Continuing with the food programming in Portugal! We ate a wide variety of food at all price points, but mostly seafood :).
Address: Rua Cândido dos Reis, Lagos
Description: A Michelin Plate restaurant in Lagos. On a busy street (or as busy as Lagos can get), Restaurante Dos Artistas has a bright yellow exterior. The restaurant is a bit pricier than most in Lagos, but comes with wonderful service. The food is well made, but leans more towards French cuisine than Portuguese. The restaurant itself has a pretty romantic setting, with candlelit tables, cute owl figurines, and pretty chandelier lights. Probably better for a friendly dinner or date than a family gathering with children!
Address: Praia do Porto de Mos
Description: Beach side restaurant by one of the larger beaches I mentioned in my previous hiking post. Campimar was a recommendation from our lodge manager. With fresh seafood and large windows facing the beach, it is a perfect long lunch location. We didn’t make reservations for the restaurant, just walked in around 2pm in the afternoon (we had a pretty late start to the hike).
Address: Porto Pesca
Description: Located by the train station and port, Lota has some of the freshest seafood (straight off the boat) in town! Another recommendation from our lodge manager, we headed to Lota to wait for a friend arriving on the train. The place looks like a shack with wooden tables. The food tastes far better than its presentation, at an excellent price point as well. We washed everything down with some fruity sangria and headed off on our way. Besides the fresh grilled squid below, we also had a bowl of perfectly marinated olives, some local fish fried rice, and tomato salad.
A few blocks down from Dos Artistas is the Croissanteria 29. For croissants or croissant sandwiches, do stop by! The smell of bread inside is quite wonderful, and there is limited seating inside the store.
Address: Rua Dom Vasco da Gama 32
Description: Located a block away from a bus station, it seemed like quite an odd place for a restaurant. There are many closed / run-down buildings nearby, and the storefront itself is quite small. We did hear, however, that this was the best piri-piri chicken in town. For 7 euros, we got more than enough chicken for two. I’m very tempted to try out making the chicken myself, using a recipe from one of my favorite food blogs. There are also other types of meat they serve (if we had had the stomach space, we probably would’ve ordered some pork as well)!