It may look like a humble eatery from the outside but this hitoan in Mintal, Davao serves really delicious good ol’ deep fried crispy catfish…and did I mention that the price is very affordable? Aside from the mouthwatering crispy catfish (hito), they also serve native chicken tinola and vegetable dishes and their bestselling buko-melon halo-halo but, of course, you come here for the hito.
Trust me, with all the many vehicles parked outside Dendave Ihaw-Ihaw and Hitoan, they’ve already mastered the crispy deep fried catfish dish. For a kilo of already cooked hito (4 pieces), I only paid Php 310.00 (US $6). I don’t know about you but to me that’s a steal!
We try to drop by Dendave hitoan Mintal whenever we travel from either Cagayan de Oro or Bukidnon to Davao or vice versa. Service is fast and friendly and if you’re a “cowgirl” just like me, you’ll love the no-fuss, no-frills vibe.
Native chicken tinola
Their bestselling buko-melon halo-halo
As you can see, it’s a humble eatery but a lot of locals and tourists alike come here. It’s also clean and they have handwashing and comfort room facilities. Interestingly, there are other hitoan places within the vicinity but it’s obvious that Dendave Ihaw-Ihaw Mintal Davao hitoan receives the most customers every time we’re there.
So the next time you find yourself traversing the Davao-Bukidnon road, try to drop by this hitoan in Davao. Check out the map below: (address on Google is 4FHJ+448, Davao-Bukidnon Rd, Tugbok, Davao City, Davao del Sur, Philippines)
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