Restaurants in Porto
If there is a group of people who positively, definitely and absolutely love their food, then it would be the Portuguese. No wonder author Robert Wilson said “The quickest way to get trampled to death is to come between the Portuguese and their lunch.” in his book A Small Death in Lisbon. Food plays an important part in the lives and the culture of the Portuguese people, and although various regions of Portugal have their respective specialties, all locals share the same passion for traditional dishes made from simple ingredients.
Portuguese food is typically calorie-laden, as most of the dishes are either made of meat or seafood. One thing that needs to be said about the people of Portugal is that they do not like wasting their food, especially from the sources they themselves have raised, so it is not unusual to include offal and body parts like chicken blood, pig ears or beef tripe. Consider this a warning, especially if you have a weak stomach.
That said, traditional dishes are a must-have. If you want to have a truly authentic experience of food, especially in Porto, then you need a local to steer you to the right direction as you look for eateries and restaurants that serve the dishes you should sample. Better yet, your local host will not just cook for you but will also share with you Porto’s culture.