WELCOME TO PORTO
West Town’s Porto draws inspiration from the fishing villages and farmsteads along the Atlantic Coast of Galicia, Spain, and Portugal. Showcasing regional wine, seafood and conservas (gourmet tinned seafood), the newest creation from Chicago’s thoughtfully expanding Bonhomme Hospitality Group honors the purveyors, culture and history of this delicious corner of the world.
“At Porto, we want to share our love for the history, culture, food and, ultimately, people of Galicia and Portugal,” says Bonhomme’s co-founder and managing partner, Daniel Alonso, who, having grown up between the Midwest and his parent’s hometowns in Galicia, has a personal, heartfelt connection to this part of the world and the purveyors who call it home.
For Alonso, research for Porto has been ongoing since childhood, instilling a passion for and relationship with the area that few can claim. During more recent trips, Alonso was accompanied by his partners—brothers Nader, Fadi and Rafid Hindo—and Bonhomme Executive Chef and fellow Spaniard, Marcos Campos. There were stops in Baiona and Ribeira, the Galician cities Alonso has considered his second homes since birth, as well as Vigo, home of the largest fishing port in Europe. The group sat down with the fishmongers, winemakers and farmers who are at the heart of Porto’s menu on their travels to small villages along the coast, including Azenhas do Mar, Cambados, Combarro, O Grove, Corrubedo, Porto and Viana do Castelo.