For picnic food, and snacks, try the bakery Boutique Amady,
Edif. Lord Nelson 5, which has a huge well-presented selection of quality breads, cakes and pastries.
Scattered in among the vast number of mediocre places to eat in Las Américas are a few good restaurants serving a fair range of international cuisines between them. Most restaurants are open longer hours than elsewhere on the island, often not closing in the afternoon - particularly those places by the promenade. After midnight, when most of the restaurants have closed, it's still possible to get food from international fast-food outlets in the centre, and from local vendors selling kebabs and such like. Despite its seaside location, good fish- and seafood-restaurants are surprisingly rare in Las Américas, making the short trip to the popular restaurants of the small fishing village La Caleta (regular buses from the bus station in Las Américas) just to north of the resort worthwhile. Three restaurants are particularly popular here - Piscis is the most expensive and stylish, while the La Caleta is more moderately priced and makes the most of its seafront setting. The Celso , the most functional of the three, is especially good value, particularly popular with locals, and offers a range of preparation techniques beyond just grilling.
A large number of cafés and restaurants vie for custom along the seafront and in the centre of Los Cristianos . Few are anything special, making it worth either heading out to local favourites on the less atmospheric fringes of town or to the simple inexpensive tapas bars on the western edge of the pedestrian district. The harbour area, also just west of the centre, is notable for its small collection of good seafood restaurants. Fast-food needs are served by American chains on the beachfront, though tastier, better value local delicacies can be had from many of the town's supermarkets, which offer picnic food such as a whole freshly grilled garlic chicken for around ¬4.
Each restaurant listed in the Guide
has been categorized as either inexpensive (under ¬6), moderate (¬6- ¬10) and expensive (above ¬10) - indicating the price of an average main course.
Cantina Lupita , CC Fañabé. Cheerful, brightly coloured Mexican restaurant on the promenade where it overlooks Fañabé's new beaches. Dishes include burritos, chimichangas, chargrilled vegetables, Tacos and salads. Though the food is a bit bland by Mexican standards, it can be spiced up on request. Moderate.
Cervecería Central , El Camisón, local 17-18, Los Moritos. A branch of the classy and popular Santa Cruz restaurant, serving a good range of food from coffees and cakes, to filled rolls, omelettes and a good variety of tapas. Full meals, mostly Spanish or Canarian fish and meat dishes are also available in the evenings. Moderate.
El Duque , Gran Hotel Bahía del Duque, Fañabé. tel 922/713 000. One of the most expensive restaurants on the island, this place serves a changing and carefully chosen range of international dishes in Neoclassical surroundings. The menu includes the simple but superb house speciality, seafood lasagne, and an extensive selection of wines. Dress is smart casual. Closed Sun & June. Expensive.
El Gomero , Edif. Las Terrazas. Straightforward Canarian restaurant with speedy service at vinyl-covered tables. The menu offers a decent range of fish dishes, including a selection of paellas, plus good steaks and reasonable, filling set meals. Closed Sun. Inexpensive.
Harley's American Diner , Torviscas. tel 922/713 040. Its presence announced by a fleet of American vehicles outside, Harley's is a theme-bar and restaurant offering a wide range of cocktails and meals. The eclectic menu at the bar includes large portions of American favourites such as nachos and fajitas as well as cannelloni, sweet-and-sour chicken and a number of vegetarian options. The restaurant gets busy in the evenings, so it's worth booking ahead - or being prepared to drink patiently in the back of a Cadillac while you wait for a table. Moderate to expensive.
The King And I , Local 12B Garden City San Eugenio tel 922/750 350. Great Thai food served in a plain little restaurant on the eastern side of San Eugenio. Though a little more expensive than surrounding restaurants, the quality of the massive range of available dishes - including good green curries, chilli squid, ginger mushrooms and a great papaya salad - ultimately makes the place good-value. Moderate to expensive.
