With Brazil winning the copa today, we had to eat at least one thing Brazilian. Luckily, we found ourselves near Pepe's.
AnnieB has mentioned Pepe's before (see link). Her post does not do justice to this place. From the outside, Pepe's looks like any other bodega in the Logan Square area. Inside, well, who knew a little bit of Brazil exists in Chicago.
I had a brief chat with the proprietor who explained to me that he was neither Brazilan by birth, nor had he lived in Brazil. He did, however, have the good fortune of buying from a Brazilian, the one store catering to its expat population locally. Along the way, his has figured out how to pronounce all the stuff.
We had fun looking at all the packaged goods including the multiple varieties of peppers in oils, the condensed milks and the vacum packed cookies, then moved over to the deli case.
They make pizza, which is really not that Brazilian and they fry up a few varieties of little Brazilian stuffed balls. I went for the ones with chicken and vegetables. Very greasy, with an outer coating not too dissimiliar to panko crumbs, it also came with a hot sauce that cut things a bit. I felt it for a while, but hey this was celebration time. We also had the giant slice of pepperoni pizza which was really two nearly giant slices. I'd be curious what Seth thinks, it is a nice oily goey version.
There's plenty of guarna based drinks as well as cahaca and Brazilian beer to go. On the other hand, Quenchers with a fine selection of brewski's is across the street, maybe just take the food over there.
To make some Brazilian dishes or to eat some Brazilan snacks, think about Pepe's.