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Brazilian BBQ

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Churrasco-style BBQ has garnered worldwide attention, but rarely do you find it curbside as you do in Brazil. Conveniently named Brazilian BBQ, this food stand (located in a Rite-Aid parking lot) has a variety of cuts to choose from, including Brazilian picanha, linguiça, pork belly, and bacon-wrapped chicken. The grill’s standard picanha plate is the thing to get, and comes with rice, beans, toasted cassava flour (farofa), and vinaigrette. But their picanha sandwich on ciabatta bread with vinaigrette and mozzarella cheese is another barbecue masterpiece we’d (happily) fare the summer heat for.

For a tasty bite that will keep your hunger at bay, try the chicken heart skewer. These salty, meaty bites are a grill-out staple in Brazil and perfect for snacking during a hot outdoor BBQ as you wait for the rest of your food to arrive. The pitmaster also serves cheese skewers, which are similar to cheese curds in taste and texture, and the ideal first course before some tender picanha. You’ll notice that these skewers aren’t on the menu, but trust us, they’re there and waiting for you. In true Brazilian fashion, Brazilian BBQ is only available on the weekends starting on Friday at 4pm, so plan accordingly before making your way over for an outdoor churrasco with all the fixings.

Food Rundown

Picanha Plate

Few cuts of steak nail the meat-to-fat ratio quite like picanha. The tiny bites of buttery fat from the steak’s cap coat your mouth and balance out the beef’s natural savoriness. This plate also comes with farofa and some nicely acidic chunky tomato-onion-bell pepper vinaigrette that cuts through the meat's richness.

Picanha Sandwich

A sturdy ciabatta roll filled with slices of salty picanha, gooey fresh mozzarella, and that briney vinaigrette that really brings everything together. Definitely get this.

Chicken Heart Skewer

These tiny morsels are chewy and salty with a particular metallic aftertaste that, frankly, you either love or hate. We personally love it and think these are a great snacking option as you wait for your picanha plate and listen to the sweet sounds of the 405.

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