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Brazil is a huge country, with several distinct regional cuisines and ethnic specialties. Feijoada, the typical Carioca dish (pronounced fay-show-ah-dah), is a tasty stew of black beans and pork. It has an interesting origin. In the colonial years it was prepared by African slaves, using pork leftovers that their Portuguese masters wouldn't eat, such as the ears and tail. Feijoada is not hot, but it's sort of heavy. It is served with a number of side dishes, including sliced oranges,  cold cuts, farofa (stir-fried manioc flour), couve mineira (thinly sliced kale), and white rice. Casa da Feijoada, in Ipanema, serves feijoada every day. Other restaurants serve feijoada on Saturdays, and the one at Caesar Park is a favorite. According to specialists, a good caipirinha helps digestion (good excuse). The national drink is a mix of cachaça, crushed lemon or lime, ice and sugar.

Seafood prepared Bahia style is the specialty of Siri Mole & Cia, that had Mick Jagger among its customers. Enjoy shrimp, lobster, stuffed crab shells, moquecas, caldinho de sururu, and regional desserts. Yorubá, in Botafogo, is worth the 10-minute taxi ride. The fish with coconut milk and shrimp sauce, bobós, and cocadas for dessert are some of the suggestions.

The other Brazilian state that has a very famous cuisine is Minas Gerais, with country specialties. À Mineira, in Botafogo, is an excellent choice - you can eat all you want for the same price! Pork torresmo and lombinho, chicken with okra, bean tutu, homemade sweets, indulge.

Guimas in Gávea  has a loyal following, and a tradition of 20 years. The codfish lasagna, file bêbado (drunken filet), and the selection of Portuguese wines are some of the attractions. If you are in the Downtown area, Colombo provides a unique experience. A reminiscent of Rio's Belle Époque, it was built in 1894. Enjoy a tea or brunch on the luxurious ground floor, or go up the stairs for a gourmet lunch on restaurant Cristovão.

Bracarense was an unpretentious neighborhood cafe on the main street of Leblon until it was elected the best botequim in Rio three years in a row! With a tradition of 50 years, they still serve some of the best homemade Brazilian food you will ever eat. It's perfect for a light meal with a cold draft, after the beach. Order portions of empadas (shrimp, crab or chicken), bolinhos de bacalhau (cod fish croquettes), and by all means, the famous bolinhos de aipim, with manioc, melted Catupiry cheese, and shrimp. For Northeastern specialties you may try Arataca, nearby in Cobal, or Cantinho do Leblon. Use the map below to find your way around!

Brazilian Cuisine Restaurants in Rio de Janeiro - Location Map of Insider's Favorites

01. Brasileirinho Ipanema Rua Jangadeiros, 10
2513-5184
02. Cafe dos Autores Ipanema Rua Visconde de Piraja, 273 Lj A
2287-4080
03. Casa Da Feijoada Ipanema Rua Prudente de Morais, 10 B
2523-4994
04. Doce Delicia Ipanema Rua Anibal de Mendonca, 55 C
2259-0239
05. Espelunca Chic Ipanema Rua Maria Quiteria, 46
2247-8609
06. Fazendola Ipanema Rua Jangadeiros,14 Lj B
2247-9600
07. Guimas Ipanema Rua Paul Redfern, 33
2529-8300
08. Siri Mole & Cia Ipanema Rua Francisco Otaviano, 50
2267-0894
09. Academia da Cachaca Leblon Rua Conde de Bernadote, 26
2239-1542
10. Arataca Leblon Rua Gilberto Cardoso s/n loja 4
2512-6249
11. Bar Jobi Leblon Rua Ataulfo de Paiva, 1166 B
2274-0547
12. Bracarense Leblon Rua Jose Linhares, 85 B
2294-3549
13. Cantinho do Leblon Leblon Rua Dias Ferreira, 482 C
2294-0946
14. Conversa Fiada Leblon Rua Ataulfo de Paiva, 900 Lj B
2512-9767
15. Degrau Leblon Av. Ataulfo de Paiva, 517 B
2259-3648
16. Diagonal Grill Leblon Rua Aristides Espinola,88 Lj B
2294-4298
17. Galeto do Leblon Leblon Rua Dias Ferreira, 154
2294-3997
18. Plataforma Leblon Rua Adalberto Ferreira, 32
2274-4022
19. Seu Martin Leblon Av. Gal San Martin,1196
2274-0800
20. Estacao Minas Copa Rua Figueiredo de Magalhaes, 131
2255-8995
21. Forno e Fogao Copa Av.Atlantica, 3716
2525-2070
22. Rei do Caranguejo Copa Rua Barata Ribeiro, 771
2235-1249
23. A Mineira Botafogo Rua Visconde Silva, 152
2266-0520
24. Adega da Velha Botafogo Rua Paulo Barreto, 25
2286-2176
25. Aurora Botafogo Rua Capitao Salomao, 43
2527-8880
26. Botequim Botafogo Rua Visconde de Caravelas, 184
2286-3391
27. O Plebeu Botafogo Rua Capitao Salomao, 50
2286-0699
28. Via Brasil Botafogo Rua Sorocaba, 305
2266-9225
29. Yoruba Botafogo Rua Arnaldo Quintela, 94
2541-9387
30. Lamas Flamengo Rua Marques de Abrantes, 18
2556-0799
31. Severyna Laranjeiras Rua Ipiranga, 54
2556-9398
32. Tasca do Edgar Laranjeiras Rua Mario Portela, 16
2558-5582
33. Aprazivel Santa Teresa Rua Aprazivel, 62
2508-9174
34. Espirito Santa Santa Teresa Rua Almirante Alexandrino, 264
2508-7095
35. Adega Timao Centro Rua Visconde de Itaborai, 10
2253-3549
36. Colombo Centro Rua Goncalves Dias, 32
2221-0107
37. Dito e Feito Centro Rua do Mercado, 21
2242-8357
38. Taberna do Juca Centro Rua Mem de Sa, 65
2221-9839
39. Chapeu de Couro Sao Cristovao Pavilhao de Sao Cristovao
3860-4668
40. Balcao da Roca Barra Shopping Downtown, bl. 20, Lj 114
2495-6686
41. Devassa Barra Av. Armando Lombardi, 483
2494-7626
42. Quatro Estacoes Barra Ilha da Coroa, 20
2493-4444
43. Quatro Sete Meia Guaratiba Rua Barros de Alarcao, 476
2417-1716
 
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