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Non seafood availability on coastal route?

Kev

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#1
My wife and I are leaving on the 22nd from Porto and we are curious as to the availability of non-seafood options. There is a potential allergen issue with my wife, so all seafood is off the menu. We are still undecided on exact path, going to let the Camino direct us, but do have interest in walking at least partially along the coast and in my experience, coastal areas heavily favor seafood.
 

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#2
You should find Chicken & Pork options almost everywhere you go. I can’t recall anywhere we ate that were strictly seafood only.
 
#3
You are likely to find pork and beef on almost every Portuguese restaurant menu. In my experience, chicken is almost never on the menu; most residential neighborhoods have a place or two where you can buy roasted chickens (with piri piri sauce if you like spicy), but for some reason chicken is not a popular restaurant food. You are also sure to find bacalhau dishes, which always means something made from dried salted cod. Not sure how dried and salted would affect the allergy issue. Bom caminho!
 
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#4
I had the best spaghetti Bolognese at the beach in Laburge just before we settled in at S.Tiago school house albergue. Can't recall the name of the place but I did remember to take a picture
 

Kev

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#5
A bummer on the lack of chicken, but glad there is an abundance of Non-seafood options. Thank you all for your responses.
 

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#7
A bummer on the lack of chicken, but glad there is an abundance of Non-seafood options. Thank you all for your responses.
Don’t worry, I think you’ll probably be able to find chicken from time to time...
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#8
Don’t worry, I think you’ll probably be able to find chicken from time to time...
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Great picture! Where did you find that place? It reminds me that there is a roast chicken place called Bomjardin, close to Restauradores in Lisbon, where that is all they serve. It’s touristy but yummy and cheap. But unfortunately the OP won’t be there.

I eat a lot of chicken and am always on the lookout in Portugal for good restaurants with chicken, so if you remember any specific names, please share! There are some Indian, Goan, Angolan, etc restaurants in Lisbon with good chicken dishes but I’ve had trouble finding it in what I guess I’d call “Portuguese” places.
 
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#9
Great picture! Where did you find that place? It reminds me that there is a roast chicken place called Bomjardin, close to Restauradores in Lisbon, where that is all they serve. It’s touristy but yummy and cheap. But unfortunately the OP won’t be there.

I eat a lot of chicken and am always on the lookout in Portugal for good restaurants with chicken, so if you remember any specific names, please share! There are some Indian, Goan, Angolan, etc restaurants in Lisbon with good chicken dishes but I’ve had trouble finding it in what I guess I’d call “Portuguese” places.
This was in a BBQ restaurant in Vila Franca de Xira, called A Canoa. *approx* Av. Pedro Víctor 94. They BBQ the chicken right in the front window, so it should be easy to spot. Or just follow your nose...
 
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Le Puy-Pamplona (19)
#10
A bummer on the lack of chicken, but glad there is an abundance of Non-seafood options. Thank you all for your responses.
You should be able to get a steak too. We ordered a steak in this place, and the lady took out this enormous lump of meat and carved off 2 huge steaks in front of us, then took them away to be BBQd. In Valada.

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#11
Sorry OP, I realise I’ve posted photos of food in towns Pre-Porto... But they’re just illustrative - By the time we were past Porto, I was taking fewer photos of food, and most of those I did take were of Seafood (we’re fortunate not to share your allergies...)
 

Kev

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Camino Frances Sept-Oct 2015
Camino Portuguese Sept-Oct 2018
#12
Thank you all for your input. I am much more comfortable walking along the coastal route with my wife with the knowledge that I don't have to worry as much about her potential food allergies.
 
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#13
My wife and I are leaving on the 22nd from Porto and we are curious as to the availability of non-seafood options. There is a potential allergen issue with my wife, so all seafood is off the menu. We are still undecided on exact path, going to let the Camino direct us, but do have interest in walking at least partially along the coast and in my experience, coastal areas heavily favor seafood.
Besides the nearly ubiquitous "Frango" places (Frango is the BBQ Chix) we saw all over Portugal (not walking though) there were many open air and permanent markets in towns and cities that always had several places to buy wonderful Jamon and Cheese along with fresh bread. Chorizo there is unlike the stuff we have in US as it is often cured and ready to eat as is, no cooking needed. More like a pepperoni. Pork seemed to be served in every single establishment we entered, including places that specialized in grilled Sardines. In markets you can ask (even in Portuguese, Comer agora, I think) if what you are buying can be eaten as is.
 



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