Never doubt the influence of the African culture on Bahian cooking here! Seafood dishes will be fantastic, and you'll likely want to try their acara or acaraje, which is composed of skinless brown beans and often eaten with sundried shrimp. You'll also find the latter as an ingredient in vatapa, a kind of paste also made with coconut milk, dende, peanuts, and cashews. Caruru, a stew with okra, and moqueca, a stew of seafood, coconut milk, and spiced via various family recipes, are both on a must try list when visiting Salvador de Bahia!
Popular Restaurants in Salvador de Bahia:
Porto do Moreira is one of those memorable places! Thematically appointed with the novel, Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands, in mind, this restaurant has been around since 1938. Bahian cooking is the focus, and you'll find a variety of seafood, steaks, and chicken entrees. Average cost for meals for two range from 20 to 40 reais. This restaurant is open from 11:30 AM to 4:00 PM Mondays through Saturdays, and from 11:30 AM to 3:00 PM on Sundays. Located at Largo do Mocambinho, 28, you can contact them at 3322 4112 or 3322 2814.
O Cravinho is extremely popular with the locals. Located at Terreiro de Jesus, 3, Pelourinho, this place opens before lunch and closes after their last customer! Infusoes such as spiced cachaca and cravinho are house specialties, but you'll also find beer, other drinks, and very budget friendly and extremely tasty food. Enjoy!
Recanto das Tias (meaning Hidden Place of the Aunts) has been around for 25 years, and is one of those local treasures! Located at Travessa Padre Domingos de Brito, 25, Garcia, the two sisters who run this venue serve up traditional favorites. Carne do Sol, Rabada, and Feijoada are entrees included on a menu with prices at around 10 reais for one person, and 20 for two. Acarajes can be purchased for as little as 3 reais. This venue is open from Noon to 6:00 PM on Mondays, and from Noon to 10:00 PM Tuesdays through Sundays. You can contact them at (71) 3332-2622/3235-5872/3235-8769.