hate to say it, but the bay doesn't 'do' portuguese food... there isn't a population here.
unlike ny which has toronto so close (there's like HOARDS of them up there)
i've been looking. haven't been to grubstake, but the menu isn't exactly portuguese. its a diner that has a portuguese section.
Melanie, I once said I had tried every place and you said my crawl wasn't complete because there was some place up north that had Portuguese food with some Spanish dishes, IIRC
You haven't been looking hard, spork. Check Melanie's link for links to other Portuguese recaps. There's a pretty substantial Portuguese population. I haven't been responding, hoping something new would get posted.
Most of the Portuguese food is in the South Bay. Lots of restaurants may not offer entire Portuguese menus but will have a few dishes. Here's the list of things Portuguese:
Grubstake - a few dishes, with arrangements they will make any dish on request
Sonoma - La Salette, upscale Portuguese
Ronhert Park - 9 Islands Bakery
Half Moon Bay - HMB Brewery (a few dishes)
Pescadero - Duarte's (a dish on Friday only)
Sousa's, probably the most authentic down-home Portuguese
Cafe Docanto - A coffe shop that will make you think you are in Portugual. I only wish I could talk one other person into going here. It is one of the best coffee shops in the Bay Area
The rest are bakeries and stores that serve Portuguese foods. As Melanie said, Alum Rock in San Jose is the big Portuguese area. Then there are lots of Portuguese festas where food is served. The big one is in the summer in Monterey.
Thanks for reminding me that it is the big time of the year for festas. Forty days after Easter, there are a lot of Feast of the Holy Spirit festas.
Rodeo - People's Market
Hayward - Hiser Bakery
Popular Bakery (the best of them)
5 Star Bakery
Mayolos Trade Rite Market
L & F Fish Market
Another small bakery near 5 Star
Mountain view - Sousa's Wine & Liquor
"hate to say it, but the bay doesn't 'do' portuguese food... there isn't a population here. "
~40,000 in Santa Clara County alone doesn't constitute a population?
OK, maybe it's not a large population, but larger than Japanese in the same county (under 30k), and there's no shortage of Japanese restaurants, is there?
It's not the size of the ethnic community, it's the demand for thier food from outside the community. Sushi is trendy, bacalhau isn't.
La Salette in Sonoma (technically on the square, now) is very good, accessible, and up-scale.
Sousa's has been in San Jose a long time, and, I guess is more family/neighborhood - the 'Little Portugal' neighborhood, in fact.
Grubstake I've only ever heard of, and it's in SF, so I'll probably never make it up there.
The Portuguese community in the bay area is heavily Azorean and the three restaurants reflect that. Azorean is, well, I guess you could say "less Spanish" than mainland.
Just like most Italian here is Northern - it's not any less Italian, but it might not be what you expect if you're used to a different region. If you tried portuguese food in the Ironbound, for instance, you'd probably find it different than here, since the NJ Portuguese came more from the mainland.
Just wanted to report that I stopped by Joe Matos place last week to pick up some of the raw milk St. George cheese to take to a port tasting. The price has gone up to $6 per pound farm-direct now, still an incredible deal.
Joe Matos Cheese Factory
3669 Llano Road
Santa Rosa 95407
It's located just south of the intersection with Todd Road. You'll see the sign below near the road, then follow the long driveway all the way back.