As always, full report with photos linked below.
Finally got around to writing up a full report on Brazilian food in Portland. I wasn't a fan of Brasilia, but I've enjoyed both Butikim and La Villa so far. Honestly, I wish La Villa would just move to being entirely a Brazilian restaurant. The Lebanese food is decent, but there are a lot of Lebanese restaurants in Portland and they're not that far from Nicholas (though they do take credit cards). They did mention that they're thinking about becoming a churrascaria on the weekends. That would be something for us carnivores. I assume they'd have buffet, too, like most Brazilian churrascarias.
I can't really choose which of the two is better. I've had a couple quibbles with execution at each, but at their price points it seems petty to quibble. Both of the cooks care about their food, are proud of their food, and want you to like it and make the effort to ensure that you do.
As I've said before, this is hearty, homestyle, rich, and often bland, food. When people say "stick to your ribs" this is what they mean. It's very accessible and pretty cheap. Even when at Butikim you might pay $15 for an item, that $15 item can feed four people, like the coconut milk stew pictured below.
If anyone knows of any other places serving Brazilian food, please let me know.
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