Azorean Cuisine in Providence or Cape Cod?
I am heading to Providence, Newport, Sandwich (cape Cod), and Portsmouth in the next few weeks. I would LOVE to try some Azorean food. I have heard wonders! I can find a place in Gloucester, but that is kind of out of the way. Anything near the towns I will be staying in?
This is a great question and I hope someone replies with good info for you. I'm sure there's something on Cape Cod because last season on Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations show he went to the Azores and said he was driven to go there BECAUSE of all of the great Azorean food he's had in Provincetown, MA (on the cape) when he was just starting out in the food biz.
Head to Fall River in SE Mass. Columbia St. is where the restaurants are. We are very fond of Sagres, they specialise in seafood. Their shrimp Mozambique is plate lapping good and the Little necks in Garlic and oil are delish! There are several other Portuguese restaurants in Fall River as well as a bunch in New bedford and virtually all of them are Azorean as most Portuguese around here emigrated from the Azores as opposed to the mainland. sorry for the lengthy reply.
I can't recommend Sagre's highly enough. I grew up near Fall River, MA and lived for years in New York City and now on the west coast. Sagre's is on my short list of must-eats when I visit home. I've meticulously reverse engineered some of their dishes so I can eat them when I'm away from New England. I grew up thinking this sort of food was typical Portuguese and met with one disappointment after another eating at Portuguese restaurants in other places. In seven years in New York City I never found this food. (I was pleasantly surprised to find a closer relative to it in a Senegalese restaurant in my new home town of Seattle.)
Try the calderada portuguesa, the carne alantejana, and the shrimp mozambique. Make sure you get plenty of bread to mop up the delicious sauces.
Bonus: If you go on a weekend night, they often have excellent live fado music.
We've always been big fans of Solmar in East Providence. I've sent many people over there and the reviews have always been outstanding.