The Olympics start tomorrow, and if you aren’t getting on a plane to Rio, you might be feeling the sting of being left out. But there are plenty of gold medal spots around metro Atlanta that will get you in the Brazilian spirit before you tune in to see your country of choice vie for a top prize.
Brazilian Bakery Cafe
The menu includes several traditional dishes including pasteis, a fried pastry with different fillings, and tortas, Brazilian pies filled with chicken and other fillings, as well as a variety of pastries.
Brazilian Bakery Cafe, 1260 Powers Ferry Rd. SE, Marietta. 770-818-0088, brazilianbakerycafe.com
Porto Brasil Restaurant
This by-the-pound Brazilian buffet that changes daily features dishes including beef with yucca, codfish with rice and tropical beans and desserts such as papya dulce and passion fuit mousse.
Porto Brasil Restaurant, 7887 Roswell Rd., Atlanta. 770-390-2280, portobrasilrestaurant.com
Sabor do Brasil
The menu changes daily and includes dishes such as fried yucca, roast chicken and traditional Brazilian side dishes.
Sabor do Brasil, 2858 Delk Rd., Marietta. 770-541-2625,
Located down the street from Fogo de Chao is this Brazilian steakhouse that opened in 2015. In addition to the meat, look for strong caipirinha cocktails and baskets of hot-from-the-oven pāo de queijo, those steamy cheese rolls.
Chama Gaucha, 3365 Piedmont Rd., Atlanta. 404-842-0011, chamagaucha.com
Fire of Brazil
Another Brazilian steakhouse that caters to the downtown crowd and features several different kinds of meat and a salad bar with seafood salads, grilled vegetables and more.
Fire of Brazil, 218 Peachtree St. NW, Atlanta. 404-525-5255, fireofbrazil.com
Fogo de Chao
The Brazilian steakhouse opened its first metro Atlanta location in Buckhead in 2001 and is adding a second in Dunwoody by the end of the year. Look for a variety of meats and a “market table” that offers up Brazilian side dishes and grilled vegetables.
Fogo de Chao, 3101 Piedmont Rd. NE, Atlanta. 404-266-9988, fogodechao.com/location/atlanta
The Grill from Impanema
Choose from a variety of meats and a salad bar that serves up traditional Brazilian dishes.
The Grill from Impanema, 4055 Old Milton Pkwy., Alpharetta. 770-864- 1126, ipanemasteakhouse.com
Red & Green Steakhouse
In addition to the Brazilian steakhouse staples, this Buford Highway spot offers a hot bar with dishes from around the world and dessert options including Brazilian flan.
Red & Green Steakhouse, 5979 Buford Hwy. NE, Atlanta. 678-710-0888, redandgreensteakhouse.com