Johanna’s Grille – Batangas’ Best Baby Back Ribs!

Categories: Gastronomy;

We all know that when it comes to the food business, if you don’t get the food right the first time, you’re basically setting yourself up for ruin.  On the flip-side, if you hit gold with a recipe and let a customer base know about it soon enough, you can definitely make it.  And last.

Take the example of Johanna’s Grille.  What started out as a very small shack has now expanded to a full-time restaurant offering a lot of no-nonsense grilled and sizzling food. Even the venue is no-frills.  The interiors are simple but they do have these native capiz windows that add a nice touch to the place.

Their specialty?  BABY BACK RIBS.  Oh, yes.  It’s meat-off-the-bone tender but still really flavorful.  It’s like all the hickory flavor’s been injected into the meat.  They top each serving with a generous amount of their barbecue sauce and add corn on the side.  Most likely they pre-cook the meat and just grill it to finish the cooking and seal in the flavor. Definitely value for money.  Imagine a full slab of baby back ribs for just P200!!!  Winner!

I know someone who describes his experience with the ribs as “tear-jerkingly good.”

Here are other items on the menu that are worth trying.

Lechon kawali that’s deep fried to crunchy goodness, served with atchara and Mang Tomas.

I like their lengua.  It’s served on a sizzling plate, swimming in the cream sauce with lots of mushrooms.  The sisig was okay also but I’m more a fan of the crunchy kind that’s sinfully slathered with egg and/ or mayo (but I still ate a lot of it). 😀

I don’t care if it takes me 2 hours to get to Bauan, Batangas if it means I can help myself to more of the ribs.  While I have taken home a full slab already, nothing beats the real deal.

Johanna’s Grille is located at Brgy. Manghinao Proper, Bauan, Batangas.  Take the street across from Bauan Doctor’s Hospital (near the bridge going to Mabini).  Johanna’s should be on your right.  This could be a great stop for those who frequent the area especially on the way to Anilao.  Bauan is the town before it.

And once you’ve tried it, let me know how it was like for you. 🙂

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  1. iamfreefall says:

    awts. ‘been there and i super love their babyback ribs!

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  3. Ray Reyes says:

    I will never stop promoting this place. Do share this page on your Facebook sites so that we can keep this place alive 🙂 (And hopefully, they earn enough money to start opening branches everywhere to spread the goodness 😀 ) !!!

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  5. now im drooling 😀

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  7. Carlo says:

    Looks nice. Anyone knows how I can contact them? Thanks. 🙂

    • lynne says:

      Hi Carlo. I don’t have any contact details for Jonathan Diaz, the owner of Johanna’s Grille. The next time we get the chance to eat there, we’ll try to find out. 🙂

      It’s a nice and simple place. You should try it some time.

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    Hi, great writeup! I linked to your post right here:
    Hope you don’t mind (I didn’t take any image).

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  13. leypascua says:

    I was just here last Saturday and am glad to say that they have sustained the quality they always had. Really wishing that more locals will come to appreciate Bauan’s own rising gastronomical scene.

    Harley D. Pascua
    Pascua’s Freestyle Kitchen – Bauan, Batangas

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  15. john says:

    after 10 yrs living in batangas we only just ow found johannas grill.. must be the best kept secret of all , because we eat ribs all over the area and never heard of it. there isnt any real word of mouth advertising here. to say we were and are delighted is a understatement. we wet to johannas in bat city and are now planning a trip to the bauan location for another delicious meal.

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