Cajun/Southern/Filipino Breakfast

Biscuits & Gravy @ Cottage Kitchen Cafe

During World War II, Jim was stationed in Angeles, Philippines. When the war ended, most of his friends returned to their homes in the US. But not this man. He did not return to his native Louisiana, but rather decided to bring a piece of Americana to the service men who continued to run missions in this part of the world.

His answer was to open a restaurant serving authentic Cajun food to military personnel and Westerners that visit the area around Clark Air Force Base. While some Filipinos eat here, my guess is 90% of the customers are foreigners.

Each time I trek to this part of the Philippines, I must visit the Cottage Kitchen Cafe. The biscuits and gravy (which are served all day) could rival any famous family recipe. Cottage Kitchen is up there with Bubba Gump's, Texas Roadhouse, and Krispy Kreme doughnuts as my favorite places to eat in the world simply because of the story behind it and the unique setting. Check out more info about the Cottage Kitchen here.

I know biscuits and gravy are not traditional Cajun food. It fits more into the "Southern Goodness" category. But breakfast is not the only thing served. I have also had jambalaya, gumbo, etouffee, and many other Cajun dishes that were each memorable. The best part about the restaurant is the price. You could order larger portions of everything I have mentioned in this post and still spend less than $20.

Next time you visit the Philippines, do yourself a favor (not health wise but you know what I mean) and stop by Cottage Kitchen Cafe near SM Clark.

Bryan Clifton

Oklahoma City, OK