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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Trek the Volcanic Islands of the Azores


2. Where to Eat

Gorge on Azorean comfort food like fervedouros—kale and potato stew—at Canto do Paço.  

Ditch Sao Miguel’s trendier spots for Restaurante Adega Regional (Rua do Melo, 70/72; 296-284-740), a bustling mom-and-pop joint scattered with wooden tables and green-and-white-checked tablecloths. Order the specialty, lapas grelhadas: a cast-iron skillet heaped with oven-roasted limpets on the half-shell. Wash it down with bottles of vinho de cheiro ($7), the favored local red wine.

Sit on the terrace for ocean views at O Ancoradouro (Rua João L. W. Terra, 9950; 292-623-490) on the outskirts of Madalena. Though the menu is dominated by fresh-caught seafood, the linguiça ou chouriço com inhame (yam and pork sausage) is a regional standout. Pair your meal with ice-cold verdelho wines ($7-30), a white varietal that thrives in Pico’s volcanic soil.

Splurge on an Azorean feast at the upscale Canto do Paço in Prainha after a gorgeous 45-minute drive down the island’s lava-strewn coast. Call ahead to reserve the cavaco, an endemic crab served with onion and green pepper in a vinegar-based sauce—they sell out quickly.

Published on Aug 26, 2010 as a web exclusive.

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