The Best Brazilian Restaurants in Chicago

Although Chicago is famous for deep-dish pizza and Chicago-style hot dogs, the city is also dotted with a few memorable Brazilian restaurants. Whether you’ve recently returned from Rio or you simply want to try the native dishes of the South American nation, Chicago will satiate any visitor hoping to eat some traditional grub. Try one of the small local eateries, or opt for a higher-end dinner, and keep an open mind when trying new flavors and dishes.

Fogo de Chão Brazilian Steakhouse

Although Fogo de Chão Brazilian Steakhouse is a chain, the restaurant serves up authentic Brazilian meat dishes that will satiate any craving for the South American cuisine. Located in the River North area of Chicago, the restaurant offers brunch, lunch and dinner. Park at the valet during lunch for a fee, or search for nearby metered parking or parking garage options. For the best bang for your buck, opt for the Full Churrasco Experience. It’s pricey, but it includes a continual service of meats that are carved tableside by real gaucho chefs, as well as numerous side dishes. It’s endless, filling and the best way to get a complete taste of everything. Make a reservation online or via phone.

La Sirena Clandestina

Located in the Fulton Market, La Sirena Clandestina offers coastal Brazilian cuisine with American flourishes. The spot was opened by Chef John Manion, who draws inspiration from his childhood in São Paulo, Brazil. Book a table for dinner or for a weekend brunch, and select from dishes like Frango a Passarinho (Brazilian fried chicken), Churrasco and Pork Milanesa. Reservations are recommended and are only honored for 15 minutes after the designated time. Be sure to indulge in one of the menu’s many cocktails while you wait, which pay homage to Brazil and South American flavors.

Brazilian Bowl

Brazilian Bowl is a fast-food eatery with two locations in Chicago, one in Albany Park and one on North Broadway in Lakeview. The restaurant serves bowls, burritos, tacos, salads and Brazilian classics and also sells grocery items from Brazil. It’s a good option for those who want a taste of Brazil for a budget price. The restaurant offers takeout and delivery options as well, and guests can place orders online ahead of time to skip the wait. Don’t skimp on an order of the Pao de Queijo, an addictive Brazilian cheese bread. Both locations are open for lunch and dinner.

Brasil Legal Cafe

Head over to Bucktown to visit Brasil Legal Cafe, a low-key eatery and market that offers traditional Brazilian dishes. It’s open for breakfast and lunch, and reservations are not needed. Look for nearby street parking, and grab takeout if you’re short on time. Those looking for something super authentic will not be disappointed, and you can even score some imported grocery items from the market to make your own dishes at home.


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