This past week, while enjoying one of our favorite cities in the world, Porto, it occurred to us that we were harboring a delicious secret that should be revealed. This cuisine, though not entirely secret to the entire population of Brazil, is unknown to many, and it’s called Churrasqueira (Churrascaria is Brazilian).
Last Sunday, while scouring the internet for cheap meal that would satiate the belly, we eventually asked the front desk for a little assistance. Unfortunately, the hotel attendent was less that enthusiastic about our chances to find anything interesting, as we were not only in the “touristy” section of the city, but it was also Sunday night. Having stumbled across a place called Churrasqueira Brasa online, located just down the road from the hotel, the attendent smiled and said, “we don’t usually send guests there, because it’s rarely what they are expecting”, ruling it out as a “bit too local”.
Hey, we feel like we’re locals, at least in our own minds, and knowing that we just needed something simple, we headed straight over. Having been to Churrasqueiras on several occasions, we were very savvy as to what we were getting, and it was absolutely perfect. After a short walk down windy and oddly cold streets – what’s up with July in Porto – we arrived at the front entrance of a casual neighborhood joint.
So rather than regale you with our meal, let me give you some tips on how to order and what to get. Local Churrasqueirs are everywhere in Portugal and they are worth visiting for local fare.
I could go on with several more tips, but I’d rather encourage my Portuguese and Brazilian friends to fill out the comments below with more tips that I’ve either missed or have forgotten. The key here is cheap. You can eat until at infinitum for 10€’s, and sometimes less. If you’re looking at paying more than 10€’s after you see the menu, I would suggest moving checking out another location.
Let us know if you have a favorite one, or a place you like to go, we’d love to check out next time we’re in town!
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