Porto’s iconic sandwich, the francesinha, is one of the city’s culinary wonders and a must-try for many visitors passing through the country, but as it’s filled with sausages, steak, bacon, ham, and, depending on the chef, other meats, vegetarians usually detour around this stop on their gastronomic journey in Portugal. These days, however, more veggie francesinhas are appearing, allowing vegetarians in on the fun. Covered in cheese and swimming in a rich, spicy sauce, they may not exactly be health food, but if you don’t mind that so much, we’ve got a few suggestions for you.
To browse through a menu that’s 100% vegetarian, visit Lupin Restaurante, located a block north of the University of Porto’s Faculty of Arts campus and Capa Negra, a famous traditional restaurant also known for fantastic non-vegetarian francesinhas. Unlike at most other spots you’ll come across, the francesinhas as Lupin Restaurant are not smothered by cheese, although there is a nice layer on top of each sandwich, and even the sauce is vegetarian.
For a delicious vegetarian francesinha in Lisbon, consider making your way to this fantastic local-loved spot off the beaten track by hopping on the yellow metro line to Entrecampos and then walking an additional 10 minutes. Restaurante Lucimar is a traditional Portuguese restaurant with many classic recipes on the menu, including the traditional, meat-filled francesinha, but they also serve one that is 100% veggie-filled, and even the sauce on the vegetarian version is made without using meat. Topped with an egg and served in a traditional clay dish, you might think it’s just as good as the francesinhas from the north.
Some of the best francesinhas in Portugal may actually be about 40 miles (70 kilometers) north of Porto, in Braga. Taberna Belga is one of those spots with competitive francesinhas that some locals call the best in the country. The beautifully modern tavern is also known for its well-equipped stock of national and international beers, as well as for Portugal’s other favorite sandwich, the prego no pão (garlic-flavored steak sandwich).
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