#20 Esplanada Grill, Rio de Janeiro from 20 Best Restaurants in Brazil — Just in Time for the Olympic Games (Slideshow)

20 Best Restaurants in Brazil — Just in Time for the Olympic Games (Slideshow)

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#20 Esplanada Grill, Rio de Janeiro

Esplanada Grill is a traditional churrascaria that has kept diners coming back to the Ipanema area of Rio for more than 20 years. The restaurant is small, with tables situated close together, but it has a lively atmosphere to match its terrific offerings. The portions sizes at Esplanada are hearty, so be sure to bring your appetite. On the menu are starters including typical cod fritters, smoked sausage, lamb spare ribs, and chicken hearts. For your entrée, tuck into the incredible selection of quality meats — there are more than 30 cuts on offer — from the grill, especially the picanha (rump cap). Also from the grill are lamb rump, pork tenderloin, ostrich, salmon, and shrimp, among many other dishes to suit a variety of palates. Side dishes might include fried palm hearts, seasoned rice, and a choice of fried, baked, or sautéed potatoes. 

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