This should probably be with the recession busters, because I'm sure they'd cover two meals if one were not starved when they went in, after taking one's mother to the Registry to renew her license...
But I digress. Thanks to Striperguy and Ituanas, I started making up for lost time at the renamed and restaffed old O'Fado (they have now added the apostrophe into the name). We went for lunch, so ate in the bar. But there is a list of Weekly Luncheon Specials, and it rocks!
Monday- Coelho Guisado (Rabbit Stew) 9.95
Tuesday- Bacalhau a Gomes de Sa 9.95
(cod fish, potatoes, onions eggs olive oil and garlic)
Wednesday- Galinha Guisada c/esparguett 8.95
(chicken stew with spaghetti)
Thursday- Feijoada a Transmontana 8.95
(Beans stew with cabbage, carrot, chourico and pork)
Friday- Polvo Guisado (octopus stew) 10.95
(See you there, my precious!)
Saturday- Bacalhau Cozido c/grao de Bico 10.95
(boiled cod w/chickpeas, boiled potato and egg)
Sunday- Cozido a Portuguese (Portuguese Boiled dinner) 15.95
I had the Tuesday special; I just love me that Portuguese home cookin'! Everything was tender and flavorsome; how do the Portuguese boil those potatoes that seem moist all the way thru, and never watery? Chunks of salt cod, with so much more flavor that fresh cod(which I'm not the biggest fan of) all favored with onions that have melted away and hard-boiled egg slivers...I love this stuff!
Galleymom had the Caldeirada from the dinner menu, and I'm pleased to report it was better than ever (18.95) Huge, tons of mussels, shrimp, squid, swordfish and cod. And potatoes. And the broth! Even thicker and more flavorful than before; watching her slurp it out of the serving ladles just solidified her true chowhound bona-fides. The owner was lurking at the bar, listening to our "oohs' and 'ahhs", and the bartender, who we knew as one of the waiters from before, wrapped up extra bread for mom so she'd have something to soak up her sauce with when she ate the second part of the caldron....
The only bad news; there is no octopus on the regular lunch menu or dinner menu, so I'll have to show up on Fridays....
O'Fado is back; long live O'Fado!