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Phantom Gourmet: Tasty Portuguese Cuisine

BOSTON (CBS) -- For real, home-style Portuguese cuisine, Estoril in Fall River is a Phantom Gourmet favorite.

Standout dishes include spicy calamari in a zesty pepper sauce, garlicky shrimp Mozambique, and the signature flaming Chorizo.

Estoril Restaurant - Portguese Food
Flaming Chorizo at Estoril. (WBZ-TV)

"It literally is flaming, so I think the presentation is there. It impresses people. People are kind of amazed. It's fun because the customers sort of participate and feel like they're cooking it," says owner Nancy Moniz.

Tia Maria's European Cafe in New Bedford serves breakfast and lunch every day, and dinner on weekends.

Where the standout dish is Portuguese steak topped with eggs, hot peppers, and delicious homemade gravy.

Tia Maria's Portuguese Steak
Maria's Portuguese steak. (WBZ-TV)

"My mom makes my gravy, and it takes her...I'd say a good five hours from start to finish. It's meat-based, in addition to that she purees vegetables into the gravy, and on top of that, of course, we add the garlic and the spices. So it's super flavorful," says an employee.

For an ocean full of flavor, the Portuguese stew at Bia Bistro in Cohasset is simmered in a spicy tomato sauce with whatever is coming off the boat that day.

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Portuguese stew at Bia Bistro in Cohasset. (WBZ-TV)

And for some good Portuguese food in Greater Boston, you can check out Atasca in Kendall Square in Cambridge, as well as J & J Restaurant in Union Square, Somerville.

Watch Phantom Gourmet on Saturdays and Sundays at 10:30 and 11 a.m. on myTV38.

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