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Portuguese Food?

gmk1322 Aug 7, 2008 08:20 PM

Hello All,

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.

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  1. wolfe RE: gmk1322 Aug 7, 2008 08:29 PM

    Not in San Francisco or the East Bay but in near by beautiful downtown Sonoma. La Salette.

    452 First Street East, Suite H, Sonoma, CA 95476

    1. scarmoza RE: gmk1322 Aug 7, 2008 08:30 PM

      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.

      1. rworange RE: gmk1322 Aug 7, 2008 11:09 PM

        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.

        1. Robert Lauriston RE: gmk1322 May 28, 2013 10:36 AM

          Inside Scoop reports on a new place opening in SF next month, Cafe St. Jorge.


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            soupçon RE: Robert Lauriston May 28, 2013 12:37 PM

            Described as a "cafe and bakery," which gives me hope of finding decent pasteis de nata around here!

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              bigwheel042 RE: soupçon Jul 11, 2013 06:28 PM

              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).

          2. Melanie Wong RE: gmk1322 May 30, 2013 07:37 PM

            While we're updating Portuguese options, don't overlook Cafe Lucia in Healdsburg.

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              alfairfax RE: Melanie Wong May 31, 2013 03:31 PM

              Sister to La Salette, is it not?

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                Melanie Wong RE: alfairfax May 31, 2013 10:13 PM

                Yes, Cafe Lucia is the sibling of LaSalette in Sonoma.

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              Cath52 RE: gmk1322 Jul 12, 2013 06:55 AM

              Grubstake. A plus is the are open very late.

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