The waiter brought out our complimentary marinated olives. They were excellent. We had questions about the menu and he was very helpful. I decided to have the steak and shrimp on a shish kabob and my husband had the seafood combination and Spanish clams as an appetizer. The entire time we were waiting for our meal, we watched what everyone was having for dinner. We saw flaming Portuguese sausage, things come out in a big pot, and things hanging from a stick. We could not wait until we saw ours. Another thing we saw was that everyone was drinking something out of a clay pitcher. We asked the waiter and he told us it was sangria. We decided to order a pitcher. It is their special blend of wine, fruit, and a special ingredient. We could not stop drinking it. On Friday night, they have entertainment. It was so festive and we felt like we were in Portugal. We then had the house salad. The waiter brings it out on a big plate. It is something like an Italian salad. The dressing was a light oil and vinegar. Next were the clams. It came in a big iron pot. The clams were marinated in onions and tomatoes. The sauce was as good as the clams. We could not stop dipping our Portuguese bread in the sauce. We had to stop and save room for our main course. Our waiter brings out our dinners. My dinner was the one hanging from and stick and my husband was the one in a big pot. The steak and shrimp was the best I have ever tasted. Whatever they use to marinate it, it was excellent. The dinner also came with potatoes. They look like chips. They were absolutely great. My husband's dinner was a variety of clams, mussels, shrimp, lobster and calamari with rice, marinated in a special sauce. It was outstanding. He had so much, he had to take some of it home. He got all of that for only $18 per person.
If you think Philly is only a place to eat cheese steaks, hoagies, and soft pretzels, you are wrong. To something different and eat Portuguese. You won't be disappointed. Taste of Portugal does take the Entertainment book. It is good any time for up to an $18 value.
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