Of course, Rio de Janeiro is full of great restaurants where you can find international cuisine. But, if you`re interested in tasting some local dishes, it`s a good list. Take a look and check what to eat during your visit to the "cidade maravihosa"
Feijoada is the brazilian most typical dish. This rich bean and meat stew is served with rice or farofa (made from toasted cassava flour) and a regular part of most Brazilians plans.
It’s a mix of black beans and several cuts of meat with the more traditional ones containing almost every part of the pig, yet it’s more common to find ones with just rib meat, sausage, and meaty chunks. It’s served with farofa (cassava flour), shredded kale, rice, and oranges to squeeze over the top. Food doesn’t get much heartier than this.
The churrascaria is may be, the most famous type of restaurant in Brazil. They usually called Rodizio, which means "rotation". Ib`s basically meat that servers bring around to each of the tables at the restaurant. At a churrascaria , guests pay a flat fee upon entering the restaurant and receive a card that is green on one side and red on the other. If the guest turns the green side over, waiters bring huge racks of grilled meats to each table, allowing guests to pick as many meats as they would like, while the red side will stop the flow of meat from arriving. Fogo de Chao is one of Rio's most famous churrascarias.
The Pao de Queijo (Cheese Bread)
A popular breakfast item for the brazilians is the pao de queijo, a stuffed bread roll made from tapioca flour and filled with melted cheese. You can find the pao de queijo throughout Rio, but the most famous franchise is Casa de Pao de Queijo where the pao de queijo always tastes flaky and hot. It`s amazing!
Tapioca comes from the north of Brazil yet gained popularity in Rio for being a tasty and healthy alternative to bread. Made from the starch of the cassava root, it’s a great option for those who avoid eating gluten. It is usually sold in the mobile stalls that are concentrated in the south zone and center of the city, however, the flour can be bought at supermarkets and is easy to make at home. It’s cooked like a pancake then wrapped around a choice of filling, such as ham and cheese.
Juice bars in Rio de Janeiro are very common. Just take a walk along the beaches and you will find them. These bars offers a great diversity of fresh juices plus chopped fresh fruit in cups, perfect for eating any time of the day.
Most juice vendors specialize in açai juices, a must-eat indulgence when in Rio. The acai (pronounced ah-sigh-ee) berry is one of the world's superfoods because it has a higher concentration of antioxidants than other similar berries like cranberries, blueberries, and strawberries. The acai berry is grown on acai palms in South America and native to Brazil. Because the berry itself is sour, juice bars blend the acai fruit with ice and sugar to create a smoothie consistency and serve the acai smoothie with or without granola or topped with other fruits. It's delicious, healthy, and the perfect way to cool down on a hot day in Rio.
The brigadeiro is made by combining condensed milk, cocoa, and butter, and rolled into balls and surrounded with chocolate sprinkles. The brigadeiro is Brazil's most famous dessert, enjoyed everywhere from birthday parties to family reunions, across regions and regardless of socio-economic level. These little chocolate balls are definitely a must-eat while in Rio.
Caipirinha and Cachaça Drinks
Brazil’s most famous drink, Caipirinha, is a light and refreshing cocktail prepared using cachaça, lime juice and sugar. For the non-traditionalist, most bars also offer concoctions using different fruits, flavours and styles of presentation.
Cachaça is the spirit of Brazil, made from fermented sugarcane juice, and the key ingredient in a Caipirinha. Cachaça is a complex drink with different flavours and many individual ways of making it. As a result, there are more than 5,000 brands of cachaça in Brazil but the first one was Ypióca, launched between the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century.