First Pics: Breakfast spot Porto opens at 1301 S. 11th St.

Porto, the Portuguese-influenced breakfast/lunch/brunch spot that took over the old Carman’s space, opened yesterday at 11th and Wharton.

The space is a lot more open than when it was Carman’s.

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.

Now open at 11th and Wharton
Now open at 11th and Wharton

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.




Saddle stools.
Saddle stools.




From left is Tunc Altimparmak, Patty Kane and Carlos Cajina. They lined up like that on their own, we swear. Liscowicz wouldn't let us take her picture.
From left are employees Tunc Altipormak, Patricia Kane and Carlos Cajina. They lined up like that on their own, we swear. Liskowicz had been working in the kitchen and said she wasn’t camera-ready.

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.






9 thoughts on “First Pics: Breakfast spot Porto opens at 1301 S. 11th St.

  • November 19, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    woo hoo! reasonable prices and an actual menu, I’m in! Congrats!

  • November 19, 2013 at 6:21 pm

    Wow the place looks beautiful. Good luck and wish you congrats. I know all the hard work you put into it really paid off. ..

  • November 19, 2013 at 11:31 pm

    Love love love

  • November 21, 2013 at 9:38 am

    the food was actually better than our rose Vueve Cliquot 😉 so glad Porto is in the neighborhood now

  • November 21, 2013 at 11:00 am

    I’m cringing at the many misspellings on that menu.

  • November 26, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    All errors are specifically made to keep you guessing.. May ur mind wonder….For example crossiant(confessional box)… go figure ” Raisen up” , now guess what this means? clever yes and was the food fabulous?

  • November 26, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    Pardon iceburg (battle of BURG) look it up smart ass…

  • November 27, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    We went on Sunday at 1pm. Place was full so we ordered to go. We enjoyed our food! The weekend brunch menu is somewhat limited, though – I wish there were more sandwiches available! 🙂

  • November 29, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    Just had lunch at Porto. Wow! Great addition to the neighborhood. Terrific people! A great menu with a sense of humor, to boot. Don’t miss it! Go often!

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