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With a clientele of artists, poets and musicians, this restaurant is famous for serving late night meals. After an evening out, people come from all over to enjoy the sandwiches. Established in 1959, Cervantes offers what some people say are the best sandwiches in Rio, especially the ham/pork with pineapple filling. The décor is simple, with a counter for sandwiches at the front and a sitting area in the back for hot meals.
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.
Part deli, part bakery, and part coffee shop, Talho Cabixaba has been serving up superior sandwiches and delicious desserts for over 60 years. Sandwiches here are made to order - customers can take their pick from a mouthwatering array of ciabattas, croissants, focaccias and other specialist breads. Choices of fillings include smoked salmon, buffalo mozzarella, Parma ham, grilled eggplant, brie and more. Fresh salads are also popular options, while quiches and savory pastries are convenient orders to go. Desserts here are also excellent – try the tart of chocolate mousse and nuts for a real treat.
Located a few blocks down from the Pepê beach, this is a great place for a delicious start, or relaxing end, to the day. Menu options include breakfast, lunch and anytime foods, with several varieties of sandwiches (chicken and other types) and hamburgers, in addition to healthier options such as salads, pastas and natural, fresh-squeezed juices. Don't let the relaxed attitude fool you, though, as the food is always well-prepared and tasty. Seating is available inside and out. - Mark Bures