I cannot believe that I have not reviewed this restaurant sooner! We have been here more times that I can count. It is within walking distance of relatives of ours, so every visit to them is an excuse (not that we need one) to eat here.
I don't know about you, but if I walk in an ethnic restaurant and hear a number of patrons speaking the language of the cuisine I get a good feeling. If you come here at lunch and eat at the bar you will experience this. Oh, if you try to get a parking space at "prime time" you may have a problem, but, trust me it is worth the wait!
My wife and I have had numerous items on the menu including lunch items, specials and regular items, and I cannot recall when we did not leave happy and satisfied, and most times with a doggie bag. The latest trip was for lunch. Luckily it was a late lunch and we did not have dinner plans for later! I ordered the mixed grill special which included cutlets of pork, veal and chicken that were thin or pounded down thin. It was served over rice along with veggies and what appeared like kettle chips. My wife had the baked crab cakes (4 of them) with chips and rice. You also get a generous portion of delicious bread. As usual we thoroughly enjoyed it.
We ate at the bar, and the lunch bartenders have been there it seems forever. Some speak Portuguese, and they are serving many regular customers. It is noisy most times, but we enjoy the spirited atmosphere of the bar when we eat lunch here. At times we have been to the dining room as well, but we always seem to gravitate here. We don't do the bar scene very much, but if I lived here I am sure we would enjoy the scene here on a regular basis, and if you drive by late on a Friday you will see that we would have a lot of company!
Prices are certainly more than fair for what you get, and the staff is usually busy, but they are also very friendly and helpful in case you want to experiment like I do.
Needless to say we will continue to come here. If you are a local you probably know about this place, and if you are passing through don't hesitate to stop.