No Trip to Porto, Portugal Is Complete without the Francesinha Sandwich — Travel, Eat, Repeat

No Trip to Porto, Portugal Is Complete without the Francesinha Sandwich — Travel, Eat, Repeat


– We drove up the coast this morning and made it to this
lovely city called Porto. We’re gonna explore what
there is to see here, and try a dish that every local I spoke to said we have to try, the francesinha. It’s basically bread, five types of meat, fried egg, melted
cheese, and then a gravy. I wanna see if this dish that sounds like way too much is actually just enough. But, first we have to hit this bakery. It’s Manteigaria, the
same bakery in Lisbon that makes the pastel de nata that I could not get enough of. So, I need to go get like 15. Woo, okay, still getting used to that. – [Johnny] They come piping hot. – So good. And, the space is really fun and open. It’s really fun and open. Must do. I could eat 8,000 of these. – [Johnny] That’s literally ridiculous. It’s not even like, a useful exaggeration. – No, like, think about it. I could eat one a day for 8,000 days and be a happy, happy person. Don’t doubt me. I’ve had three today. Four. – [Johnny] 8,000 days is 22 years. – Not long enough, let’s
add another thousand. Let’s explore the city. You’ve got the Historic
Center, or the old town. The main promenade, or mall. And then, there is the
main shopping center, which is just a full pedestrian walkway lined with shop, after shop, after shop. This city, the tiny
alleys, and all the colors, I’m loving it. All of that walking has
made me super hungry so we’re just gonna grab a snack and then continue down to what might be the coolest part of Porto, the waterfront. We’re at a spot called
Typographia Progresso. We passed by and I saw
some of the cheese plates, and I was like, “That looks amazing.” It is. You can get a whole myriad of cheeses, Iberian ham, a platter of
breads with a compound butter. – [Johnny] Sweet potato bread? – Right. – [Johnny] You kidding me? – Isn’t that so good? Cornbread seems to be really
common here in Portugal, and it’s done so well. It’s almost almost like a cross between artisan bread where it has that
really good burnished crust, and then cornbread with
the tender chewy inside. We got the Iberian ham. – It’s so melty-in-your-mouth good. Oliver missed the entire meal
’cause he was just asleep. – This spot is as cute as ever. It’s situated in the old foundry, or like printing press factory, and it is lovely, check it out. It’s also located in
this pedestrian square that is just up from the river, which is where we’re gonna head next. Having one of these? – [Johnny] Wait, you’re
literally eating another one? You’ve had like five today. – I’ve had six, this is seven. It’s our last day in Portugal. Just as good as I remembered. These hills are no joke. Porto has me a little starry-eyed. It’s one of Europe’s oldest urban centers, and you can feel it. The history, the vibrance,
the colors, the heart. Along the waterfront there’s live music, bites to eat, and people
just taking in the views. I’ve heard that there’s six
bridges that you must see, so we’re gonna hop on a
boat, cruise the river, and then grab that francesinha sandwich, and see what it’s all about. Okay, cozy, roomy boat,
this bridge right here is the longest two-tiered
steel bridge in the world. It’s so beautiful. It’s been non-stop uphill
since we left the river. Do you see this? I’m drenched. – This sandwich better be worth it. – Good news, upside, francesinha, you sound pretty good right now. Pretty good after this uphill ride. All right, 45 minutes later, we’re gonna see if it’s worth it. – Three francesinhas. Right, three? – [Iz] Three, and then the– – Sausage, yes. Okay, just two? Just two. Man, she really didn’t want
me to get three of those. She was like, “No, two is plenty.” And, I was like, “No, we’ll get three.” And, she’s like, “No, like, two.” – So, there’s two types
of fresh-made sausage, ham, steak, bologna,
fried egg, melted cheese, and then a beer gravy drizzled on top. It actually is sounding better and better the more hungry I get. Oh, and of course, it’s
surrounded by french fries that are intended for dipping in all the goodness as you eat. I mean, how could it not be good? But also, how could it be good? I don’t know. I, like, am split down the middle, I don’t know how to feel about it. I just need to try it. By the end of this we will know. Thank you. – [Server] Enjoy your meal. – Thank you. The bread is firmer than I expected, which I’m happy about. I have all five meats here. That is really good. Man, I was really expecting not to like it because I thought that the meats would be like all way too much to get through. But, they’re all really tender, and then the bread’s nice and firm, surrounded by this salty,
melty cheese and egg. What’s not to like? Plus, the french fries. It’s like chili cheese fries
elevated, way elevated. – Oh yeah. – Nothing like french fries
doused in gravy and cheese. This is straight up comfort food, and I’m really into it. – Oliver, who doesn’t like
anything these days, loves this. I’m not surprised. – Francesinha put me in
a trance and I can’t, I don’t know if I can
walk back to the hotel. – [Johnny] You can walk back to the hotel. – I was really impressed by Porto, it’s incredibly beautiful,
totally walkable, and the riverfront is stunning. I will be back.

