I will be in San Francisco in about a week and I was wondering if there was anyplace in the city or east bay to get some Portuguese food. I know that Grubsteak diner on Powell does Portuguese food, is it good? Any opinions on them and suggestions for other restaurants would be greatly appreciated.
While I've only ordered a few things off of Grubstake's Portuguese menu, it's always been a big let down for me. Their American menu has better offerings.
Sorry, I don't have any recommendations for restaurants. If you're interested in buying Portuguese products/imports, the Spanish Table is worth the trip to Berkeley.
Grubstake is the only place in San Francisco. I liked it. Here is an old Chowdown report, but Grubstake is not the type of joint that changes
I liked their caldo verde the best of the three Bay Area restaurants. La Salette, mentioned, is Portuguese with a California touch. Sousa's in San Jose is old-school Portuguese.
Here's a link to my Google map of all the Portuguese restaurants, bakeries, markets and cafes in the Bay Area. When you get into the map, there;s a brief summary of what is there with links to more info
Luso Mercado Delicatessen has a small cafe and would be the closest place with some food served, though not as much as the three restaurants mentioned. It is one of the two places I haven't been yet.
Sitting in the cafe right now. They do have pasteis de nata as well as other small Portuguese pastries. I tried a espece, a buttery spice cookie. Nice vibe, a definite improvement in my book from the previous occupant of this space.
N.B.: they also carry Sumol, my favorite soda ever, but unfortunately for me my preferred flavor has been reformulated to contain the hated Splenda (http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/790925).
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