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O Fado in 2006 or other Portuguese suggestions

vb_lady Sep 20, 2006 02:29 PM

I was reading through the posts and O Fado in Peabody was highly recommended, but now may be a greek restaurant. Does anyone know if O Fado still serves good Portuguese food. Is it worth the trip?

Any other suggestions for good Portuguese food. I'm coing to Beverly/Lynn area for a weekend in October.

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    YorkieBarsR4Girls RE: vb_lady Sep 20, 2006 02:48 PM

    Don't know that restaurant, but if you can zip down to Cambridge...Atasca in Kendall Sq has fantastic authentic Portuguese food! They have won 'Best Of Boston' from Boston Magazine for many years in a row. They also have a great cafe in Inmann sq called O'Cantinho with alot of the same items but in lunch portions! ....not to mention the desserts!

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      Dax RE: YorkieBarsR4Girls Sep 20, 2006 02:58 PM

      O Cantinho is full service now, not just a cafe. This happened about the same time the old Broadway location for Atasca closed (in favor of the new Hampshire location).

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        sionnac RE: YorkieBarsR4Girls Sep 23, 2006 07:57 PM

        Excellent food at Atasca; haven't been to O Cantiho but just moved to Somerville, looking forward to it!

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        4chowpups RE: vb_lady Sep 20, 2006 02:50 PM

        I was there last Spring and wasn't very pleased with my meal. It was lunch however so perhaps dinner is better? I used to go there years ago when it was great and less frequently as it continued to slide downhill. I know that it is under new ownership which is why I went back in the spring.

        1. DavisSquare RE: vb_lady Sep 20, 2006 04:00 PM

          If you're heading to Cambridge for Portuguese, do a search on "lusophone" and you'll find a recent thread on the topic.

          1. Chris VR RE: vb_lady Sep 20, 2006 04:17 PM

            If you don't want to head down into Cambridge (and deal with the parking), PortoBello in Wakefield is a good option


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              macca RE: Chris VR Sep 20, 2006 10:22 PM

              Love Portobello. We usually go during the week. The pace is slow, and no crowds on a Tuesday or Wednesday. I usually give myself over to the chef, and have never been disappointed. Plus, they are always happy to tailor a dish to suit your taste, if there are any picky eaters in the group.

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              barlev RE: vb_lady Sep 20, 2006 04:21 PM

              O'Fado closed about a year ago. It's successor, Acropolis, which offered both Greek and Portugeuse cuisine, has, based on several recent attempts to dine there, also closed.

              1. galleygirl RE: vb_lady Sep 20, 2006 07:44 PM

                Akropolis has NOT closed, my mother an I ate there 10 days ago. The restaurant part is oftern closed at lunch, and always on Monday ntes, so you need to eat at the bar. They are in the process of changing the menu a bit, so i only saw the take-out menu, becasue we were just there for the excellent grilled sardines, and a dish pf taramasalat (well, it is part Greek now!) for an appetizer, with pita they make in-house. They're currently looking for a second cook, tho, so things may be a little shakey...Anyone know a good Portuguese cook?

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                  pluziam RE: galleygirl Sep 20, 2006 08:00 PM

                  I had no idea that Acropolis was still doing Portugeuse food, Is it a similiar menu as it was under O'Fado? I now get my Portugeuse fix in Lowell. I've found 3 reasonable substitutes for O'Fado, each with their own merits, Friends, Europa, and Cavaleiro's.

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                    srgoodman RE: galleygirl Sep 23, 2006 10:45 AM

                    My wife and I went by there about 7 PM last night, thinking we'd try them for dinner. We didn't actually go in, but from driving by (two passes :-) ), we could see that the restaurant side was dark and clearly not open. The bar side appeared to be open, but we didn't want to eat in the bar (if, indeed, they were serving food there).

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                      galleygirl RE: srgoodman Sep 23, 2006 12:14 PM

                      They do serve food there. I think they aren't opeing both sides if it's not busy, til they get a second cook.

                  2. galleygirl RE: vb_lady Sep 20, 2006 08:08 PM

                    About half and half, but I'm not sure with the menu changes going on naw..There was a lot of fried stuff on the take-out menu. care to post any reveiws of the Lowell spots? Lusophones ant to know!!!

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                      barlev RE: vb_lady Sep 21, 2006 12:24 PM

                      Galleygirl . . . thanks for the update. Both times we tried to dine at Acropolis the restaurant side was dark. We'll have to try again. As to the menu, some of the staff from O'Fado is(when last we were there) doing the cooking.

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                        pluziam RE: barlev Sep 21, 2006 05:45 PM

                        I have a weak spot for Carne de porco Alentejana (marinated pork cubes w/ clams over cubed potatoes) I've had it at each place - all very good, I think Cavaleiro's gets the nod for that dish, tender pork the potatoes hold their crispness under the rich sauce, i've also had the house Codfish which was a large piece of very lightly fried cod smothered in thin sliced onions surrounded by hot home style potatoe chips. Europa is more a bar then a restaurant and the food is more homestyle with mom doing the cooking upstairs, I had a fantastic shredded fish,potato, onion and cheese dish there that the bartender recommended, Friends is more sports bar / restaurant with big screens and a pool table. It is hard to pick a favorite each has good menu selection and great food, Cavaleiros is probably the more expensive and restaurant like, overall i think I like the food at Europa, and Friends besides good food has a nice deck and good tv's, they all have vinho verhde by the glass.

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                        pastrytroll RE: vb_lady Sep 24, 2006 06:52 PM

                        This spring I went to a newish Portugese restaurant in Peabody: the Trackside Bar & Grill, 30 Warren St. Peabody. My husabnd and son thought the beefsteak with mustard/wine sauce was almmost as good as O Fado's (they think nothing will ever meet that standard!) I recommended Trackside to someone I had met through work - and he went four times in about three days. I loved the soup, the codfish fritters, the fish, but don't remember the details anymore. It's a small clean space with a tiny, clean kitchen. This reminds me I have to go try the pork and clams!

                        1. tatamagouche RE: vb_lady Dec 3, 2006 07:41 PM

                          Sorry to revive this old post, but has anyone been to Acropolis since, say, galleygirl's last outing? Their hours still seem to be really erratic...

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