's Sans Rival

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