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Botecos—for Drinks and Snacks

Rio’s answer to the take-away corner diner, botecos and botequims are unpretentious neighborhood holes-in-the-wall and sidewalk pubs. As with anything this ubiquitous, quality varies greatly. Chef Roland Villard of Le Pré Catelan in Copacabana recommends his favorites:

NOVA CAPELA (Rua Mem de Sá, 96)
“A traditional boteco in Lapa famous for not closing until dawn. Try the cabrito assado, roasted goat with broccoli rice; the meat is marinated for four hours before it goes in the oven.”  

CHICO & ALAÍDE (Rua Dias Ferreira, 679)
“A popular botequim in Leblon. I recommend the appetizer Tô te vendo (I see you), made with shrimp, manioc cream, and gratinéed cheese. It goes really well with Brazilian pepper sauce and a cold beer.”

“At ACONCHEGO CARIOCA (Rua Barão de Iguatemi, 379) in Praça da Bandeira, I always order etiscos (snack foods) like bolinho de feijoada, a type of fried-bean ball stuffed with spring greens.”

“Not many Cariocas are used to going to CADEG (Rua Capitão Félix, 110), the state-run market, to have a pleasant meal, but it has been revitalized and is now full of good restaurants, like Barsa. Its specialty is oven-baked cod, and on Sundays there is live chorinho and samba.”


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