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The nine best cachorrinhos you absolutely need to try in Porto

The cachorrinhos in Porto are an institution of the city. With fine slices of bread, crispy and spicy, they are a must try.

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Everyone knows the classic dishes of Invicta, but there is a famous one that rivals with the mythical francesinha. Those who never tried a cachorrinho made in this city, have no idea what they are missing. It is the ideal snack to accompany an afternoon with friends and a cold beer, for example, while you take a break from discovering the best of Porto. It comes in thin crusty bread, is stuffed with fresh sausage (sometimes alheira), and brushed with a spicy sauce. Here is a list of the best cachorrinhos in Porto. Try them out: we promise you will not regret it.

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The nine best cachorrinhos in Porto

Snack Bar Gazela
Snack Bar Gazela
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1. Snack-Bar Gazela

Restaurants Santa Catarina

This snack-bar has been improving the art of making cachorrinhos for more than 50 years. Fine and crispy bread, sausages of great quality, and cheese melted to embrace them. Everything brushed with butter and spicy sauce. Customers? Many. On a normal day 300 of these are served, usually accompanied by one or two cold beers.

República dos Cachorros
República dos Cachorros
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2. República dos Cachorros

4 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Baixa

There are those who say that the best French fries in town can be found here. And of course, to accompany there are the famous cachorrinhos that give the place its name. They are the star of the menu and are made with bread from local bakery Padaria Oriental. They have cheese and sausages from the also local Leandro do Bolhão, and hot sauce to taste.

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Tabafeira
Tabafeira
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3. Tabafeira

Restaurants Portuguese Bonfim

Dedicated to alheira, a typical Portuguese sausage, this restaurant serves it in the most varied forms: on boards, hamburgers, açorda, risotto and so on. Of course, there are cachorrinhos here, but instead of sausage, the main ingredient is the star of the house. You can pick one of the two: alheira de Mirandela or vegetarian.

Lado B - Cachorro
Lado B - Cachorro
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4. Lado B

Restaurants Santa Catarina

Sold since the they opened in 2010, the B-side cachorrinhos are on the podium of the restaurant's most popular dishes. The recipe is simple and, perhaps so, successful: cachorrinho bread, sausage, of course, and cheese. After being toasted the house’s francesinha sauce is spread on top of it. Be ready for a bit of a spicy punch.

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Bar Tolo - Cachorro
Bar Tolo - Cachorro
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5. Bar Tolo

Restaurants Snack bars Foz

Having friends around is good. Having them around the table to share good food is even better. In this restaurant there are snacks to meet every taste (well, almost): Camembert with pumpkin, tuna tataki, stuffed mushrooms and, of course, cachorrinhos. The bread is from local bakery, Bakery Formosa, in Foz, and the sausages are also from Leandro, at the Bolhão Market.

Santa Francesinha - Cachorro
Santa Francesinha - Cachorro
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6. Santa Francesinha

Restaurants Baixa

Cufra's younger sister is now in Poveiros and the cachorrinho, which can be devoured as an entrée or main dish, is a specialty of the house. Served on rustic bread, it has Flemish or sheep cheese and is topped with a tomato sauce and spices.

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Caldeireiros - Cachorro
Caldeireiros - Cachorro
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7. Caldeireiros

Restaurants Portuguese Baixa

Crunchy on the outside and juicy on the inside, it was christened by the owners and customers as Invicta's Cachorrinho. It is pressed, so that the bread is golden and crispy, and inside it brings fresh sausages from, that’s right, you guessed it, Leandro. Oh! It has Flemish cheese, of course, and is lightly brushed with spicy sauce.

Café Santiago - Cachorro
Café Santiago - Cachorro
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8. Café Santiago

Restaurants Santa Catarina

Yes, it's true: Santiago’s is not just for francesinhas. Just to give you an idea, 60 cachorrinhos are sold a day. The bread comes from the Oriental Bakery in Bonfim, and the fresh sausages come from the mythical and contested Salsicharia do Bolhão. It also has Flemish cheese and spicy sauce inside, to give it that final special touch.

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The Dog - Casa do Cachorro
The Dog - Casa do Cachorro
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9. The Dog

3 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Boavista

It is impossible run from the facts: the francesinhas and the pregos (steak sandwich) have some competition going on in the snacks championship, when it comes to cachorrinhos. The Dog - Casa do Cachorro, in Boavista, serves them inside a thin baguette with fresh sausages – again, from Leandro Salsicharia, in Bolhão - cheese, and a spicy homemade sauce to top it off.

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