You’ll pause in the entranceway to Broa for a couple minutes before entering. It’s not that you’ll be so blown away by the smell of grilled seafood, the Portuguese street signs, or the occasional live music in the backyard. It’s just that the only place to find the nightly menu is on a chalkboard next to the doorway. But even if you just ask the friendly servers at this BYO Portuguese spot to bring out whatever they recommend, you’ll get things like meaty crab fritters with garlic aioli, housemade sausage, or piri-piri quail - and you’ll be very pleased.
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