Restaurants of Rio

garota_de_ipanema.jpgThe food in Brazil is incredibly good and Rio offers some of the best restaurants in the country, with a selection of regional cuisines that encompasses the entire country, plus you can find every type of ethnic food imaginable and often times even Chinese food can taste as good as anywhere in the world due to the quality and freshness of the ingredients.
One of my favorite places to eat and drink is the Garota de Ipanema, sure it’s a bit of a tourist trap because of the song “Girl from Ipanema” but seriously the restaurant is really excellent and it’s super casual being just a couple of blocks from Ipanema beach. You can grab a good window seat near the corner if your timing is good and then watch all the Cariocas trudging home from the beach at the end of the day. The draft beer is cold and frothy however the caipirinhas might be as good as you’ll find anywhere but the main attraction is the great food, especially the Picanha, which is thinly sliced beef rump that you grill yourself, right at your table, on a hotplate similar to a hibachi bar-b-que.
The Garota de Ipanema Restaurant is an authentic place of Rio since 1945. From the beginning, it was a place where the Bohemians of Rio de Janeiro used to get together during the golden years. The Garota de Ipanema became a tourist attraction in 1966 when the journalist Mário Peixoto published the first edition of the local newspaper Jornal de Ipanema. Its first editorial meeting took place at the Garota de Ipanema. The paper talked about everything, but mainly about poetry, in particular poetry from Ipanema. Today, the Garota de Ipanema still attracts local people as well as tourists from all over the world, who once heard the story about a beautiful girl that walked to the sea, swinging and swaying like a samba, as she was admired by a very special poet.