The 13th of November is a fortunate day for Linha 22, whether it falls on a Friday or not – it marks the anniversary of the opening of the café and guest house on Rua dos Clerigos in the heart of Porto.
Regular local visitors, including Padre Americo of the Igreja dos Clerigos, as well as current guests and passers-by were all welcomed to the celebration last Friday afternoon, and treated to chocolate cake and a glass of Port wine.
In the three years since opening Carlos Gartner has enjoyed great success with his venture: Trip Advisor rates Linha 22 #96 of 1,188 places to eat in Porto and has awarded their Certificate of Excellence to the café, and the guest house is rated 4 ½ stars “Great” and #21 out of 148 specialty lodgings in Porto.
The partnership between Linha 22 and STCP to offer special tram tours of the city which include live Fado performances on board while Carlos serves wine and a bite to eat to all the passengers, has been very popular, and is a lovely way to spend a late Saturday afternoon, in any weather.
While the majority of visitors have been from Spain, the UK, Germany, France, Holland and other European countries, the café and guest house have attracted visitors from all over the world, including the USA and Canada, Russia, South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Slovenia, South Africa and New Zealand. Perhaps the highest complement is that the café is very popular with the Portuguese themselves, not just locals but visitors from other regions who come to taste the unique local trilhos of Porto.
Carlos has adopted the word “trilhos”, which means rails for the tram, to describe his little appetizer-like dishes. Since all the food and drinks (excepting only the coffee) served or sold at Linha 22 are Portuguese, he did not want to describe his dishes by the usual Spanish word for these small, savoury dishes.
Visit Linha 22 to experience for yourself the wonderful food, wine and the warm hospitality of Carlos and his team.