While visiting Brazil on our "Around the World in 90 Days" trip (see my blog: www.toscanoworldtrip.blogspot.com) we spent time in the Barra da Tijuca suburb of Rio de Janeiro. A very nice, primarily waterfront community, it is mostly residential but there are many malls and restaurants also. One of the best of these (especially to eat "rodizio" style Brazilian buffet) is Rio Brasa. As the place gets crowded, it is probably better to go for a late lunch there (both for lower prices and less crowds). Despite it being a big place, you can always look close by and get a waiter or bus boy. The meat is great especially the "picanha" (sliced, lightly seasoned, Brazilian beef) but there is an endless variety of almost any other meat you can think of. As with any other buffet, skip the breads and most of the side orders as this will quickly fill you up and interfere with the "meat" of your objective.
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