Miami is a very Latin-influenced city, with residents originating from many Central and South American countries. It makes sense then that there would be a variety of cuisines brought here – including Brazilian food. From small, homey restaurants to fancy steakhouses, Miami’s best Brazilian food comes in all shapes and sizes. — Kimberly Porte
916 N.E. 79th Street
Miami, FL 33138
In Brazil, a “boteco” is a hangout spot for locals. Boteco restaurant, in northern Miami, aims to be just that. Open for lunch and dinner seven days a week, Boteco has a low-key ambiance with the majority of seats located at picnic tables out on a bamboo roof-covered lawn. There is often live Brazilian music playing and traditional Brazilian cocktails, such as a caipirinha, being served for reasonable prices. The menu is mostly made up of “petisco de botecos” or tapas-style appetizers. The six-pack of empanadas stuffed with a variety of beef, shrimp and hearts of palm are always a winner. Boteco is usually very busy and filled with energy, so be prepared for a crowd when visiting.
Fogo de Chao
836 1st Street
Miami Beach, FL 33139
Fogo de Chao is a Brazilian steakhouse, or “churrascuria,” located on Miami Beach and awarded the “Best Brazilian Restaurant” by the Miami NewTimes in 2009. Open for lunch and dinner seven days a week, Fogo de Chao is a fixed-price deal. If you’re a fan of huge slabs of meat, it is a great deal. Servers come around to tables with a variety of cuts of meat on skewers, and diners can indulge in whatever amount they choose. Overall, Fogo de Chao offers 15 cuts, from beef ancho to pork sausage to leg of lamb. And if you don’t want to overload on protein, there is also an extensive salad bar to pick at.
901 Brickell Plaza
Miami, FL 33130
Grimpa Steakhouse is another Brazilian-styled “churrascaria,” located in downtown Miami. Patrons arrive at dinner and can immediately browse selections from the hot and cold buffet, which includes salad, dressings, vegetable medleys, bread, black beans, fried bananas, cheeses, fruits and more. Once seated, the wait staff will continually come around offering up selections of meat whenever your plate looks empty or whenever you wave them down if you just can’t wait to try that next slab of flank steak, baby beef, salmon or pork loin. There is also an a la carte menu if you know that you just can’t handle that much meat. Grimpa Steakhouse also offers patio dining, which is nice as Miami often has beautiful weather.