Tenerife is known for its fresh seafood and locally grown fruit – especially its strawberries, which are served topped with cream, mixed into cakes, or blended into cocktails.
Another local delicacy to try is the Conejo al Salmorejo, which is rabbit prepared with a hearty mix of spices, often garlic, paprika, pepper, rosemary, and thyme. It is pan fried in olive oil and then simmered in a white wine sauce until tender. You likely won’t find it served without another Canarian culinary must-eat: roasted potatoes. The ones you’ll find in Tenerife are boiled in salt with the skins on and served wrinkly with mojo sauce. Even if you can’t stomach the rabbit, the potatoes with mojo sauce are a comfort food delicacy in Tenerife that is a popular thing to try. If you have a choice between the red or green mojo, a quick hint for choosing is that the red sauce is typically more spicy.
To find some traditional Canarian cuisine, you can find a number of restaurants in the central area of Santa Cruz, as well as Playa de las Américas (which has the added bonus of being close to all the iconic shops of Avenida de las Américas). If you take an excursion to the north end of the island to see Puerto de la Cruz, you’ll find many restaurants there as well that serve traditional Canarian delicacies.