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    Iz Harris

    I can't believe that this is the final episode! Porto is easily one of my favorite cities I've ever traveled to, and the francesinha is a big part of that. Any idea where I can find one in the states? Willing to travel 🙌

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    caiwj22

    You need to get the prego at cafe Santiago when you are back!!! Love Porto..its hands down one of my favourite cities in the world.

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    myungsub kim

    Absolutely loved this video!!! Travel + food vids never disappoint me…but this was exquisite 🤤 10,000days sounds about right

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    Marcos Silva

    francesinha francesinha and then walks to the cafe santiago??? go to a. cunha 2 or maybe like i dont know… every single place except that one… cmon…
    capa negra ii every tasco in porto serves francesinha on the other side of that street at brazao… cmon…

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    tennisace101

    I love the authenticity of the presenter/s from Eater ,no b.s and truly informative.on the other hand,the INSIDER presenters do these shots of taking huge bites of food and make dumb fake faces with a pound of makeup.yuck.

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    Daniel rdo

    Dry francesinha is like dry sex, you have to ask for more sauce they keep bringing it to you, lol, also this is like our version of pizza or Buffalo wings on the states, there is one in every corner and they are all sort of different and everyone has their favorite place

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    Ana C

    I loved this series!! Iz you did such an amazing job!! Traveling with family while also working is not a small feat! I’m from a city really close to Porto, Braga, if you ever go back you should visit it! Also I love your outfits and your kids look so cute in theirs too! Where do you find such cute clothes!

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    Orion6699

    Sounds like our local dish…. chicken fried steak, mashed potatoes, sausage gravy and an olive for your vegetables. If eaten regularly its guaranteed to kill in under two years….

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    J-nis Paines

    who shat in your brain? Why do young people talk pretencious like that. Someone should take away their children, this is not healthy growing up!

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    Dhimas CPW

    After watching spiderman into the spiderverse (again). I just cant shake the felling that u 2 just like watching gwen and peter parker decide to married and have child. Life happily and now enjoy vacation in portugal.

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    Sara Silva

    Hey Guys, next time your at Porto, go for francesinha at Brasão Cevejaria. Take the advice from a Porto Girl, it is the best of all I tried and all my friends that I took there agree with me, plus the place is really beautiful.

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    Miguel Rodrigues

    Porto is without a doubt one of, if not the best, place to live in the world, we have everything you would want while maintaining the appeal of a smaller historic city, has a river and sea, weather is very balanced and people are incredibly friendly… also Portugal as a whole is one of the safest country’s in the world, always a big plus

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    M

    Hopefully, I'll be in Porto for about two days in June or July. That sandwich looks good, but I might just stick with the cafe and bakery scene. Good vid, though.

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    Plant Life of Rita Ella

    Portuguese food is the best in the world! That's why it's so hard to keep a healthy weight! 😅

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    Billy McMonagle

    Johnny you are a lucky guy, Iz is so hot, and a brilliant travel blogger, makes it look so easy. Love the vlogs

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    마누라민경훙

    Ahhhhhh i love this video :)💋💋 i will be go there early next year!̆̈!̆̈ it is so far but i’m so exciting !̆̈ and i’ll certainly eat a egg cheeze bread !̆̈ looks so delicious . Especially MELTING CHEEZE

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    Simão Ses

    🙄 Questions:
    "Manteigaria" is the same one in Lisboa?
    No, in Lisboa the original one is "Pastéis de Belém";
    "Francesinha" is comfort food? 😂😂😂
    No, is tasty colesterol! And you went to Santiago, that's a mainstream restaurant for tourists, not the real "Francesinha"! And you had Coca-Cola with it! 😂😂😂
    You should drink something with alcohol to help the digestion of it.
    And you had visit "Tapas restaurants", also for tourists!
    The tapas are food concept imported from Spain, also thanks to the tourism, it's not a Portuguese habit.
    There's a lot of missing stuf to do in Porto! 😬
    Tripas, Vinhos, Bacalhau, Sarrabulho, Polvo, etc… And this is just to eat! 😂😂😂

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    Louis Lee

    Thanks so much for your video! They're awesome and you guys have such a wicked sense of humor! LOL. You've motivated me to explore Portugal by car and foot. I saw another video and they said that renting a car wasn't worth it since the parking fee is so high ($25+ for a day?). Is this true?

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