When researching the best restaurants on São Miguel, all lists include Restaurante da Associação Agrícola. Every list proclaimed you must try the “Bife à Regional” – steak topped with a fried egg, garlic and local peppers. Of course only Azorean beef is served in the restaurant. We were surprised to learn while on the island that cows outnumber humans in the Azores! That helps explain the abundance of delicious cheese! Because São Miguel is so green, there is a vast amount of fertile land and grass for the cows to eat. This results in rich, marbled beef for everyone on the island! As you may have gathered from the name of the restaurant, Restaurante da Associação Agrícola belongs to an association of farmers. Everyone on the island knows this is where you go for the highest quality beef – even the woman sitting next to me on my flight from Lisbon to Ponta Delgada recommended we go here!
I’ve mentioned it already, but everything in the Azores is so inexpensive compared to Belgian standards. Restaurante da Associação Agrícola is expensive by Azorean standards, but great price-quality value by mine! Definitely go here if you’re on São Miguel! In addition to the steaks, they have an excellent assortment of Azorean wines, regional specialties and sweets!