Las Rocas Beach Club , Hotel Jardín Tropical , San Eugenio. Small cliff-top beach club, where exclusive dining is offered to visitors as well as hotel guests on a terrace overlooking the sea. The restaurant specializes in rice and seafood dishes - particularly recommended are the paellas, including one vegetarian version. Expensive.
Little Italy , CC Fañabé. A new branch of the popular local chain of Italian restaurants, serving dependably good pizza and pasta in pleasant, if unmemorable surroundings. Moderate.
Mamma Rosa , Apartments Colón II, Los Moritos tel 922/797 823. Smart little Italian restaurant serving delicious pasta and pizza as well as the excellent juicy sirloin steak á la Mamma Rosa - the house speciality. Meals are sometimes served to the accompaniment of live accordion music. Expensive.
Passaparola , El Camisón Local 50, Los Moritos. tel 922/798 214. Simple, small Italian-run restaurant, ten minutes' walk from Playa de las Vistas in a strip of restaurants popular with locals as well as tourists. Serves good pizza and pasta and excellent antipasta. Moderate.
Slow Boat I , CC Puerto Colon tel 922/796 423. Part of a popular and successful local chain serving quality Chinese (mostly Cantonese) meals at reasonable prices. A bottle of wine is often included in the price of the meal. Take out is available. Moderate.
Casa del Mar , Esplanada del Muelle tel 922/793 275. Large, consistently popular, first-floor fish restaurant in a great location with a terrace that overlooks the bay and harbour. There's always a good selection of fresh fish here, and though the food costs a bit above the local average, the size and quality of portions ultimately makes the place good value. Closed Mon. Moderate.
Corisa , C/de Antigua General Franco 18. Basic central restaurant with bright lights and vinyl table cloths. It serves good simple fish, seafood and meat dishes - the ménu del dia, which includes wine, is particularly good value. Inexpensive to moderate.
El Caserio , Plaza Las Fuentes. Simple Canarian restaurant, combining elements of the tourist aesthetic (dim lighting and wooden furniture) with traditional, no-frills food. The large menu includes dishes such as stews, rabbit, octopus and a good selection of fish. Open evenings only. Inexpensive.
El Gomerón , Edif. Royal. Cheap eatery, with stylish chrome tables on a shady road-side patio near the bus station. The restaurant is popular with locals for its straightforward Canarian food, including a decent range of fish and seafood and some good steaks. Inexpensive.
Little Italy , C/Pablo Abril 1. This branch of the dependable local Italian-restaurant chain has views over the beach and harbour and the option of street-side dining. The chain's formula - reasonably priced pizza and pasta served at dimly lit check-cloth covered tables - has been popular and successful enough for it to open over a dozen generic outlets around central Los Cristianos as well as one in Las Américas . Moderate.
Pitaland , Edif. Reverón. Good local fast-food restaurant, opening as late as anywhere in town. Options here include stuffed pitas, as well as pizzas, burgers and sandwiches. Inexpensive.
Pizza Cut , CC Don Antonio. Good quality Italian fast food in a quiet, shady but sterile shopping-centre courtyard. Closed Sat & Sun. Inexpensive.
Rincõn del Mero , Esplanada del Muelle tel 922/793 553. Functional restaurant squeezed in beside the underpass to Playa de Las Vistas. Only good fresh fish and seafood grace the menu - including dishes such as parrot fish, tuna, sole, hake, scampi, cockles and octopus. Moderate.
Slow Boat V , Edif. Bucanero tel 922/796 163. Branch of the reliable local Chinese-restaurant chain - this one with views over the bay. Try the excellent varied (mostly Cantonese) banquets from around ¬12. Take out is also available. Moderate.
Trattoria La Foccacia , Ramon Pino 32. Strip-lit restaurant with small terrace serving some of the best value Italian food in town, including a large selection of competitively priced pizzas. The pasta in particular comes in many creative incarnations, with numerous shapes and sauces offered. Daily 2pm-11pm. Inexpensive to moderate.