The best cheap restaurants in Porto
If it’s a Monday, head to Rápido for their Spanish-style cod. If you’re reading this on a Wednesday, book a table anyway and order a cozido. This restaurant, next to the São Bento railway station, is steeped in tradition, which has earned it many devoted patrons. The owner himself picks all the ingredients – including those in the famous oven-roasted octopus, served by special order. Oh, and save room for dessert.
Time Out tips:
Make a reservation or show up for lunch at noon prompt.
Gather your mates and order the group menu, including starters, a meat and a fish course, desserts, drinks and coffee.
All that salty sea air at the beach gives you an appetite, so head to Peebz, in Foz and wrap yourself round one of their burgers. The name supposedly means ‘the coolest person you will ever meet’ (clearly this must be ‘New Jack City’ director Mario Van Peebles). Anyway, the burgers here are weapons-grade: top-quality beef, with slightly sweet buns custom-made by the Cristal bakery. Add crunchy skin-on chips and all is good. There are vegetarian options, but in all honesty, that’s not really what Peebz is about.
Time Out tip:
If it’s a hot day, try and get a seat in the small open-air area in the back, sheltered from Foz’s ever-blowing wind.
There’s one rule at the Rei dos Galos de Amarante: start your meal with the fish soup, and end it with Seia whey cheese and pumpkin jam. In between, choose whatever you want. They have salted white sea bream and sea bass, game rabbit, roast kid goat and even cuttlefish or octopus bean stew. A classic tripe stew is only served on weekends and must be ordered in advance. So worth it, mind you.
A restaurant named after the patron saint of eating had better be pretty shit-hot. Luckily, Taberna Santo António in Miragaia is. Order one of the four daily specials, all guaranteed to be good. If the menu includes alheira sausage pie and turnip greens, or cod pataniscas with rice and beans, choose them. From the massive dessert display, the homemade chocolate mousse is among the city’s finest. Nice one, St Antonio.
Time Out tips:
The lunch menu is amazing value at just €6.50.
Start with meat rissoles or cheese with oregano.