Feijoada recs in SGV/Pasadena/Downtown L.A.
Just got back from a trip to Rio and I already miss the Brazilian food.
Any recommendations for Brazilian restaurants in the San Gabriel Valley or Pasadena area that prepare great feijoada? Downtown L.A. is also okay, although I'd prefer Pasadena or other parts of the San Gabriel Valley.
taste of brazil (4840 huntington drive in el sereno) has fantastic feijoada -- dense, savory, and hearty, best consumed slowly on a lazy afternoon with friends. their other menu items are well worth trying too.
jonathan gold describes the dish thus:
"Feijoada, South America’s cassoulet, is the improbable national dish of Brazil — a bowl of black beans and various gelatin-rich animal parts with the ability to glue your lips together at the distance of 10 paces and the approximate molecular density of lead. You’ve seen those cross-section displays of La Brea Tar Pit excavations, cores of asphalty goo that support incredible matrices of tiger skulls and mouse skeletons and mammoth femurs. A proper feijoada looks a little like that. If you saw a rogue feijoada in the middle of your lawn, you’d call 911, and a hazmat team would be at your door within minutes."
Nothing that I know of in SGV (or Pasadena or even downtown). Two places that I've had it were all on the westside.
Cafe Brasil (weekends only) and Zabumba. Neither place makes the stew as smoky as what you'll get in Brazil, but here in the States it'll probably have to do.
10831 Venice Blvd.
Los Angeles (Palms area)
10714 Venice Blvd
This Taste of Brazil place sounds interesting. That address is in the El Sereno area, which is just west of Alhambra or so. I've already been to Zabumba, and I'd prefer to stay local, so I'll likely be trying out Taste of Brazil instead of Cafe Brasil.
In fact, I just did a Google search and came up with Jonathan Gold's review from a year ago:
Sounds pretty good. I'll try to check it out sometime this week for dinner.