We were staying at the hotel B&B and Casa Guedes is close so we went there when we checked in at lunch time. When we first got there I thought this can't be the 'gourmet' place because of the fairly run down nature of the square, and the people passing by. I have never seen so many people limping or on crutches outside of a hospital. We did sit down at an outside table, and I am really glad we did. We had some good fried fish, chips, a salad - we were given olive oil and balsamic vinegar to dress it, a bottle of very drinkable unlabelled red wine, bread and water , all for less than 25 euros for the two of us. The waiter was a character and shook my hand warmly when we left. It was the other end of the spectrum from Rui Paula where we also ate, and where the bill was over 200 euros. Totally different animals of course, but Casa Guedes serves excellent local food and wine and is great value for money. Sitting outside opposite the park provides a fair reflection of the slightly down at heel feeling of Porto, but also the warmth and value of a local neighbourhood.
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