Jo’s Chicken Inato – Grilled Chicken Has Never Tasted So Good!

It seems like when I travel I’m always thinking with my stomach. Where will I eat next? What should I have? Where will I go next? Is the food good there? What do the locals eat? And so on… Maybe I only travel for my stomach. They say that the lower intestines have as many nerve endings as the brain so it’s possible that many of us are actually led around by our innards LOL.

Jo's Chicken Inato
Jo’s Chicken Inato

One of the things my innards have found to be truly enjoyable is Chicken Inato. You can find it throughout Davao and other Cities in the Philippines but the place to get it is really Dumaguete City on the island of Negros. Negros is an island that bears exploring, huge waterfalls, amazing festivities, beautiful beaches, two provinces, a huge diversity in population, religion, and of course in cuisine!

Grilled Spareribs
Grilled Spareribs

Along with fellow travel and food bloggers from Manila, CDO, GenSan and Davao, we visited one of the branches of Jo’s Chicken Inato in Davao City as part of our Davao Food Appreciation Tour. You can find seafood, international food, burgers, and what you want but what I always order is the Chicken Inato, specifically at Jo’s in Davao City. This is the ultimate in barbecue chicken delight. Get the chicken, eat it with your hands, and let your stomach whisper sweet nothings to you into the wee hours of the night. With more than forty choices on the menu (I didn’t actually count but there were at least that many) I can go back to Joe’s again and again and again and again…and guess what? I do.

Chicken Inato
Chicken Inato

But I haven’t told you the best part yet. Usually when you get something delicious it is normally expensive but a quarter cut of chicken at Joes will cost you less than 70 pesos! There is something amazing about the crispy barbecued chicken skin too that makes my mouth water as I think about it. By the way, Inato is Dumaguete’s version of Bacolod’s famous Inasal. Both are obviously chicken barbeque but Inato is grilled without the yellow chicken oil and it uses sweet barbeque marinade.

I was told there are now franchises all over the country, in fact JO’s Chicken Inato already has branches in the cities of Dumaguete, Iloilo, Bacolod, Mandaue and Cebu City, Tagbilaran, Cagayan de Oro, General Santos, Butuan, Ormoc, Tacloban, Roxas, Quezon City, Dipolog, Palawan, Osamis and Davao.  Every JO’s outlet is special with its own feastive hometown ambiance and serves up only the best.

I have to admit, I wish there were one back home for me to go to.

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