Floating Stalls: Eating on the reef
It's a funny spectacle, the sight of people dipped in water, several kilometres far from the coast, surrounding a couple of floating bars, supplying anything from grilled meat and fish to fruit and drinks.
And everybody adheres to the party.
Frutos do Mar: Tons of lobsters
Would you believe that we payd for four lobsters less then in some other restaurants for a common meal?
The integrated service of Frutos do Mar was perfect, except for one single detail: no wine.
Favorite Dish: Lobster, of course.
Pousada Barra Velha Restaurant: Hearty Home Cooking in Maragogi, AL
I never thought of recommending a local Pousada - inn - as a culinary delight. But, I am addicted to the hearty home cooked food at the Pousada Barra Velha at the northern most end of Maragogi Municipality. We haven't spent the night there, but have gone back for more food and have always enjoyed the ambiance, service and the variety of their menu. The Inn itself is a very relaxing place, good for a drink, lunch or dinner.
Originally, we stopped by with friends to have a drink at the bar and decided to try their menu. The bar was what in Florida we call a Tiki Bar, thatched roof and all right on the beach. The restaurant was in a more comfortable setting, but we decided to eat out by the pool. In fact, there are several spots we've tried since then. One of them is under a big shady tree that is home to a family of the cutest little monkeys.
But, the real attraction is the food. Cooked to order, large portions and great service in a homespun way. At the hight of the tourist season, January/February, it might be a bit crowded, but when we were there later in the year, it was calm and very relaxing. We didn't stay at the inn, but it seems to be extremely well run and very friendly. The Pousada's owner is the head of the local association of hotels and inns of the North Coast of the State of Alagoas. He speaks English.
Favorite Dish: We have tried typical dishes, like their rice and octepus which was great as was their fish. But, their chicken parmesian was tops. I also love their selecton of fruit juices, many of them fresh. Of course, every day they have specials that expand their menu. I guess it is best to say that the idea of a good home cooked meal is what they are trying to present, and not one or another catagory of food.
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