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Located on Rua Conde de Irajá is one of the most popular restaurants in the city, Irajá Gastrô. A project headed by Chef Pedro de Artagão, the restaurant serves up a contemporary take on traditional Brazilian cuisine. Sporting a relaxed, informal vibe and cool interiors to match, the joint is often swarming with locals, which is why, reservations are highly recommended. Offering colorful and gorgeous-looking dishes with intense Latin American flavor, the place is an absolute must visit!
The word gringo is an inoffensive South American term for foreigners, and this restaurant is aimed at the expat community as well as curious locals. The menu aims to offer well-made versions of classic American dishes to prove that American food is about more than junk food. The breakfast here are a hit with tourists from North America, with a range of options including eggs (scrambled, boiled, poached, or fried) with hash browns, bacon and a choice of fresh bread. Pancakes, waffles and French toast are also on the breakfast menu. Lunch and evening options include a range of salads and sandwiches, light bites such as dips, and, of course, the classic American cheeseburger.
Established in 1993, this branch of the famous Joe & Leo's in Leblon serves hearty burgers that are freshly made with ground beef and various seasoning without adding any preservatives or fat. The modern western saloon design adds to the American influence of this burger joint which has has a wide variety of hamburgers to choose from. You can also try the pizzas, sandwiches and veggie delights if you are not into burgers. Happy hours are on from Monday to Friday every week from 5p till 8p.
Zuka offers a smart but relaxed dining experience without pretension either in the restaurant itself, nor on the menu. The lunchtime menu changes regularly but the reassuringly ever-present burgers are some of the best you will find anywhere in Rio. By night as the mood changes and the lights dim, complimentary starters of soup shots' get this started nicely. Excellent seafood, pastas and risotto make Zuka an excellent destination on a street that isn't short on options.
Nestled on the busy Francisco Otaviano street, Reserva T.T. Burger opened its doors in August 2013, delighting the people of Rio with sumptuous burgers. This restaurant is the first venture by Thomas Troisgros, grandchild of the renowned French chef Claude Troisgros. Reserva T.T. Burger aims at offering guests a Brazilian take on the typical American burger. Local spices and sauces are used in the preparation of every burger, resulting in a flavorsome meat-filled goodness.