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Jun 4, 2008 06:11 AM

Brazilian BBQ on Main St., South River?

I'm about to make the semi-annual pilgrammage to visit mom. Last Christmas I noticed a Brazilian BBQ place on Main St. about to open. Has it opened? Is it any good? Any other good Braziian BBQ's in the area? Good Peruvian? Thanking you in advance.

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  1. There is one on Ferry Street opposite the corner crack den and inwards a bit that is good. I haven't tried the one on main street though, not sure if it is open or not.

    1. also, the Mexican place 2 doors in from Obert st. across from the PD is real good if you haven't tried.

      Mom and Dad said you can pass on the new polish place across the bridge in Sayreville.

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      1. re: RPMcMurphy

        My wife and I hit (Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, I remember the name!) Tapatios (!) often for lunch. Yes, I wasn't that impressed w/ the Polish place in Sayreville either. Will be down 6/21 and 7/19, yum. Where's good Italian? Mom just went to The Olive Garden w/ a group from church and wants to take me. I gotta find an alternative!!!!

        1. re: Passadumkeg

          Try Pulcinella - on Bordentown ave just past the Sayreville water tower . They have a liquor license .

          1. re: arpad

            Thanks, I know it, ordered pizzas.

      2. Hi...I just went by it and the open sign was lit...I am so excited because I remember there used to be one about 10 years ago that shut down....I was new in SR and ate there twice and loved the food...I am tryin now to find the number to see if they deliver or if they have an online menu...not sure how long they have been there on Main St...My hubby and I eat out more than in or have food delivered almost daily...we both work long we are always looking for good food and places near by...

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        1. re: icooperguzman

          Please let me know when you try it. Was the other place on Ferry St.? We used to live in Bolivia and near Brazil, and would love some BBQ.

          1. re: Passadumkeg

            There was a Brazilian BBQ place across from the Post Office, next to Otto's Liquors called "Royal". Stange place, seemed like it was once a "luncheonette" type of business, most of the lights were always off, the display cases were mostly empty and I never saw ANYONE eating there or even picking up an order. When I'd call to order, sometimes they'd say "15 minutes" other times "2 hours", but the meals themselves were HUGE- a whole rack of ribs on a bed of rice in a large aluminum tray, with an additional tray of french fries (even, tho' the menu IIRC said "rice *or* fries").

            There was also a place that opened on- pretty sure it was- Ferry St. (on the Jackson end), circa the 1990's, that was somewhat infamous in the local free paper (Suburban?) for serving beer without a license. The local cops said "Not our responsibility" and the ABC said "No one's complained to us". I bought their food once or twice, but gave up on them when I called one day to place an order and I was told, in pretty good but broken and accented English, "No one today speak English. Call back tomorrow." Uh, OK, but I'm kinda hungry *today*....

            1. re: JessKidden

              Thanks Jess, I am aware of both places, but when we were in SR at Xmas time, there was under construction a new Brazilian BBQ, rough opposite the old library, historical society. We'll be back next week and again in July to pick up our eldest son, who lives in Korea, but also lived in Bolivia as a teen and would enjoy some Brazilian Q and other grub. What happened to Mr. Dee's hot dogs in Sayreville? Still feel bad about the mis information on Crown & Anchor.

              1. re: Passadumkeg

                Dee's been downhill since they got rid of the trucks.....

                then they sold it......then someone tried to open another dee's down the highway.....

                you want hot dogs, go to Max's or Windmill in long branch ;)

                Take some time and park in front of Beckers ;) and walk up and down main street and around the corner on ferry streeet....the brazillian place on ferry has pictures of the meals outside on the window haha.

                But...I'd give a try to El Tapito. the mexican place accross from police station.

                I can't eat Royal. The place just looks depressing to me....especially since my grandfather used to own the bar in that place many years ago.

                I'll ride down mainstreet today and check the brazillian place your talking about..... you know they put a Bravo supermarket where ben franklin is/was?

                1. re: RPMcMurphy

                  Yes, I stocked up at the supermarket last Xmas. Boy do we haul a lot of food back up here every time we visit. Hong Kong Supermarket, the Indian one off Ernston Rd. & Rt. 9. Let me know how the Q is. I"m curious, feast or famine?
                  I hit the hot dog stand at Bordentown & Jernee Mill.

                  1. re: Passadumkeg

                    Just at at the Brazilian BBQ on Main (its actually right to the left of the PD, if you are looking at it),

                    Not too bad at all! I told him to fill me up some containers with a taste of everything, and at 6.99 a lb, he did just that, to the tune of 2.6lbs worth of tasting! YUM.

                    I took pictures, I'll post in its own review later tonight. Definitely worth a try and I'm adding it to my regular rotation for sure, but El Tapito directly across the street would still be my first choice.

                    So, my main street south river standing goes.....

                    El Tapito
                    Brazilian country BBQ (i think thats what it's called)
                    Sun Sun
                    The Thai place comes in last for me on Main St. unfortunately......

                    1. re: RPMcMurphy

                      The hot dog stand you refer to by Bordentown is Bear's? The stand with the "35 years of service" sign, yes?

                      If I'm in the mood for a dog in the area I usually go to European Provisions. They cook their own there and you can get the sirloin dogs if you choose, They also have a great assortment of mustards.

                      There's also a new dogspot I noticed off of rt9 if you make a right at the light after the Wendy's (right after the rt34 exit) They seem to do pretty good business. Every time I drive by it's packed though I haven't tried it yet.

                      1. re: RPMcMurphy

                        I agree w/ this ranking, but I haven't been to Sun Sun in more than 20 yrs. The River Thai is a disappointment, the cheap gyro at the Egyptian market is better. I ilved in New Mexico a long time and thoroughly enjoy El Tapito. My kinda place. I enjoy chootin' the chit w/ the locals in Spanish.

                      2. re: Passadumkeg

                        Here are pictures from the brazilian country restaurant


                        you can see the menu by hovering over the image and viewing it larger.

                        1. re: RPMcMurphy

                          Looks like the real deal! Was it as good as it looks? Very reasonable. What is the interior like? BYOB?
                          Can't wait.
                          Szhenkooya (Thank you)

                          1. re: Passadumkeg

                            Interior was actually nicer than I thought, and yep BYOB, but you have to remember it is on main st. south river....but the tables and table clothes are very nice actually....very surprised. I'm sure most of their business is takeout however, but they have a big space with a lot of tables.

                            It was pretty dang good to me but a caveat is I don't really know what "good" brazilian food is.....but the seasonings were good, and the cornmeal with the corn and carrots and boiled eggs in it was awesome.

                            The short ribs were no braised in red wine shortribs was brazilian BBQ.....the sausages were good, and the bacon wrapped pork was good (greatest invention ever, bacon wrapped pork)

                            Pazhalooysta! ;)

                            1. re: RPMcMurphy

                              Great, mom enjoys the hey day of South River and will enjoy eating there, I hope.

                    2. re: Passadumkeg

                      Mr. Dee's failed to pay their taxes and was shut down. It's still closed and deserted... they were not allowed to removed anything from the premises which resulted in 4 of his hot dog carts that were chained outback, to be stolen.