BRAZIL: Largo do Machado, Rio de Janeiro
I´m at the beginning of a 6-month stay in Rio, and am currently staying right by the Largo do Machado metro. Any suggestions for good, budget eats near here? There are a ton of juice bars but they all seem to have the same greasy, salty options. Any suggestions for decent lunch or dinner places that have food a couple notches higher on the quality meter without busting the budget would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
I'm sorry to say but Largo do Machado is really a very difficult place for restaurants. There is a very tradicional place close by: LAMAS, Rua Marques de Abrantes 18. It is a very traditional restaurant and I don't think it is very expensive. The other one worth mentioning is a "by the kilo "restaurant, where you pay by the weight of what you put on your plate( it is buffet-style) . Don't get discouraged by this, since there are some quite good options around town, and one of them is very close to you, OKLAHOMA (I know the name is not very inspiring but give it a try!!!) Rua Senador Vergueiro 35. I hope this helps!!
Looks like you are staying in Flamengo, if that helps.Porcao, the churrascaria, is located in Flamengo right next to the ocean.The setting and rodizio are sublime.
As far as the sucos(juice)spots and the lanchonete style greasy spoons, what is the problem? I dream about those coxinhas, empadas, joelhos, esfihas, bolinhos
and risoles.A suco de maracuja and a couple of risoles makes for a true Carioca experience, well, one of them anyway.A portion of picanha with rice, beans, and a Skol? Yum.
Well, besides Porcao, I'm sure others will know of some great dining options in and around Flamengo.Boa sorte!