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Who knows Porto Alegre, Brasil?

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I'm here for one month and looking for restaurant ideas beyond churrasco. Let me know!

I found out about a great buffet place today near the Public Market downtown in a 1940 office building. It's on a top floor with views of the river, 25 foot ceilings and beautiful stained glass panels of birds and flowers. The buffet was about 25 reais ($10) and high quality with duck a la orange, filet mignon with mushrooms, salmon with capers, various cheeses, salads etc etc etc plus a great dessert bar, I went with the dark and white chocolate crepe with hot melted chocolate sauce. Good service, simple but elegant with tablecloths.

It's called Berna (like Bern Switzerland) and it's in the Federasul Palacio do Comercio at Largo Visconde de Cairu, 17 Centro on the 7th floor. Very near the Public Market downtown. bernarestaurante@terra.com.br phone is 51.3286.7577

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  1. Well, you are in guacho land.Did you go here yet?
    Vitrine Gaucha http://www.vitrinegaucha.com.br/

    O Engenho-Mineira cuisine
    Cachaceria Agua Doce-cachaca
    Choppe Stubel-German, many Germans in southern Brazil
    Bazcaria-Brazilian pizza

    A couple of suggestions, pizza, portuguese, italian, and german are excellent options in Porto Alegre because of the rich immigrant populations.

    Look for wine bars featuring Brazilian wines, southern Brazil is the wine producing region of Brazil.

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    1. re: streetgourmetla

      RE: streetgourmetla, Good suggestions. The first churrascarias mentioned also have a dance show included, very touristy, but also very "Gaucho" and worth seeing.

    2. Curisu, That place does not exist! Sounded nice though.