When a restaurant has a pig-shaped clock, paintings of pigs on the wall and a picture of a pig on the window, you know you should probably try the pig.
Suckling pig to be exact, which is a common dish in Portugal (Spain too). It’s one of those foods you really shouldn’t think about too hard, given it’s a piglet (probably a very cute piglet) fed on its mother’s milk and nothing else – hence the term suckling.
At ÉLoios in Porto, for example, it’s served on a super fresh, crunchy bread roll with a side of hand-cut chips and, I must say, is pretty tasty. All in the name of research of course… (note the cork placemat above too, which is very Portuguese given more than half the world's cork comes from Portugal.)
If you’re in Porto you can find this place at Rua dos Caldeireiros, 13. Simple food done well and service with a smile.
Got other recommendations for good suckling pig in Portugal? Post them below.
If I stumble upon anything I think is worth checking out in Portugal you'll find it here. I've also included links to articles I've written about Portugal for national and international publications.