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East Providence Portuguese restaurants - recommendations?

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cerignolas Jan 18, 2007 10:25 PM

going to be in Providence this w/e and am eager to check out one of these recommended Portuguese restaurants (Estrella Do Mar, Solmar, and Madeira) this weekend but would like to go with a few recommendations in hand. which dishes did you love the most?

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  1. pork_chop RE: cerignolas Jan 19, 2007 03:43 AM

    My favorite of those 3 is Madeira, and I recommend the pork alentejana (cubes of pork with littlenecks and potatoes). O'Dinis (also on Warren ave) is also quite good.

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      bewley RE: cerignolas Jan 19, 2007 01:04 PM

      The service at Estrella Do Mar is spotty: if you're not local, you'll probably get second rate service. This place was also closed for a while, so I don't know what the status is . . ?

      I love O Dinis, though they can have their off days (food not consistent).

      Madeira is probably the best as far as atmosphere, service and food, but you'll get more bang for the buck at O Dinis.

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        rinative RE: bewley Feb 28, 2007 09:36 AM

        The status of Estrella Do Mar is that they had a kitchen fire, thereofre they had to close in order to remodel and fix thigns up. I personally do not like O'Dinis I thought theire service stunk. I had to wait over an hour for dinner the last time I was there and the food wasn't all that. I think Madeira is over priced and I believe the reson why he charges so much is because he has to pay for all the buildings he keeps buying in the strip. My favorite woud have to be Solmar. They're food is great and the service is wonderful. I've even done the take out and the food is alwasy hot when I pick up. they would have to be my number #1 choice.

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        Garris RE: cerignolas Jan 19, 2007 05:23 PM

        I too endorse Madeira as my favorite of the group.

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          ginqueen RE: cerignolas Jan 19, 2007 11:58 PM

          my boss, who is from the azores, loves o'dini's with a passion. she says it's the most authentic portuguese food in the providence area and appreciates the friendly ribbing she receives from the owners when she goes in. apparently the octopus is phenomenal there.

          she has taken me to madeira, and even though she said it was sort of diluted for americans, i still liked it a lot (and though it may be "diluted," there are no items on the menu for people who might not like portuguese food--no cop-outs in the form of hamburgers or caesar salads here!). the octopus there is also quite good--tender and flavorful--as well as the calamari (which seems to be a little crispier and more substantial than a lot of the melt-in-the-mouth calamari you get in more italian-esque places) and the clams w/ chorizo. maria also ordered a dish that was sort of like deep-fried soft polenta that was really, really good. it almost had the texture of chinese deep-fried tofu, crispy on the outside, hot and warm and soft on the inside. i'm not sure what it was called, though. also the portuguese olives are wonderful if you have a salt tooth like me.

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            snl1129 RE: cerignolas Jan 21, 2007 11:10 PM

            Definitely give Madiera a try! We've been going there for years and have never had a bad meal. I like their Paella and my other half gets their kabobs. they come out on the looonnngg
            skewers. Very flavorful.

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              cerignolas RE: cerignolas Jan 22, 2007 02:04 PM

              thanks for the suggestions! we tried estrella do mar and left a bit disappointed. service was great, portions are large, but food could have been better. our meal:
              the porco com Ameijoas a Alentejana - the pork dish was unevenly cooked -- the pieces that were cooked perfectly were very tender and tasty but other pieces were overcooked and tough. the cubes of potatoes weren't freshly fried so were somewhat soggy, which was not caused by the sauce from the dish.
              the veal stuffed with lobster, shrimp, scallops, etc. (a lot of their entrees are stuffed with seafood) - it was a good piece of meat and cooked as requested, but there wasn't much seafood in the stuffing. there was also cheese melted with the stuffing--kind of strange. the side of mashed potatoes was unexciting and needed salt.

              not ready to give up on portuguese restaurants in RI. still open to suggestions.

              1. sashimi73 RE: cerignolas Feb 15, 2007 12:15 PM

                Madeira is the way to go. Pork and clams is fantastic...and usually enough food for 3 people! (Or one very hungry boyfriend)

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                  PaulaK RE: cerignolas Mar 8, 2007 09:37 AM

                  My factory is about 90% Portuguese and I went right to the facility manager for this; he said Medeira, no question.

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                    lvario RE: cerignolas Mar 8, 2007 10:24 AM

                    Went to Madeira last weekend for the first time.. Can't wait to go back.. My boyfriend is 100% Portugueese and he loved it as well.. Thumbs up!!!

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