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“Delicious food, great prices” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Brazilian Bowl

Brazilian Bowl
3204 North Broadway, Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 857-2002
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Ranked #178 of 7,737 Restaurants in Chicago
Cuisines: Brazilian
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Chicago, Illinois
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“Delicious food, great prices”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2013

We visited Brazilian Bowl about 10 days ago. I was surprised that, contrary to my expectations, there were more Americans eating there than Brazilians (well maybe 50-50). Having said that, the food is delicious... We had the Bife Acebolado, which is just a thin cut sirloin with grilled onions, rice and beans on the side. But ohh boy, you can't make this "bife" (which is Portuguese for beef and pronounced almost identically - the "I" sounds like "ee") at home... it tastes absolutely different and so much like the ones my Mom made in Brazil a long time ago. A trip through time and a tasty one at that.

The appetizers are worth a trip. If you have never have pastel (a kind of empanada but with thin dough), you are missing out. Pão de queijo, coxinha, all to die for. There are descriptions of what they are in other reviews so I won't repeat them.

The staff is super friendly.

Lastly, if you don't go for extra stuff, it will be cheap. all entrees are less than $10 and are huge - probably good for two meals if you take away the leftovers (at least the bife is, because they serve a pair of steaks, and they are big).

A note to the weak: you will leave smelling a little of grilled steak, so wear clothes that are going to be washed :-) ** maybe the owners would care to invest in a better hood for their kitchen?

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
  • Portuguese first
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4 reviews 4 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Good and authentic”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2013

The service was good and very authentic. I just think that the Empanadas (this is how they call the appetizers pasteis, kibe...) were a little bit pricey for the size they are. They should be either bigger or a little bit more cheap. U$2,50 for a small (3 to 4 bites) pastel is a lot, even though it was delicious.I know it's Chicago, but still...The Stroggonof was tasty but slightly salty. The drinks were ok, they didn't have Guaraná though.
Staff was extremely friendly.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Chicago
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82 reviews 82 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
“Good food, a bit noisy”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2013

We'd seen this place on a local TV show and decided to try it. The beef Stroganoff was very tasty -- nicely seasoned beef served over rice and covered with shoestring potatoes. The shrimp bobo was also quite good, also served over rice with a coconut based sauce. Both were generous portions. It's a small place (seating for 20 at tables and a few more seats at a counter by the window), and between the blender for drinks (smoothies?) and the music on the radio the sound was a bit overpowering for the space. All in all, well worth going to and we plan to return to try some of the other dishes on the menu.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
“Exceptional value, authentic food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013

I've been searching for a Brazilian restaurant that wasn't a churrascaria and this was the only local option that I've found. Because it has a delivery and take-out option, I was kind of skeptical about the authenticity of the cuisine. I started out small, getting some appetizers for carry-out, and was pleasantly surprised. Still, I had my reservations. Suffice it to say, an order of shrimp bobo and one of feijoada were enough to shut off the skeptical part of my brain. They were excellent, authentic and inexpensive. This place is quickly becoming my go-to choice for dining out inexpensively.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Yumm!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2013 via mobile

Yummy yummy food (though I would avoid the pink-looking sausage, choose another of their wonderful Brazilian meats instead. the best dessert coconut things, not sure what they are called, but they look like golf balls. Also it is a confirmed fact that the best looking man in the world works here. I have sighted him, and so has one of my colleagues.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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