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If you are going to Rio, here are some of my favorite places to eat:
Aconchego Carioca is rickety bar in Rio located at a not so touristy area, but worth the trip. Katia Barbosa, the chef and owner prepares the famous bolinho de feijoada, which is a fritter version of the Feijoada stew. The restaurant also boasts a good selection of beers, including numerous domestic offerings.
Rua Barão de Iguatemi, 379
Praça da Bandeira
Tel: (55 21)2273-1035
Located at a perfect corner of Leblon, Jobi represents the quintessential carioca spirit. For over 50 years this place has been enchanting the city with its impeccably Portuguese cuisine prepared in a tiny little kitchen that nonetheless serves extraordinary food.
Avenida Ataulfo de Paiva, 1,166/ Loja B
Leblanc, Tel: (55 21) 2274-0547
Chico & Alaide
Chico & Alaide serves some of the best Petiscos (Brazilian tapas) and chopp (beer). The owners are as charismatic with their food as with their smile. Take a seat at one of the tables lining the street outside and enjoy some of the best finger food in Rio.
Rua Dias Ferreira 679,
Olympe, from French chef Claude Troisgros a more refined dining option in Rio, perfect for that special evening meal. He focused on the fusion between French cuisine and Brazilian ingredients and the result is just super.
Rua Custodio Serrao 62,
Iraja combines good service, reasonable prices and a modern take on typical Brazilian dishes to create a winning formula. The desserts, in particular the hot chocolat brigadeiro cake, have a fantastic reputation throughout the city.
Rua Conde de Iraja, 109
Zuka fits all the occasions. It is packed day and night. The chef Ludimilla Soeiro is very creative and on top of every dish that comes out of the kitchen.
Rua Dias Ferreira 233 B
If you are wondering why a Spanish tapas bar has made into this Rio list, I will tell you that this is one of the few botequins that have embraced the spirit of Rio combined with Spanish influences as heartedly as Venga.
Rua Dias Ferreira, 113/Loja B
Leblon Tel: (55 21) 2512-9826
Rua Garcia D’Avila 147/Loja B
Ipanema tel (55 21) 2247-0234
Academia da Cachaça
If Caipirinha has a birth restaurant, then Academia da Cachaça is the turf. The fragrance of the national cocktail drips from the glasses as waiters carries dancing trays. You can choose among a wide variety of cachaças, from Magnifica to Seleta to Leblon cachaça.
Rua Conde Bernardote, 26/ Loja G
Leblanc, Tel: (55 21) 2239-1542
Under the leadership of Vera and Bete Afonso, this tiny place in Copacabana has a spot in the carioca’s heart. Pavão Azul specializes in comfort home food, as if you are eating a dish prepared by your carioca grandmother.
Rua Hilário de Gouveia, 71- A
Tel: (55 21) 2236-2381
No matter what time of the day, or night, tables at Bracarense are always occupied. If you look around you’ll see a mix of regulars, beachcombers, straight from the office people, and oil-business-man from all over the world who now call Rio home. A squad of speedy waiters keep the beer flowing while also distributing Bracarense’s signature’s bar delicacies, which are devoured piping hot.
Rua José Linhares , 85-B
Leblanc, Tel: (55 21) 2294-3549
Filet de Ouro
Just as you cannot go to Bahia and not eat Acarajé, you cannot go to Filet de Ouro and not eat Filet Osvaldo Aranha, a simple piece of Filet Mignon topped with golden fried garlic accompanied by rice, potatoes and farofa (toasted manioc flour).
Filet de Ouro
Rua Jardim Botânico, 731
Jardim Botânico Tel (55 21) 2259-2396
Braseiro da Gávea
If one restaurant can represent an entire neighborhood, then that it the case of Braseiro da Gavea, the highlight of this neighborhood: Gávea. It captures the bohemian atmosphere of the place and the flamboyance of the carioca crowd.
Braseiro da Gávea
Praça Santos Dumont, 166
Gávea, Tel (55 21) 2239-7494
It’s certainly impossible not to be swayed by the amount of sausages offered at Rio’s botequins. Enchendo Linguiça, however is the “it” place for sausage lovers. The name translates to stuffing sausage and apparently that is what they do all they long.
Av. Engel Richard, 02-loja A
Grajaú, Tel: (55 21) 2576-5727
Oro, by chef Felipe Bronze, opened in October 2010 and took Rio by storm. Other chefs in Brazil have embarked on a smiliar path, but Oro stands out. It reaches a level of art in cooking, an idealization of ingredient interpretation.
Rua Frei Leandro, 20
Jardim Botanico, Rio de Janeiro
Tel: (55 21) 7864-9622
Pipo opened doors in July of 2013, bringing him back to Rua Dias Ferreira, and offering culinary delights in a looser way, more in sync with the culture and current economy of Rio de Janeiro.
Rua Dias Ferreira, 64
Tel (55 21) 2239-9322