- NiKoLe1625 Feb 23, 2007 05:17 PM
Hey chowhounders! I'm portuguese and i have been living in boston for the past 3 year for school and have yet to go to a portuguese restaurant here. I have heard there are some good ones in Cambridge, but I was just curious as to which ones people think are the best and most authentic! Thanks in advance!
NiKo, Come to SE Mass. The New Bedford/Fall River area and you can choose from quite a few Portuguese restaurants. Antonio's in New Bedford is quite popular but if you head to Fall River there is Sagres, good seafood choice and quite good Alentejana, my husband had it just the other night. Sagres also has a lovely caldo verde,not all restaurants feature it. There is also Chaves market in Fall River. I know that parts of Cambridge and Somerville also have a big Portuguese community but I don't know anything about it. Come on south!!
And if you take the train into Lowell, several awesome Portuguese restaurants and bakerys. Cavalero's is great - been wanting to try their filet cooked on stone at your table - they one last year's Winter Soup Fest. We just recently tried Friends (also in Lowell), fabulous. Sorry - I don't know Boston portuguese restaurants. There are several others in Lowell that people talk about too.
My favorite is O Cantinho on Cambridge st in Innman sq. Really nice food and the owners are very hospitable. Down the street from O Cantinho is Muqueca, a Brazilian seafood(mostly, but they do serve meat dishes) restaurant. Very nice. Near by is Casa Portugal, but I haven't eaten there. On the same block is the Western Grille which is a BraziIian all you can eat meat place. Somerville, Union sq, there are a bunch of stores, bakeries that are Portuguese and Brazilian. A popular place on Bow st. (Union sq.) is "The Neighborhood Restaurant" serving great Portuguese breakfasts. I always go back to O Cantinho for the squid appetizer and the baccalau. Boa sorte.
We are big fans of Casa Portugal on Broadway in Cambridge. It's a small place, popular, not too expensive. Nothing fancy, but the atmosphere is very friendly and everything is very well prepared. Always leaves us with a nice feeling.
thanks so much for your help everyone! i'm really looking forward to trying some of these places!!