The Portuguese often eat a quite extensive lunch in the early afternoon, so they won’t get hungry and dine rather late. At lunchtime it is the best to enter one of the small and mostly uncosy narrow restaurants where the tables are crowded with Portuguese workers. Here you will not have a big choice but always get a proper, cheap and huge warm lunch. To have dinner you have to be patient. If you enter a restaurant before eight, they just know you’re a tourist. Portuguese restaurants offer both delicious fish dishes and grilled meat plates, but the vegetables are sometimes cooked to death. Definetely the pastries and sweets are a must: end your meal with a Portuguese espresso “bica” and one of the delicious deserts. For vegetarians the Portuguese cooking does not offer great variations: try the different vegetable soups and a salad and eat a pastry afterwards. Portuguese do not care so much for breakfast, but take coffee with pastry (for example a fluffy “Pão de deus”) around eleven, when most tourists start their day.
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