Portuguese restaurant brings picanha, cod fish cakes and other specialties to Freemansburg

Portugalia BBQ, a full-service restaurant serving authentic Portuguese cuisine, opened about two weeks ago at 324 Main St. in Freemansburg. (RYAN KNELLER / The Morning Call)

Cod fish cakes, picanha and other Portuguese specialties are now being served at a familiar Freemansburg building.

Portugalia BBQ, a full-service restaurant offering authentic Portuguese cuisine, opened about two weeks ago at 324 Main St.


The brick and stone building previously housed other drinking and dining establishments, including the Eagle Hotel and Eagle Restaurant & Bar.

Portugalia owner and chef Arsenio Lipo along with his culinary team prepare a wide array of Portuguese dishes from scratch, including appetizers (starting at $7.50) such as Portuguese sausage, chicken pockets and shrimp in garlic sauce.


Barbecued chicken and meats (churrasco) start at $9.99 and include popular selections such as beef ribs, pork steak and picanha (top sirloin cut).


Customers also can order family portions and various combos, starting at $21.99, such as half chicken with pork meat, half chicken with shrimp and half chicken with picanha. Meals are served with rice and French fries or black beans.

The 45-seat, BYOB restaurant, with cream-colored walls, white tile flooring and ample natural light, also features homemade cakes and other desserts.

Hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sundays. Takeout and outdoor dining are available. Info: 484-935-3614; portugaliabbq@gmail.com.