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