Gastronomy

The main local food produced on the island is different kinds of fish, shellfish, tomatoes (Margarita tomato), and Creole chili peppers.
As Margarita's climate is quite warm and dry, agriculture is not an easy task. Most of the fruit and vegetables come from mainland, wich of course leads to a cost increase due to  transportation.

There are some farmers on the island who produce herbs, lettuce and  soy, amongst other things, using hydroponic methods. There is also a farm where goat's cheese is produced.

There is a wide variety of imported products in the supermarkets as Margarita is a duty free port.

In Porlamar there are several delicatessen stores such as Byblos where you can get Lebanese and Greek products, and the el Bodegon Italiano shop where you can buy authentic Italian products. Both of these shops are located on Avenida 4 de Mayo in Porlamar.

In Pampatar, next to Trimar Restaurant, there are two large fish shops that always have fresh fish for a reasonable price. The best time to buy fish is on a week day morning. They will clean your fish if you offer a small tip.

Venezuelan's love beef. Venezuelan parrilla (barbecue) is every bit as good as the Argentinean parrilla. There several good places on the island where you can enjoy a delicious parrilla.

On almost every corner, you can find fruit vans, and kiosks where you can enjoy a nice natural tropical fruit juice.

Venezuelan rum is a top-quality product, and also not very expensive. The best rum brands are Cacique, Santa Teresa, Pampero, and Diplomatico.

Typical Venezuelan food consists of dishes made with corn flour (Harina P.A.N) such as empanadas with different fillings, arepas and hallacas (typical Christmas meal made with yellow corn flour filled with beef stew, and wrapped in banana leaves).

Cachapas are also made with corn. Cachapas are a type of large crepe served with local white cheese. On Avenida 31 de Julio, the road that goes to Playa El Agua, there are several restaurants that specialize in cachapas and cocadas (coconut -based drink).

In terms of plantains you will find tostones, which are made with green plantains, and tajadas made from ripe plantains. Venezuelan view aalads as a necessary evil, do not get your hopes up as these side orders will not be anything special in most small restaurants.

On most beaches, there are restaurants serving great fish and shellfish menus. It is advisable to ask for the menu in advance in order to compare the prices of the different restaurants.

There are gourmet restaurants in the island's five-star hotels, in the Sambil shopping mall, and in the town of Pampatar.

There are also some very reasonable prices fancy restaurants in Porlamar that serve a wide variety of meals. However, you must be very careful at night, and always take a cab to travel around the city.

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