Just saw that Boteco Restaurant has opened, on the stretch of NE 79th Street just west of the causeway to the Beach. I popped my head in a couple days ago just to take a look around and peek at the menu. I have little knowledge of Brazilian food aside from the gluttonous all-you-can-eat rodizios, but the menu looked pretty authentic to me (I didn't recognize many of the items, at least by their names, though they're all translated to English). There was a dish of fried chicken bits, chicken croquettes, several seafood items including octopus, some steaks, some curious-sounding layered thing of shredded beef, mashed yucca and catupiry cheese ...
The folks running it were very friendly, and happy to talk to me about the menu and show me around the place - which is not that big but has an indoor/outdoor bar, and also a nice grassy yard in the back where they are set up to do parties and the like. They told me they're planning to do a feijoada for Saturday lunch.
I will probably try it this weekend and will report back. Anyone want to give me a quick primer on Brazilian food?
79th Street area, both mainland and beachside, is really becoming an international food mecca. We've got Schnitzel Haus for German, Taj Majal (formerly Renaisa) for Indian, Sushi Deli and Katana for Japanese, Siam Bayshore, Tamarind, and a new place, Sawwadee, for Thai, Ouzo for Greek, a couple decent Italian places (Oggi, Prima Pasta), Vacas Gordas for Argentine, El Rey de Chivito for Uruguayan sandwiches, decent Mexican at El Rancho Grande ...
I'm going to need to update my Normandy Island map to cover further west!
1412 79th Street Causeway, Miami Beach, FL 33141
Renaisa Indian Restaurant
620 NE 78th St, Miami, FL 33138
1085 NE 79th St, Miami, FL 33138
Siam Bay Shore Gourmet Thai
1524 79th Street Causeway, Miami Beach, FL 33141
Tamarind Thai Restaurant
946 Normandy Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33141
Ouzo's Greek Tavarna & Bar
940 71st St, Miami Beach, FL 33141
1666 79th Street Cswy, North Bay Village, FL 33141
Prima Pasta Cafe
414 NW 71st St, Miami, FL 33150
El Rey Del Chivito
6987 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33141
El Rancho Grande Mexican Restaurant North Beach
314 72nd St, Miami Beach, FL 33141