As Bifanas do Afonso – Lisbon, Portugal - Gastro Obscura

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As Bifanas do Afonso

Get in line for Lisbon’s most famous sandwich.  

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The people of Portugal love a sandwich, and one of the country’s most beloved is the bifana. Taking the form of slices of pork served in a roll, in Lisbon that protein is typically grilled, but somewhat confusingly, the city’s most popular bifana is done in the northern style.

You don’t need Google Maps to know if you’ve arrived at As Bifanas do Afonso; look for the perpetual line or simply follow the aroma of porky broth that extends down the block. Your destination is essentially a stall, which specializes in one dish: thin slices of pork, braised in a mix of white wine, garlic, bay leaf, and lard (and, it’s said, Sprite), stuffed in a chewy Portuguese-style roll.

Boost your bifana via a squirt of sweet, cheap mustard or a drizzle of house-made chili oil, and pair it with a glass of vinho à pressão, “tap wine,” made sweet with the addition of sugar and bubbly via carbonation. It’s simple, cheap, casual and utterly delicious.

Know Before You Go

There are no tables at Bifanas do Afonso, but the two streetside letterboxes near the stall can serve the same purpose.

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