The gastronomy of Monte Gordo, and the eastern end of the Algarve generally, revolves around fish, sea food and pork. Tuna is especially important and most menus will include some tuna dishes - simply grilled, cooked with onions and tomatoes, in rissoles or on pizza!
Cataplanas (normally include monkfish, cod, prawns and clams amongst other fish) cooked in the sealed vessel to keep all the flavours in; risotto style dishes with sea food and /or fish; straightforward grilled sardines with boiled potatoes or a salad or just some fresh bread - there are endless variations in the restaurants.
'Papas de milho' is maize flour cooked with water (corn mush) and often combined with small clams (conquilhas), chouriço or toucinho (smoked bacon) and is a popular dish across the Algarve.
Gaspacho soup as a cool 'starter' on a hot summer's day is just as much a part of the menu in the Algarve as in it's neighbour, Spain.
Desserts centre around the favourite ingredients of almonds, figs and eggs - figs stuffed with almonds and cinammon and toasted in the oven; 'Bolos de amêndoa' - little cakes made with marzipan and a sweet egg based filling are typical.
Monte Gordo has restaurants and cafés to suit all tastes - traditional Portuguese, Italian, Chinese, international - you really can't go wrong!
There are restaurants and bars in abundance along the beach; more along the main avenida behind the beach and more again in the streets leading off it. There is plenty of room for everyone as most of the restaurants have sizeable inside areas as well as plenty of seating outside.