Local Portugese Dishes and 5 Exciting Places to Eat in Porto
Restaurants in Porto
Antunes Restaurant is a traditional Portuguese diner in operation more than 50 years by the same family. This small restaurant specializes in Tripas a moda do porto (Tripe Bean Stew), Cozido (boiled pork, beef, potatoes), Rojoes a moda do
Minho (pork chunks with boiled blood potatoes and fried tripe) and Bacalhau a Braga (fried cod fish with paprika sauce and fried potatoes).
Don't miss a pork and cheese sandwich and beer at Casa Guedes, just by the side of Sao lazaro Garde. This sandwich is a toasty Portuguese bun with the soft cheese and perfectly prepared roasted pork leg.
The restaurant is small and very informal, there will always be a line, but don’t let that stop you.
The Restaurante Cana Verde is a great place to decompress and enjoy local cuisine among friends. Locals eat here often and they enjoy the duck rice, roasted octopus, sardines and codfish, all made with fresh ingredients and local flavors.
The francesinha is Porto’s official local dish and Santa Francesinhais a great place to try this delicious dish, for a good price. Francesinha is a sandwich made with bread, ham, linguiça, fresh sausage and steak, covered with melted cheese and a hot thick tomato and beer sauce and served with french fries.
Escondidinho do Barredois a family owned restaurant that has been open for more than 65 years. Their specialities include “Iscas de Bacalhau” codfish fillets that are battered and deep-fried, “Trochas” mince veal wrapped in potato, breaded and deep-fried, “Choco Frito” Fried cuttlefish and Polvo, which is octopus served with onion, parsley and olive oil.
Guided Porto Food Tours
Every local will have their own recommendation about the best place to get a francesinha. In case this great local sandwich doesn’t fill you up, it is usually served with French fries as well!
Top Dishes to Try in Porto
Caldo Verde or kale soup is a simple dish, often flavored with chourico, garlic and potatoes.
The Francesinha may be the most popular dish from Porto. Not for the light eater, the Francesinha has 4-5 different types of meat, topped with cheese and smothered in a secret beer sauce.
Cozido is a completely Portuguese dish – basically a stew with different meat, served with cabbage, carrots, potatoes and onions. Each area in Portugal has its own version of this dish.
Bacalhau or codfish is the most popular fish in Portugal and can be found on menus everywhere. One of the more popular ways to prepare codfish is codfish cakes. In Porto, this codfish dish is known as bolinhos de bacalhau.
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