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Cafe Rio - Brazil in Old Saybrook?


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Cafe Rio - Brazil in Old Saybrook?

DonShirer | May 9, 2012 04:55 PM

Ever since Fogo closed last year, I have been hoping to find another restaurant featuring the exceptional meats of Brazil. From my experience today, Cafe Rio is unlikely to be it, although it is run by a friendly Brazilian couple.

Serving breakfast Tuesday through Sunday, I have seen glowing reviews of their breakfasts and sandwiches on the web, so when I was in the vicinity at lunchtime, I decided to try their Brazilian buffet. There was a choice of more than a dozen dishes, and a few of the salads were better than average. Unfortunately the meats didn't live up to expectations, the beef slices were a little tough and needed the gravy they came with to improve their taste. A sausage and bean dish was not exceptional either. There was a nice looking chicken entree but I did not try it. After you fill your dish, they weigh it and charge you accordingly.

They had a busy take-out business while I was there, so someone must like the cuisine. Before I go back, I will definitely look up dishes other reviewers liked, since I wouldn't try the buffet again. In their favor, their washroom was clean, they offer a selection of tea bags, and there were some scrumptious looking desserts, that I didn't have time for.

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