The quality of food in Tarija is excellent, with meat definitely being the main forte. The variety of the food isnâ€™t so great but thereâ€™s more than enough to keep you happily fed for a few days. Churrasqueria and CabaĂ±a restaurants serve up great slabs of meat cooked on the grill and can be found all over town. Be sure to try the local fish variety sabalo and crunch your way through some cangrejos, small river crabs, which are a local specialty.
In and around Plaza Sucre youâ€™ll find plenty of ice-cream stalls, pizza joints and cafĂ©s. There are also a couple of places selling international cuisine including Thai and Mediterranean. The Mercado Central is a great place to sample local dishes including saice (mincemeat, chickpeas, potatoes and aji spicy sauce) and sopa de manĂ. Thereâ€™s also a mouth-watering bread and cake section on the south-side of the market. Lastly, donâ€™t forget to sample one of the wines made in the Tarijan Valley and some of the locally produced Serrano ham.