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Where to Find the Best Feijoada in Rio de Janeiro

Where to Find the Best Feijoada in Rio de Janeiro

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Feijoada is arguably Brazil’s national dish, a lofty position for what is basically bean and pork stew. What’s important about having a good feijoada is less about the dish itself and more about everything that surrounds it. When you eat feijoada you are headed to a party. It’s a social occasion with lots of food and people to share it with (and you’ll need them). Oh, and as a bonus, the feijoada itself is really tasty.

We were introduced to the dish in Rio de Janeiro at the Casa da Feijoada. They have been preparing feijoada feasts for over 20 years in the Ipanema area of Rio, so we knew we were in good hands.

Casa da Feijoada

Casa da Feijoada

Not long after we sat down, the food started arriving. We were given a cup of warm bean soup, some cheeses and slices of sausage and olives while we decided on our feijoada. Oh, and of course we opted to order caipirinhas (Brazil’s national drink) to go along with it.

Caipirinha Cocktail

Caipirinha Cocktail

Next we were offered a variety of cuts of meat to add to our bean stew. Let’s see, shall we go for the tourist version (standard sausage) or go daring: pig tail, ears, tongue anyone? While I understand that these “parts” add a lot of flavor, we opted for the tourist version with “normal” cuts of meat. Maybe next time…

Feijoida, without the extra parts

Feijoida, without the extra parts

After the still bubbling feijoada was set on the table, side dishes started to show up – and stack up. We had rice, fried yucca, slices of orange (which are supposed to help with digestion), sautéed greens, crispy pork rinds and fried cassava (a staple side dish in Brazil – think a sort of flavorful corn meal).

Casa da Feijoada Side Dishes

Side dishes piling up

Everything was REALLY good. We were informed that actually start cooking the beans at 8:00 p.m. the previous night, and add in the meats at midnight. It slow cooks until the next afternoon. Most typically feijoada is considered an afternoon feast, but they also serve it for dinner. I’m glad we opted for the late afternoon – feijoada isn’t a light meal.

Even the coffee they served us at the end was festive. I had never seen one of these table side coffee makers before.

table side coffee

Table side coffee

And lastly, a sampling of local flavors like guava paste and cheese, to round it all out. Presented by the always smiling manager of the restaurant. I wondered if this guy ever has a bad day? And for the record, mine on this day was a very good one too.

Dessert and a smile

Dessert and a smile

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Thank you to the Casa da Feijoada for hosting us for this lunch. Our opinions remain our own.

Jenny @ Till the Money Runs Out

Sunday 27th of September 2015

I have to agree with everyone else - that coffeemaker is too cool looking! It looks like something you'd find in a mad scientist's lab.

Jen

Monday 28th of September 2015

I know - I wasn't sure what to make of it when they brought it over. Wonderful presentation and the coffee was fantastic too.

Jennifer @ Made all the Difference Travel Blog

Wednesday 23rd of September 2015

I want one of those table side coffee makers and I don't drink coffee. It just looks cool. I love Caipirinha. They are so much better than other drinks.

Jen

Wednesday 23rd of September 2015

The coffee maker was really cool and a nice touch at the end of the meal. And I agree - Caipirinhas are REALLY good!

Kristi Trimmer

Monday 21st of September 2015

Of course, I want to know what is in that caipirinhas - looks refreshing and delicious!! I need to get to Brazil for the food, I see.

Jen

Wednesday 23rd of September 2015

I have a recipe for the Caipirinha cocktail right here: https://www.venturists.net/brazilian-caipirinha-cocktail/

LeAnna

Sunday 20th of September 2015

So much of travel, in my opinion, is getting to know the culture, which food can be a huge part of that! Makes me want to head to Rio de Jeneiro!

Mar

Sunday 20th of September 2015

You guys make me salivate every week. Despite the not so appetizing look, feijoadas are very yummy I know

Jen

Sunday 20th of September 2015

I'm so glad you come back every week AND that you vouch for the flavor of the stew - quite yummy!