Porto’s Finest: The Francesinha
It truly is a wonder to behold. While there are some variations, it traditionally has steak, cured ham, sausage and the cured and seasoned Linguiça sausage. This is put in bread, which is covered with a thick layer of gooey melted cheese. This in turn is then covered with a thick tomato and beer gravy.
Oh, and ours came with bacon on it also. Because you have to have bacon, right?
Since we ordered the Francesinha Especial, ours also came with fries and a fried egg on top. It’s like the best combination of an English breakfast and mixed grill in the world. It’s heavy, meaty and tangy. It fills your stomach and dribbles down your chin as you eat it.
Some people say it was invented in the 19th century, others say it originated in the 1960s. It really doesn’t matter. Quite frankly, it’s wonderful. I recommend heartily that you try it. I wonder if I can convince someone in Leicester to start making it….
It’s served everywhere in Porto, with prices ranging from about 5-10 EUR. The best places are the slightly out of the way places where the locals eat, as ever.