Porto, the Portuguese-influenced breakfast/lunch/brunch spot that took over the old Carman’s space, opened yesterday at 11th and Wharton.
Owner Christine Liskowicz said she wanted to take her time getting things together, which provides one explanation for how far off we were when we guessed in March that she’d open in September.
The menu is about 15 times the size as Carman’s was, at about two-thirds the price. The names of items reflect Portugal’s Catholic heritage as much as the food itself. There’s a Virgin Mary omelette, a section for Afternoon Penance and an On The Third Day Tofu Scramble (Jesus must have rose from the dead a vegetarian).
Culinarily speaking, there are also dishes with bacalhau (salt cod) and plenty of sausage. See the full menu below.
The space was totally gutted, and a new kitchen was installed along the back wall, instead of behind the counter when it was Carman’s. La Colombe coffee and espresso drinks, as well as other beverages and some pastries, are being sold at the takeout counter. There’s seating for about a dozen people inside with plans to expand out onto the sidewalk once the weather warms back up.
Hours are 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. during the week, with a lunch menu starting at noon (breakfast is available all day) and brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. It’s BYOB. In fact, there was a lovely couple enjoying a bottle of rose Veuve Clicquot yesterday afternoon.
Make sure to stop by and toast the new venture.