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Feijao com Arroz (Brazilian in Pompano, NE Broward)

s.m. koppelman | Apr 8, 200409:14 PM

Havn't gone here for dinner yet, but you betcha I will at some point. I'm assuming it's an all-you-can-eat parade of meat at night. At lunchtime they've got a very good buffet for $4.80/lb, and that includes steak cooked and sliced to order (think decent backyard-grilled sirloin). Soup and drinks are extra.

Everything I tried was good: the vegetables and salads were decent, including a nice cabbage and tomato slaw, really nice cooked cauliflower, and a few kinds of rice and beans I mixed up with some nicely toasted farfoa. Chicken hearts were decent and not rubbery. Fried fish was of good quality: moist, crusty, fresh-tasting and not greasy, and my favorite item looked like a dark roast pork but turned out to be a wonderfully flavorful stewed beef, soft as butter and strewn with fresh onions. Definitely much-better-than-average midmarket Brazilian.

A filling and very tasty plate of food cost about $6.50. They've also got a full bar. The place is clean and not at all divey and has a nice happy bustle to it.

Bonus for ethno-tourists: the large surrounding strip mall feels like it's about 75% Brazilian businesses, including a large grocery and butcher shop, the usual weird, eclectic Brazilian variety store, a bakery/juice bar that sells all sorts of croquetes and empanada-ish things and so on. Also tucked in are Caribbean and Indian grocery stores (the latter run by a gregarious family), a couple of Haitian businesses (and a radio station), an open-air laundromat and what looks like a sex club.

[Feijao Com Arroz, 559 E. Sample Rd., Pompano, north side of the road. Just look for the rather large green-and-yellow strip mall.]

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