Brazilian cuisine reflects the colors and diversity of flavors of the Latin American country with exciting dishes that are poetry.
With strong influences from Portuguese cuisine added to touches of African, Asian, South American and European cuisine, the dishes awaken the senses as much as the words of Paulo Coelho.
From treats made with fruit harvested in the Amazon, to donuts that resemble those found on the bustling streets of São Paulo, these Brazilian restaurants in Miami promise an experience as exciting as a Neymar goal.
El Toro Loco Churrascaria
This Brazilian gem is known for its attention to detail and high quality meat. Their staff takes the time to explain the menu to you so you can find the perfect dish to satisfy your cravings.
Try the traditional picaña, a cut of meat perfect for grilling Brazilian style. Their Wagyu steak is also outstanding, cooked to perfection. Sides include their brisket tamales, grilled pineapple, and feijoada, a Brazilian-style bean stew with beef and pork. El Toro Loco has spots in Tamiami, Westchester, Hammocks, Kendall and on Calle Ocho.
8444 SW Eighth St., Miami; 305-800-8444 or https://eltorolocochurrascaria.com; Monday to Saturday: 9am-11pm, Sunday: 9am-10pm
El Churrascaso Grill Wynwood
The El Churrascaso Grill food truck will leave you speechless. Its warm atmosphere invites groups of friends and family to enjoy delicious pieces of meat outdoors.
Start with the tostón gaucho, a bed of fried plantains with feta, cranberries, tomatoes and chives topped with your choice of protein. Try their delicious lamb chops, steak cooked your way, or their bacon-wrapped chicken. You can not be wrong. Garlic rice, mashed potatoes, yucca, or fried sweet potatoes are some of the side dishes. They also have a children’s menu.
123 NE 25 St., Miami; 305-807-7387 or https://www.elchurrascasogrill.com; Monday to Thursday: 1 p.m. to midnight, Friday to Sunday: 1 p.m. to 3 a.m.
Triple L Brazilian Foods
If you’re looking for a classic Brazilian street food experience, this is the place. There’s nothing more authentic than hearing its owners chat in Portuguese while going the extra mile to provide first class service.
Try their delicious coxinha, a typical Brazilian dumpling stuffed with shredded chicken and wrapped in teardrop molded flour batter. Definitely order the esfiha, a bun covered with ground beef with onion, tomato, pine nuts and spices. Quibe, meat or cheese pies are also winners. Accompany your meal with a refreshing Brazilian beer. If you want more, the restaurant has a market so you can take the flavor home.
1500 Palm Ave, Hialeah; 786-419-0912 or https://www.facebook.com/triplelbrazilianfoods; Closed Monday, Tuesday to Saturday: 9am-8pm, Sunday: 9am-5pm
This hidden gem in the heart of Brickell is the perfect place to order takeout lunch or dinner. Home cooking will transport you to Brazil without breaking the bank.
They have daily specials like the picaña accompanied by the house salad, served with avocado, tomato, onion, carrot, egg and feta cheese. Accompany it with a bottle of Guaraná Antarctica, a soft drink made in Brazil with the flavor of a bitter fruit native to the Amazon. To sweeten your life, try their dulce de leche cheesecake.
1000 Brickell Ave #139, Miami; 786-803-8652 or https://www.onethousandcafe.com; Monday to Friday: 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Saturday: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Oh My Gosh Brigadeiros
Just like the name, you’re going to say “Oh my God!” when you try the variety of sweets made here. The shop’s specialty is the brigadeiros, a typical Brazilian candy made from condensed milk, cocoa powder, molded into a sphere shape and covered with vermicelli.
To accompany them, try their delicious coffee served in a chocolate-covered mug. If you’re looking for something to beat the heat, you can choose between affogato, a wide variety of milkshakes, or their distinctive brigadeiros ice cream. Celebrate love with a heart-shaped cake topped with dulce de leche, Nutella and brigadeiros.
2205 SW 23rd Ave, Miami; 305-456-8378 or https://www.omgbrigadeiros.com; Monday to Thursday: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.