FOODPORN #1 – PORTO EDITION
March 25, 2017
Let’s be clear, if there is something I like is food. There is a full category on this blog dedicated to food and I though that “Foodporn” would be a nice name for my holiday food summary. For each destination I’ll make one article sharing restaurants, places, dishes, well, the perfect guide for a food-lover.
This first episode is dedicated to the beautiful city of Porto (or Oporto, I could google it, but, you got me!)
Let’s start strong! According to Wikipedia, The Francesinha is:
“a Portuguese sandwich originally from Porto, made with bread, wet-cured ham, linguiça, fresh sausage like chipolata, steak or roast meat and covered with melted cheese and a hot thick tomato and beer sauce served with french fries.”
Basically we are talking here about a calories bomb, but hey, #FoodPorn is not made to judge anyone or anything.
We had a Francesinha at the “café Santiago” (what a coincidence ha?) accordingly to some Portuguese friends and to a lot of reviews on TripAdvisor, the best in town! (Even if they all claim to have the best one).
Place: Cafe Santiago
Address: R. de Passos Manuel 226, 4000-032 Porto
Price: 9.50€ for the “Francesinha Santiago”
Let’s continue on the “junk food” style with an awesome artisanal burger called “Hamburgeria DGEMA”, they have a vast choice of burgers, the 2 we had were really tasty.
Here is a picture of my “De cé tremido” a cool burger made with steer, egg, cheddar, smoked ham, barbecue sauce, pickles, farinheira (portuguese smoked sausage) and crunchy onions.
Place: Hamburgueria DGEMA
Address: Rua do Almada n.º249 – 4050-038 Porto
Price: 7.50€ for de “De cé tremido”
Pedro Dos Frangos
“So basically you came to Portugal to eat junk food you could have eat anywhere else ?” No, of course not, our foodtrip crossed the path of the Portuguese cuisine many times, a restaurant I can recommend is “Pedro Dos Frangos”, some really good and tasty grilled meat.
If you arrive to the street you will see 2 restaurants with the same name one in front of the other, we believe they belong to the same guys, as we saw the servers crossing the street with plates of food. So no matter which one you choose, you will have good food.
Try the pork ribs or they’r classic chicken.
Place: Pedro Dos Frangos
Address: Rua do Bonjardim 223, Porto 4000-124, Portugal
Price: Around 15€ per person (for a lot of food)
Portuguese friends, calm down ! I know you guys are already upset “how dare you talking about Natas from Porto, HOWWWW” and yes, I guess they’re right! Let’s make it clear, Natas are from Lisboa, but you will find them all around porto too, and let me tell you something, they’re pretty awesome.
A cool way to start your day is easily a Nata and a coffee.
Place: On every corner from Porto
Price: Around 1€
How to be next to the ocean and not get some fresh fish ? This place has a cool charcoal barbecue right in front of the entrance.
Close to Porto, the place to get some good fish is close to the port. Please don’t expect too much from the service, go for a nice grilled fish, but if you need to have a smile from your waiters while eating, it will probably not be the place to go. But if you’re looking for super fresh and tasty fish, go for it.
Sorry, the picture might not look so good, but trust me on this one.
Place: Taberna do são Pedro
Address: 4400 Vila Nova de Gaia, Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal
Price: 8€ for an entire fish
A loja dos Pasteis de Chaves
After all this heavy food, we felt like something green and fresh would be nice.
Next to our place was this nice little restaurant, perfect for a quick lunch or like for us, a last meal before heading to the airport.
They have different “pasteis” which are a sort of pastries filled with different things (meat, fish, chocolate, and others)
Place: A loja dos Pasteis de Chaves
Address: Rua da Firmeza 476, Porto 4000-226, Portugal
Price: less that 5€ for what you see on the picture
And this concludes my first “Foodporn” article on this blog. I really hope you’re not hungry or on a diet ?
Let me know what you would like to try or if I missed one restaurant in Porto leave me a comment, and hopefully I’ll try it on a next visit.