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Portuguese in Tampa Bay?

rebecca.kukla Dec 31, 2006 01:43 AM

Hi folks -

My seriously foodie family is moving to Tampa this summer. I have already fallen in love with Mi Mexico, the West Tampa Sandwich Shop, and China Yuan. I am curious if there is such a thing as Portuguese food in Tampa or nearby. I'd be interested in Portuguese restaurants, as well as in good sources for Portuguese groceries. Internet searches turn up nothing so my hopes are not high ... but you chowhound folks are wonderful sources of information. Thanks!

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    Tandoori Girl RE: rebecca.kukla Dec 31, 2006 04:25 PM

    There is a little Portuguese grocery in St. Petersburg next to El Toro Negro Mexican restaurant on 54th street. It has very little in it, and I don't know what the requisite items are for Portuguese food but it is run by a very nice couple, proud of their heritage. Unfortunately, I don't know the name of the store and live in Tampa so I rarely go in the vicinity. Hope that's somewhat helpful.

    1. hatless RE: rebecca.kukla Jan 1, 2007 12:30 PM

      Googling turned up O Pescador in St. Petersburg. The Portuguese portion of the menu is pretty short, but it's Portuguese all right. Garlic sauce, pork and clams, bacalhau...

      539 Central Ave
      St Petersburg,FL 33701
      Phone: 727-894-3637


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        rebecca.kukla RE: rebecca.kukla Jan 2, 2007 10:46 AM

        Wow, thanks to both of you, especially for the O Pescador find, which looks really authentic and was just the kind of thing I was hoping for. I'm a pretty good googler myself and didn't manage to find it at all.

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          gueraslp RE: rebecca.kukla Jan 16, 2008 06:01 PM

          Hello.. I was wondering if you ever found any portuguese groceries, places in the area. My boyfriend just moved here and he is also looking for same.. Any information would be greatly appreciated.



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            mycena RE: gueraslp Jan 12, 2014 10:44 AM

            that little grocery shop on 54th near st peter is now closed!

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            foggy RE: rebecca.kukla Jan 17, 2008 06:34 AM

            O Pescador has been closed for about 6 months. So there is no longer a Portuguese place in St. Pete

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              rhnault RE: foggy Jan 17, 2008 06:37 AM

              I have had good food at Norky's in Tampa

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                Mild Bill RE: rhnault Apr 13, 2008 10:07 AM

                The Norky's near me is Peruvian I believe...
                Good whole cut-up chicken!

                Near Cacciatore's off of Hanley? Is that the place?

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                  rhnault RE: Mild Bill Apr 13, 2008 10:20 AM

                  Yep .

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            leonel36 RE: rebecca.kukla Jun 16, 2014 01:29 AM

            there is a portuguese club in st petersbug here they face book information
            open every saturday night, and dinner also

            1. sunshine842 RE: rebecca.kukla Jun 16, 2014 03:57 AM

              In the rich hodgepodge of cultures that make up Tampa, Portuguese is a pretty minor player, so not likely to be easy to find.

              Cuban, Spanish, and Italian are the main flavors in our regional stew, with a heathy dose of Latin America and the Caribbean.

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