sizzling skewers of juicy meat: "street meat" Rio de Janeiro Restaurant Tip by rkearns

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so i have been to porcao, and it's great!!! i wouldn't advise eating the sushi, but it's top notch in terms of what they're good at...

but for another (cheaper) option, i would just wander through copa after say, ten at night and sample the street meat...
carts that serve sizzling meat on a stick, rolled in that lovely dry and truly brazilian manioc flour called farofa. don't like beef? oh there's more. shrimp on a stick. its usually served by vendors on the beach during the day but you can also find it at night. they're tender full shell shrimp grilled with a little salt and a slather of lime. i wouldn't pay more than R$5 for two, but they'll try to screw ya. brazil knows its economy thrives on tourism, especially on that maravilhosa mile of copacabana, where all the realities of impoverished brazilians are overshadowed by a giant concrete statue of christ.

the meat is cheap, hot, and filling, and nothing says more about a culture's cuisine than street food. outside of what mom makes, it's what's for dinner. just thinking of it reminds me of the smell of the red hot coals with chunks of soft beef wrapped on a stick, glistening with fat.

Price Comparison: least expensive
Price: less than US$10
Rating: 5
Theme: Local

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  • Written Jan 25, 2010
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