I know I'm making a really bold claim here when I say that Honorato has the best hamburgers in Portugal. And I also put forth a full disclaimer that I was vegetarian and then pescatarian for almost 10 years prior to moving to Portugal (where it's really hard to be a vegetarian because of all the enticing meaty options), but I say this with the blessing of my carnivorous husband who had been fiending for a great American style hamburger for over a year now.
This new space in the Chiado neighborhood of Lisbon is part of a small chain of burger restaurants around the city. They also have branches in Principe Real, Saldanha, Santa Marta, Rio, Telheiras, Mercado and Belém. The chef behind Honorato's amazing hamburgers (and veggie burgers!) was Marcio Honorato from Brazil.
The new restaurant in Chiado had modern black walls with high arched windows and wooden picnic tables and cafeteria style seating. One end had a gorgeous, well-stocked bar, specializing in several cocktails and both the food and drink menus were up on chalkboards. Apparently at certain times they have a DJ spinning. Well known Portuguese street artist, Vhils, did the carved illustration of a woman's face on the wall.
We ordered the X-Salada (burger with cheese, lettuce, and tomato, €9.10) and the Honorato (burger with mayonnaise, lettuce, tomato, bacon, fried egg, and cheddar cheese, €7.30) with fries.
So much om nom! It was also amazing to see an actual bottle of Heinz ketchup in a restaurant.
So if you've been fiending for an American burger and you're in Lisbon, go check out Honorato. As I've been editing these photos, my husband looked over and asked, "Can we go back there next time we're in Lisbon?" Of course we'll be back; it was the best burger we've had in Portugal. Cheers Honorato: you sure do know how to make a great burger.