You'll never mistake Fortaleza as a hot-bed of cutting edge cuisine. You'll not find Fortaleza mentioned in the latest issue of Pretentious Wine and Fine Dining or featured on a cruise ship food tour. We're okay with that. If fresh and delicious seafood, rodizio and per kilo dining, and some Brazilian classics whet your whistle, then don't worry, you're in the right place.
Seafood is everywhere in Fortaleza, especially crab, which gets top-billing in the beach-side barracas on Thursdays. The fish market in Beira Mar is a great place to pick up a variety of fish if you're willing to cook it on your own or pay a nominal fee to have them cook it for you on the beach. Try the Peixada Cearense (locally caught fish in a garlic-lemon sauce) or any of a number of seafood variations (including cheap lobster) at a number of local restaurants.
As it is throughout Brazil, rodizio and per kilo/buffet dining are quite popular in Fortaleza. Sal e Brasa in Muciripe and Gheller in Iracema are top-of-the-line rodizio (grilled meats served in succession to your table) joints, while establishments like Coco Bambu, which are everywhere, serve quality buffet and seafood. Head to the Varjota neighborhood, particularly Rua Fredrico Borges, if you aren't quite sure what you'd like to eat. This area has the highest concentration of restaurants in Fortaleza.
Finally, you'll want a sampling of Brazilian specialties while in the city. Feijoada, the national dish, which consists of beans and pork, can be found pretty much anywhere, while the delicious tapioca is a cheese and fruit pastry can be found in a number of locations, including Tapiocas O Osmar (Meireles) and Tapioca da Praia (Praia do Futuro).
For further information on what Fortaleza has to offer the food lover in you, check out our individual listings. We're sure something will pique your interest.