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cajon13 Jul 13, 2009 01:33 PM

I had happy hour Friday at Rio's Brazilian on Trinity and 6th. Great apps and Brazilian drinks. Wanted to share.

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    sambamaster Feb 23, 2010 08:22 AM

    Just a note or two on language: "tapas" don't exist in Brazilian cuisine. Try Spain! Salgadinho is a generic term for savory (salgado=salted) snacks which can range from the fried "pastel" stuffed with cheese or meat, to "coxinhas de galinha" which are formed "thighs" of chopped chicken and breading, to kibbe which is one of the most prevalent snacks in Brazilian "bars" which are basically open to the street cafes serving beer, pinga (cachaça), coffee, juices and salgadinhos, among other things.

    For what it's worth, sauces do not constitute a part of the salgadinho experience for the most part....the most common condiment is some sort of red pepper sauce, like Tabasco (often that brand). So whatever sauces they are serving are probably a function of creative license. just sayin'

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      heyzeus212 Feb 17, 2010 06:26 AM

      Rio Brazillian Cafe has apparently re-opened as a stand alone restaurant at Pleasant Valley and 4th. CarterB and I went with our respective wives last week. It was my first experience with salgadinhos, which are akin to savory kolaches. I'll concede that I'm no expert on Brazillian cuisine.

      The restaurant is tiny - I think four tables right now - but clean and modern in style. It's a nice unpretentious place to dine in, and several people picked up take-out orders while we were there. They also have a drive through for coffee and breakfast salgadinhos, which I want to try some day.

      The sampler plate came with pairs of several of the salgadinhos, along with yucca fries. This, plus an order of the delicious yucca-root cheese breads, is perfect for 4 people. The Beef Kibe salgadinho was the most complex and delicious, filled with beef tabouli and a hint of mint. Yucca fries were deliciously seasoned but come off a bit pasty. The other salgadinhos we tried - yucca root and gouda, and chicken - were also warm, doughy and delicious.

      It's a pretty limited menu (some salads and the salgadinhos, basically) but a really enjoyable new dining experience.

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        Carter B. Feb 17, 2010 09:15 AM

        Thanks for the writeup, heyzeus. I think the most disappointing aspect of the meal was the sauces, we sampled all three and I don't really remember any of them.

        I enjoyed all the dishes there and also recommend it for anyone seeking out something different. With Mi Columbia (or is it Casa Columbia--I can't remember the names) and El Zunzal nearby, you have choice of covering Latin America.

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          glorpisgod Feb 17, 2010 12:07 PM

          ate here as well, the sandwich was alright but the salgadinhos are definitely the highlight. havent had their coffee yet

        2. dinaofdoom Jul 14, 2009 04:57 PM

          do you have a link or anything?
          googling only yielded the rio sauce company i am familiar with through greenling.

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            jwynne2000 Jul 16, 2009 01:43 PM

            I think this is what you're looking for:

            http://www.riosofaustin.com/vintage.htm

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              dinaofdoom Jul 16, 2009 02:06 PM

              thanks!

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            txgrl99 Jul 14, 2009 10:44 AM

            Thanks for the tip. I am intrigued.

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