Where are the Best Sandwiches in Porto?
If you are a general food lover, Porto just might be the perfect city for you, and if you love sandwiches in particular, then Porto is definitely paradise for you! Keep reading, we tell you all about the best sandwiches in Porto and where to find them.
Slow Roasted Pork Sandwich - Terylene
This isn’t a mere sandwich, this is a sandwich you experience with all your senses. First, you hear the wood-burning stove slowly cooking the meat. In fact, it is cooked for 24 hours before being served! Then, you see this beautiful and delicious looking rustic bread embracing the roasted pork with a slice of smoked ham. Almost immediately, your nose tells you that it smells as good as it looks and this is when you start mouth-watering. You pick it up, feel the weight and realize that it carries a substantial amount of meat inside and then, after taking the first bite, your palate confirms everything your others senses were already telling you, you have found a piece of heaven.
You can find it at Flor dos Congregados, in the city center. Ask for the terylene sandwich. And what is terylene, you might ask. Well, it’s a thin and fragile polyester fabric that shreds easily just like the tender pork loin used in the sandwich.
We will tell you more about the history of this legendary sandwich and the family that has been making it for over 80 years on our Downtown Food Tour.
Francesinha is probably the most famous sandwich in Portugal and an iconic Porto dish. It has become so famous that now you can even find it in restaurants all over the world. Francesinha is called by many – the queen of sandwiches. Why? It packs wet-cured ham, linguiça (a portuguese sausage), steak or roast beef, inside two slices of thick bread and everything is covered with melted cheese and a special tomato and beer sauce. It can be served with a fried egg on top and french fries so that none of that delicious sauce goes to waste. A truly belly-busting sandwich packing around 1300 calories. Do you have what it takes to down a whole Francesinha?
We have also gathered the places where you can eat the best Francesinhas in Porto.
Bifana is also one of the most enjoyed sandwiches in the country. It is simple: pork steak seasoned with garlic and spices, then placed inside a bread roll. It is as basic as it is delicious. Bifana, just like other sandwiches mentioned here, can taste different depending on the place you go to. Each place has its own unique way of preparing it, especially the seasoning of the sauce which the meat is cooked in.
In the North of the country, most places usually make it with little pieces of steak that are cooked in a big pot with seasoned sauce, and it’s usually a bit spicy. The bread is a simple white bread roll, that ends up being moistened with the steak sauce.
In the south, though, it’s a bit different. The steak is no longer cut in small pieces and it’s simply seasoned with garlic mostly and not spicy at all. And there’s also no sauce. They suggest you eat it simple or with mustard. Also, the bread is lightly toasted. We, of course, refer how we do things in the North.
Find out where to eat the best bifana in Porto!
P/O - Presunto e Ovo
Another simply delicious simple sandwich made with freshly sliced smoked ham, aged for 24 months, and a fried egg inside a bread roll. You can find it pretty much all over the country but it’s more commonly found in the north. One of our favorite ham and fried egg sandwiches can be found in Taxca “A Badalhoca” where you should push it down with a refreshing glass of rose wine, Espadal.
Hoping to join a local for an authentic experience at this hidden gem? Look no further than the Vintage Food Tour for a unique look at why this classic sandwich, and many other traditional dishes, is making a come back.
Pernil com Queijo
When you visit Porto, just after the francesinha, locals will recommend you go to Casa Guedes and ask for this also very famous and one of the best sandwiches in Porto, pernil com queijo/roasted pork shoulder with cheese. It consists in roasted pork shoulder/pernil covered with the also famously stinky, but delicious, and creamy portuguese Serra da Estrela cheese served on rustic bread. As you take the first bite, you’ll feel it swirling in your mouth, breaking apart, and combining again in a mix of flavors that are so delightful. That is the moment, when, as a sandwich lover, you’ll remember this article and think to yourself: “they were right, this city is sandwich heaven”. You’re welcome.
There you have it, the best sandwiches in Porto. Now you know the way to paradise and there’s a food feast waiting to welcome you.
Enjoy & Bom apetit!
The Taste Porto Foodie Team