Christine Liskowicz had some big boots to fill when she opened Porto in the South Philly corner luncheonette formerly known as Carman's Country Kitchen.
And she's done a fine job infusing this breakfast-luncher with the homey bi-ethnic spirit of her Portuguese and Polish fare, from handmade pierogi to the sauteed kale "migas" with black-eyed peas.
The catchy "Yo Cuz" sandwich, though, is an homage to the luncheonette's new clientele. Liskowicz welcomes policemen from the nearby Third District in her place - something her predecessor, the colorful Carman Luntz, refused to do.
"Yo Cuz" is how one of Liskowicz's delighted new customers would always greet her. So she honored him with a double fistful of comfort - a crisp chicken cutlet sandwiched between the puff of two bacon-cheddar waffles drizzled with jalapeño-maple yogurt butter.
It's one tasty mouthful of "Welcome to the neighborhood!"
- Craig LaBan