After its immense size and biodiversity started rumors of steroid usage, the Amazon Rainforest set the record straight by revealing the simple secret to its success: Pilates and Brazilian cuisine. Eat like the champion of jungles with today's deal: for $15, you get $30 worth of fare at Rio's Brazilian Café and $2 off purchases at Rio's Downtown Farmers' Market booth.
With its adorably eclectic interior, energizing patio area, and multifarious menu of all things sweet, savory, and tropical, Rio's Brazilian Café fits right in with Austin's diverse vibe. Made-from-scratch meals are served all day, starting with a petite yet satisfying breakfast menu featuring the burrito-emulating Brazilian breakfast pocket filled with egg, cheese, and a choice of meat or veggies with spicy malagueta sauce ($2.50). Savory salgadinhos—pastries filled with a variety of meat, veggies, herbs, and cheeses ($3.95)—make for a perfect portable breakfast to order while hang gliding through the drive through. Dinner options include gluten-free plates such as the peixe de acro iris ($13), a pan-seared rainbow trout with mashed potatoes and asparagus dressed with a parmesan white sauce, and the estrogonofe de frango ($11), a meat-optional stroganoff with mushrooms in a red crème de leite sauce served over rice with yucca strips.
The last Saturday of every month at Rio’s also proves to be more memorable than being handed down grandpa’s prized dentures. Brazil's national dish, feijoada ($18), is prepared by the owners, and the stew of pork, beef, sausage, and black beans served with collards and sautéed yucca flour with garlic and banana may cause bodies to fly into an endless series of World Cup–worthy flip-throws. Join Rio's every Saturday between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the downtown Austin Farmers' Market to receive $2 off your purchase of their gluten-free cheese breads, malagueta sauces, and salgadinhos.
Rio's Brazilian Café is frequently featured on local and national television, including FoodCrafters on the Cooking Channel, Good Day, Austin!, and Fox 7 News. The Austin Chronicle, Fearless Critic, Austin Tidbits featured the hot new spot. One hundred forty-three Yelpers give it a four-star average, and 98% of Urbanspooners recommend the restaurant.
Rio's Brazilian Café
When Ben Googins met Rio de Janeiro native Elias Martins while teaching English in Brazil in 1998, he couldn't have guessed that the two would wind up making pão de queijo—cheese bread—on an episode of the Cooking Channel's FoodCrafters with celebrity chef Aida Mollenkamp. Their journey began as Googins learned more and more about the Portuguese language and the generous, hospitable Brazilian culture via Martins's family and their flavorful cooking. The duo eventually moved to Austin in 2006, bent on realizing their dream of opening their own restaurant. After their handmade foods gained popularity at the downtown farmers' market, their all-natural malagueta sauces appeared in Austin's flagship Whole Foods store. They finally opened Rio's Brazilian Café in 2010, where the staff makes caipirinhas and creates contemporary and traditional Brazilian recipes from scratch. The last Saturday of every month, diners can enjoy feijoada, a classic Brazilian stew made with pork, beef, sausage, black beans, and the juice of one soccer ball.
The restaurant still, of course, makes its renowned cheese bread. The basil variety was the favorite of Fearless Critic, which noted that the restaurant is "one of the few places where carnivores, vegetarians, and gluten-intolerant diners can all happily coexist." The restaurant was also a Critics' Pick for Most Charming Brazilian Outpost in the Austin Chronicle's Best of Austin 2011, and has appeared in numerous publications and on TV shows such as Good Day Austin and Fox 7 News. According to Eater Austin, celebrities Ryan Gosling and Rooney Mara have noshed at the cozy eatery, whose bright yellow and green exterior and outdoor patio give way to a similarly vibrant and eclectic dining area.
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