In Lisbon there are plenty of homestyle restaurants to choose from, places to eat that offer menus of traditional Portuguese gastronomy and other homestyle cooking. At David da Buraca in the city’s Benfica district, top-notch regional fare is served in a convivial country-style ambiance. On Avenida 24 Julo Popolo rules, a trendy Italian, American, Portuguese-style food restaurant. At O Pitéu do Graça located up in the Graça district, the home cooking is so highly regarded that some of Lisbon’s most celebrated chefs come here to eat on their days off. Meanwhile at Bota Alta in Bairro Alto it’s about cooking from the heart – traditional food drawn from centuries-old recipes. Likewise, at nearby Antigo de 1 Maio, the emphasis is on good old-fashioned meals prepared with local ingredients. Tasca do Manel, also in Bairro Alto, is similarly proud of its homemade country-style credentials. Further up the hill in Principe Real, the tiny Tascardosa restaurant is big on regional tastes. Meanwhile, on Avenida da Liberdade, the Hard Rock Smoke House rustles up finger lickin’ southern-style BBQ ribs and burgers with all the hickory infused trimmings. The bite-sized nibbles served at Taberna Vintage in Bairro Alto are a Portuguese version of the Spanish tapas and filled with all sorts of tasty homegrown ingredients. Wash them down with a cold beer. And that good old Portuguese standby, grilled chicken, is done to perfection back in downtown at Bonjardim Rei dos Frangos.
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