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ISO Port Muffins - the "Three Meal" muffin

addiez Feb 24, 2014 08:12 AM

Hi all,

I greatly enjoyed a "Port" (Portuguese) muffin in Vermont made by Central Bakery Distributors in Fall River. Website can be found here: http://www.3mealmuffin.com/.

Has anyone ever seen these anywhere locally? I emailed them on the site, but haven't heard anything. I'm hoping that this local distributor also distributes locally. Boston would be preferable, but I'm willing to travel.

Thank you!

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  1. MeffaBabe RE: addiez Feb 24, 2014 08:13 AM

    I have seen similar muffins in Christmas Tree Shop's bread department. They are like and english muffin but sweeter and larger diameter.

    1. BostonZest RE: addiez Feb 24, 2014 09:02 AM

      I buy Portuguese Muffins (don't know the brand) at New Deal Fish Market in East Cambridge. I'll bet that the Somerville Market Basket has an option as well.

      The Wired Puppy on Newbury Street has their version on the on the menu.


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        deglazer RE: BostonZest Feb 24, 2014 07:07 PM

        Can confirm bolos levados at the Somerville MB, where I've bought them a hundred times (but not in the last year or so).

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          BostonZest RE: BostonZest Mar 14, 2014 12:45 PM

          Market Basket Somerville had Bolos from Prim Rose Bakery in Tiverton RI today and New Deal Fish carries them from Acores Bakery in Fall River.

        2. StriperGuy RE: addiez Feb 24, 2014 09:22 AM

          I think these guys make them:

          Central Bakery
          48 Walnut St
          Peabody, MA 01960
          Phone number (978) 531-2101

          And you might try some of the various Portuguese stores/bakeries on Cambridge Street.

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            lc02139 RE: addiez Feb 24, 2014 09:52 AM

            Building 19 used to have them, I thought that the norwood ocean state job lot had them, but haven't looked recently

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              Madrid RE: lc02139 Feb 24, 2014 09:58 AM

              How do they stay fresh so long that they can be sold by Christmas Tree, Ocean State, etc?

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                lc02139 RE: Madrid Feb 24, 2014 10:01 AM

                Don't know but always check the sell by date, I don't think they are sold there because their old maybe overruns or slightly defective or just because people like them

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                  bear RE: lc02139 Feb 24, 2014 10:25 AM

                  The Waltham Ocean State often has them.

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                    kobuta RE: bear Feb 27, 2014 07:22 PM

                    So does the North Quincy store - I see them there every time I go.

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              kimfair1 RE: addiez Feb 24, 2014 12:17 PM

              If you ever et down to the Fall River/New Bedford area, try the Tony's Bakery bolos (the Portuguese term for these muffins). I grew up in New Bedford, and having spent much of the past 3 months there on and off caring for my elderly parents, I was amazed at how much better the Tony's bakery type were than the other brands I ate as a youth. I have seen them at various Ocean State Job Lots, but nowehere else up this way. Perhaps some of the smaller markets in Cambridge may have some, since there seems to be a small enclave of Portuguese folks there. Good luck, and man are they good!

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                StriperGuy RE: kimfair1 Feb 24, 2014 12:24 PM

                Bolos levados...

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                Pegmeister RE: addiez Feb 26, 2014 04:07 AM

                I buy them at Hannafords in North Quincy. Used one this morning for an egg sandwich with bacon. The sweetness of the muffin goes great with the egg and bacon.

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                  kimfair1 RE: addiez Feb 26, 2014 05:52 AM

                  Great article on bolo levado on HUffington Post today.


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                    BostonZest RE: kimfair1 Feb 26, 2014 06:51 AM

                    Thanks Kimfair1, great link to round out this conversation. They do look easy to make. What a great contribution some homemade ones would make to a summer grilling pot luck.

                    I have the feeling these are on the radar now so we can add places where we spot them on menus to this conversation.


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                      kimfair1 RE: BostonZest Feb 26, 2014 08:43 AM

                      I've gotten them at a small New Bedford bakery, interesting called The New Bedford Bakery, and they were really tops, but they don't sell them commercially. It was part of my hunt for a great malassada.

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                    addiez RE: addiez Feb 26, 2014 07:14 AM

                    Thanks everyone - lots of great tips. I appreciate it!

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                      plopescentral RE: addiez Mar 3, 2014 07:47 PM

                      Market Basket in Hudson MA carries the Port Muffins- "The 3 Meal Muffin". The Port Muffin is the first Portuguese Muffin produced in the United States by Central Bakery in Fall River, MA since 1975

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                        bear RE: addiez Mar 19, 2014 03:21 PM

                        I noticed that Vee Vee in JP has the Vee Sandwich on their brunch menu...eggs, bacon, cheese, avocado, chipotle aioli etc. on a Portuguese soft roll. Since their French toast is made with Portuguese sweet bread, it's possible that the sandwich is on a sweet roll. Of course, it could be on a regular plain roll as well. Anyway, it sounds good.


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                          bear RE: addiez May 4, 2014 11:41 AM

                          Wilson Farm in Lexington had Portuguese muffins today.

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