Beco das Sardinhas (Rei dos Frangos Maritimos): ""sardine alley" or "the sardine triangle"" Rio de Janeiro Restaurant Tip by Slightly1
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For some reason or other few locals know about this place, or where to find it. It?s in the heart of the Historic Downtown Business District. It?s in the pedestrian area between Rua do Acre and Rua Mayrink Veiga. It?s kinda like a small square with restaurants all around that open up into the square it?s actually a triangle. The tradition started some time in the sixties when a the owners of a Portuguese restaurant started to fry up some sardine fillets for the locals, several others joined and the rest is history, I think there are about six or seven of them in the square to-day. On Friday?s after work the place comes alive, with local?s eating drinking, cavorting and carousing. The specialty of the area is fried Sardines, they are also known as ?chicken of the sea? because of the way they are fried. and so the name of the area ?Sardinias? It?s a great place to hang out, lots of energy, lots of fun, with great Sardines breaded in Cassava flower fried hot on the grill and washed down with a ?Loura Gelada? (I?m not sure how that translates but it?s a local beer) And when the crowd thickens the Samba or Pagode start, the atmosphere becomes electric. I always have so much fun there. It?s one of those little secrets that you hate to share, but just too darn good to keep to yourself.
Directions: The pedestrian area between Rua do Acre and Rua Mayrink Veiga. Every Friday after 6pm.
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