We know that the only way to get to know a place and its people is to experience/taste their local foods.
The Azores are known for their variety of meals and local delicacies. To help you decide, we suggest some characteristic and popular items to try while visiting the island and some restaurants where you can experience these delicacies.
"Cozido das Furnas"
Famous for the way it is made, this is one of the most emblematic dishes of São Miguel. Although similar to the "Cozido à Portuguesa” (with some different ingredients), the Cozido das Furnas is best known for the way it is prepared: underground in the fumaroles of Furnas, which produces its characteristic flavour. WHERE TO TASTE: Restaurante Tony’s (in Furnas, Povoação)
FRESH FISH & SEAFOOD
Located on an Atlantic island, fish abounds in our waters, so fresh fish is characteristically a staple in our dishes. Indulge in several species of fish found daily, including local fish such as Boca Negra, Robalo and Dourada. WHERE TO TASTE: Bar da Caloura (in Porto da Caloura, Água de Pau, Lagoa); Rabaça Restaurant (in Porto dos Carneiros, Lagoa); Borda d'Agua Restaurant (in Porto dos Carneiros, Lagoa)
Yes, we know that chicharro is a popular food in Portuguese culture, but it demands prominence. In a a small tavern located in the heart of the city of Ponta Delgada, you will discover a new recipe and speciality: chicharros with fried beans. It is finger-licking good. WHERE TO TASTE: Mané Cigano (in São Pedro, Ponta Delgada)
Like chicharros, tuna is already a mandatory dish for anyone visiting the Azores. Whether coated in sesame seeds and braised, simply grilled or fried, the secret lies in its freshness and care in its preparation. A delight.
Shellfish & Other Seafood
In addition to the fresh fish, there are several other foods from the sea, including the obligatory limpets and the delicious barnacles, as well as our famous octopus! WHERE TO TASTE: Cais20 (in São Roque, Ponta Delgada): A Tasca Restaurant (in São Sebastião, Ponta Delgada); Borda d'Agua Restaurant (in Porto dos Carneiros, Lagoa)
"O Bife à Regional"
Gastronomy on the island is not limited to the sea: if you are a meat lover, then we have good news for you! The tender Azores regional steak, raised from local cattle, is seasoned with ground pepper and accompanied with a delicious sauce that you can not resist dipping with bread. WHERE TO TASTE: Restaurant Associação Agrícola (in Santana, Rabo de Peixe, Ribeira Grande); Galego Restaurant (in São Roque, Ponta Delgada); Alcides Restaurant (in São Sebastião, Ponta Delgada)