Because people are mellow there. Some of the warmest and kindest people anywhere. My memory may be fading (well it is haha) but I do not remember having problems having coffee or a snack on the CP in 2017. I guess if you are on the Camino now and the temps are really hot people are getting a really early start. When I can't find coffee early I just have a banana or something in my bag, forget about it and start walking. Before I know it I have either found a place or I just remind myself how lucky I am to be on the Camino and just say f*%k it something will appear sooner or later.
When It comes to food just ask for a recommendation or point to something someone else is eating that looks good or interesting.
Oysters in Arcade, peppers in Padron. Bacalhau (salt cod) anywhere and everywhere. Caldo gallego (traditional galician green soup), empanadas (pies) in Pontevedra. Pulpo (octopus) in Padron (think it was a Saturday market where we found a number of pulperias- the like of which we had not experienced before...)
The restaurant over the road from the albergue in Vila Do Conde has good food and the best chocolate mousse in the Iberian peninsula. The bar almost next door and on the same side of the street to the albergue does a good pilgrim's meal.
I can’t remember where but I had the best octopus, interesting and tasty tiny snails, and all kinds of fish. There was one fish that became my favourite but I’m sorry I can’t recall it’s name.
Don’t recall having one bad meal and many amazing ones. We just turned up.
And of course Pastéis de Nata.