Azorean cuisine is plain and hearty. Even though inexpensive and always available, fish is not eaten very frequently, except for
(dried cod) stew. Shellfish is not in place, except for
(limpets) and sometimes
(octopus). After all, there are no conches to be found at the beach. If fish is only a part of the menu of a standard restaurant, it`s often fried through and dry. Due to that, it`s better to go to a designated fish restaurant, or - which is even better - prepare it on your own, e.g. on the barbecue in the patio of the Casa Sillanova.
Typical snacks are
(pork chops) and
(beef), which are served inside a small bread
or on a plate
with french fries and rice. The meat is typically marinated with the ubiquitous sweet pepper sauce (ground sweet pepper + salt). Moreover, you will find
(pork ribs resp.pork belly),
Costoleta do Novilho
(young bull`s chop - very good!) and
(if you order
it`s a patty without bread, but french fries and rice). The culinary art is commonly a matter of price. A low-price
in a snack bar will mostly be instant meat from the freezer.
Azoreans prefer to go out for lunch, only, from 12 am till 2 or 3 pm. That is why there are not too many authentic restaurants or
which serve dinner. Dinner restaurants are usually more expensive. With increasing frequency you can find buffet restaurants, in which typical
food can be tried for less than 10 Euro. Lunch only, of course, but it pays, because it`s the same food that people cook at home. Azorean families use to go out for lunch on Sunday, so it`s recommended to do a reservation for that day of the week!