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Eating out in Gran Canaria - What to Eat?

Eating out in Gran Canaria is a great attraction to take along the lined-up cafes and restaurants by the beach front in all holiday resorts in Gran Canaria.

Fresh fish of the ocean and seafood are the most preferred food in Gran Canaria. You may see numerous small boats on inshore fishing along the Gran Canaria coastline. Freshly caught fish can therefore be enjoyed. The locally caught fish to taste in Gran Canaria include; cherne (grouper), sama (gold sea-bream), abae (a white fish similar in taste to grouper), cabrilla (comber), morena (moray) and vieja (parrot fish). The lattermost is the most expensive one. It is a shore fish with shellfish-like fine white flesh.

Fish generally cooked in the Canary style that is fried or grilled, and preferably served with papas arrugadas (jacket potatoes boiled in sea or highly salted water and then baked) and mojo verde de cilantro (a spicy sauce seasoned with garlic, coriander, oil, vinegar, salt and cumin).

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Puerto de Mogán and Puerto de las Nieves, in Agaete are the best destinations that visitors may experience great seafood and fish at the variety of fish restaurants.

Besides the fish dishes, other popular dishes of Gran Canaria cuisine include: potaje de berros (watercress soup containing spare rib, corn, potatoes, and beans) served with ball shaped gofio corn bread; rancho (a stew of chickpeas, potatoes, pork, poultry and veal); roast leg of pork; carajacas (liver in marinade sauce); fried pork; the Guía and La Cumbre cheeses; and for dessert, bienmesabe (ground almonds and honey, usually eaten with ice-cream), suspiros (meringues) or frangollo (pancakes).

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