Recommended by our hotel, Apeadeiro is a local gem, an honest decent restaurant in a town of tourist traps. The queue for a table suggested we weren't the only ones in the know, but it was well worth the wait. Seeing us struggle with the menu, our excellent waiter brought us an English menu, not a tourist one as we could cross check it with the original.
The restaurant was jammed with a great mix of tourists and locals, the locals receiving hugs, kisses and backslaps on arrival and departure, clearly they love this restaurant and it's simple, tasty food. We ordered pork chops and a ham omelette, both came with chips and salad, both freshly cooked, tasty and filling. The small jugs of red wine were delicious, and complimentary port was a nice touch and good end to a good hearty meal.
Although packed to the rafters, our waiter was attentive and very welcoming and I would definitely recommend this eatery. Two 'covers' of bread, cheese and a type of samosa(?), the two mains, two espresso and two small jugs of wine came to just under 30 Euro, great value!
No doubt the swarms of tourists are a major pain to the locals who regularly frequent this restaurant, but the secret is out, a great choice for a simple no-frills, good value lunch.
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