The guachinches are an institution in Tenerife. For those who like to eat well and cheaply and enjoy the simple things in life, guachinches are the best restaurants where to eat in Tenerife and taste the local gastronomy. Even because it is part of the good practices of a conscientious traveler small local and family economy, to the detriment of large international chains. For my part, I appreciate the informality, the family atmosphere and the unpretentiousness of the guachinches!
Originally, guachinches were small taverns created by wine producers to drain wine production. Little by little, snacks were added to the menu - and so the current guachinches of Tenerife were born.
For this reason, the overwhelming majority is outside the settlements, almost always in the suburbs, in rural environments. Some, like Los Gomez, for example, are literally in the middle of vineyards. Come and meet some of the best guachinches in Tenerife.
Note: I do not have photos, because I detest (and avoid to the maximum) the ritual of photographing food.
Where to eat in Tenerife (5 guachinches and still lifes)
Before and during my trip itinerary to Tenerife compiled a list of suggestions, now given by Tenerife - inhabitants of Tenerife -, or by friends of friends who know the island very well. This list included names like Casa Pedro, Casa Tomás, Guachinche El Cubano, Guachinche Los Caballos, Julio El Mocan House, Guachinche El Limonero, Guachinche Los Gomez, Guachinche Casa Mi Suegra.
Despite the great effort placed on this self-imposed task, I did not, of course, have the opportunity to meet all the guachinches who were suggested to me. Anyway, among all those where I had lunch or dinner, here the best guachinches of Tenerife (they are all on the north coast).
#1 Casa Pedro
I went to dinner at Casa Pedro and it was probably the best meal I had in Tenerife. I ate gofio scald (a type of flour) and canary stew (a kind of Portuguese stew, very typical of the rural areas of Tenerife), both absolutely delicious. Two obligatory dishes to try out in Tenerife. As for the price, the account marked 15 € for two people. Good and cheap, so!
Truth be told, however, that the Casa Pedro is not an old-fashioned guachinche, so to speak, of those in the midst of vineyards like Los Gomez. It's one more still life!
#2 Guachinche El Limonero
El Limonero is one of those incredibly simple and unpretentious places. It has a family atmosphere and apparently the customers seemed to know each other. El Limonero has wine of its own making and, as it should be, I tasted white and red (the white seemed to me by far superior). At the meal, I had a porter and a huge dose of chop. Despite this, it was a cheap dinner!
#3 Guachinche Los Gomez
Along with El Limonero, Los Gomez was the most rustic guachinche I've experienced in Tenerife. It is literally in the middle of the vineyards, and is a truly traditional guachinche and absolutely recommendable. At Los Gomez, despite the large supply of grilling meat in front of us, I ate old clothes e eggs to the boom. For dessert, the particularity of the house provoked one of those moments of drooling: a divine guava mousse.
#4 Casa Mi Suegra
Casa Mi Suegra is more still life than guachinche. It was there that I had my first dinner in Tenerife. It did not take me away like the rest, but it did stew and the first octopus cooked with wrinkled potatoes of the trip. Cheap, like all the restaurants on this list.
#5 Casa Tomás
The closest establishment to a restaurant on this list, is famed for having the best ribs with potatoes from Tenerife (a pork chop with boiled potatoes). I ate too grilled cheese e old clothes.
What to eat (typical dishes required)
– Scald (at the Casa Pedro)
– Broken eggs ou eggs to the boom
– Crumbled potatoes with mojo
– Roasted cheese with mojo
– Ribs with potatoes (at Casa Tomas)
In traditional guachinches beer and soft drinks are not sold. Basically, there is water or wine.
Map: The best guachinches of Tenerife
In blue, the guachinches listed in the post and that I have actually tried; to yellow, other guachinches that had referenced but that I did not know.
How to get to Tenerife
Currently there are at least three airlines with direct flights between Portugal and Tenerife. These are Ryanair, with flights from Porto to Tenerife South Airport (TFS); and Vueling and TAP, with flights from Lisbon to Tenerife Norte Airport (TFN). Look how to buy cheap flights and search for the best rates using link below.
Where to stay
I wrote a text to help you choose the best region where to stay in Tenerife, in which I recommend, with special emphasis for those who like to hike, to stay in the northern part of the island. I suggest you read it carefully; or, if you prefer, search for a hotel in Tenerife using the link below.
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