Longtime Portuguese, Mariscada, Portuguese Restaurant, Way to Experience Lisbon
It’s a hearty, unpretentious classic seafood stew that’s found in any Portuguese grandma’s cooking repertoire. Don’t know any Portuguese grandmas? No problem. Just head over to Portuguese restaurant Caravela for a lip-smacking rendering of the dish: fresh Maine lobster, briny littleneck clams, mussels, succulent shrimp, plump diver scallops, swordfish, and monkfish in either a traditional red sauce (tomatoes, sweet peppers, sweet onions, celery, garlic) or an inventive green sauce (white wine, clam juice, garlic, olive oil, parsley, and cilantro). As you sop up your last bit of broth with a crusty slice, be sure to raise your glass of vinho verde to toast owner Fernando Cabral for having a restaurant that serves this delicious creation.
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Best Way to Experience Lisbon (2009)
Portugal, with more than 1,000 miles of Atlantic Ocean coastline, offers simple cuisine inspired by the sea. Nowhere else in the county can you have a heartier or more traditional Portuguese meal than at Fernando Cabral’s Caravela. The longtime restaurant (this past March, Cabral celebrated his eatery’s 20th anniversary) serves up heaping Old-World plates of sautéed shrimp Lisbon-style (in a garlic, brandy, and spicy tomato-cream sauce), broiled whole sardines, baked red snapper, mariscada seafood stew, and pork Alentejo with littleneck clams. Rice, black beans, and steamed vegetables accompany every entrée, so come hungry.