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Jan 30, 2007 07:27 AM

South American Restaurant with Decent Atmosphere?

It seems that most South American restaurants I know of are either primarily takeout places, cafeteria-style dining spots, or hole-in-the-wall restaurants, which is all well and good, but I was wondering if there are any that have a more mid-level to upscale atmosphere. Brazilian would be preferred, but I would be ok with Venezuelan, Chilean, or any other South American cuisine. Thanks!

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    1. Doubt it's exactly what you're looking for but: Taranta in the North End, the cuisine of which is "a marriage between Southern Italian Cuisine and Peruvian Cuisine" is very good. I've always enjoyed the food, and I'd describe it as upscale casual.

      Cafe Brazil in Allston is not really a hole-in-the-wall. I thought it had a pleasant atmosphere and great food.

      1. Midwest is nice enough. And the new space for Macchu Picu (sp) in Union Sq. And Orinoco of course.

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        1. re: Joanie

          Hmmm, maybe I'll look into Machu Picchu. So the new digs are pretty nice there?

          1. re: Joanie

            I also thought of Midwest Grill in Inman for Brazilian. It always seemed pretty nice when I used to walk by. Hiddenboston, have you been there? I never have been, but I've heard good things. I've also heard good things about Oasis, never went there either (don't know how that could be, but it's true). Not sure how "nice" it is though.

            I think there are some nicer Brazilian places in Framingham too. Maybe Brazzille like Alice mentioned below. There might be others too, but I'm not familiar with them.

            For Colombian food, El Cafetal and Camino Real in Allston are both okay....I wouldn't call them "hole in the walls" but I wouldn't say they are at all upscale either. So it doesn't quite fit your request, but I have eaten in both and thought they were both good.

            Dave MP

            1. re: Dave MP

              I've tried to go to the Midwest about 10 times now, with something coming up each time. I hope to get there on a Friday night in the next few weeks with a few buddies of mine.

          2. Am I the only one who thinks Rincon Limeno has a sexy as hell atmosphere? Guess so.

            Ole in Inman or its now ex-cousin in Arlington are both nice-ish. Granted, that's Central, rather than South American cooking....

            How about Tango in Arlington? An Argentinean steak house with good steaks and better than average food.

            I'm drawing a blank on mid - upscale Brazilian; sorry.

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            1. re: gini

              Did RL ever expand into the bar next door? I was there before this & we were elbow to elbow in this little, nondescript storefront.

              1. re: Taralli

                Don't think so. I was there a couple of weeks ago, on my way to the airport, and it was just a little storefront with a couple of Peruvian families (you can tell by the Inka Cola :) at Formica tables. I agree with gini, though, that this is a fantastic atmosphere but not, I think, what hiddenboston had in mind. Ceviche was damn fine too, although I would have liked a little more potato or sweet potato to go along with it as a foil for the lemony goodness of the fish. There was a lot of liquid so I'm not sure if it would make it through airport security...

            2. Brazzille in Framingham(?) Heard good things from someone at work. Sounds a bit more upscale than the usual Churascaria.

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              1. re: a l i c e

                Brasileria, I think...Same atmosphere as cafe Belo, steam tables, serve yourself, and plywood paneling on the walls.

                1. re: galleygirl

                  Oops, sounds like you're talking about a totally different restaurant, after reading Ituanas's post below...sorry for the mix-up....