ALL EYES WILL BE ON RIO DE JANEIRO NEXT AUGUST, when the Olympic Games come to town and jetsetters from around the world descend upon the Marvelous City for a spectacle like no other. In between the glorious feats of athleticism and triumph, those in attendance will face a competition of their own - finding a place to indulge in the many flavors of this gastronomic gem. From the intoxicating aroma of espetinhos (Brazilian kebabs) in the streets to Franco-Brazilian haute cuisine, following is our "eat-inerary" for Rio 2016. MEAT LOVERS' PARADISE When in Rio, do as the Cariocas (Rio natives) do. In this city, it's all about the meats, and the many "churrascarias" are where you'll get your fix of succulent, Brazilian barbecue. OUR PICK Porcao Rios (porcao.com) WHAT TO GET You can try it all at this carnivorous, buffet-style feast, but we recommend the Picanha Tradicional - a Brazilian favorite, cut from the top sirloin and thinly sliced with just a touch of fat. ATMOSPHERE Sizzling slabs of meat are in constant motion, as well-dressed waiters are perpetually delivering the next course, and incredible views of Guanabara Bay serve as the backdrop. A HANKERING FOR HEALTHY Don't worry herbivores - there's plenty here for you, too. While it may not be as well known for its vegetarian food scene, you can grab some tasty greens to rejuvenate and detox after a long night on the town. OUR PICK Prana Vegetariano (pranavegetariano.com) THE MENU Food options change daily thanks to chef Marcos Freitas, though they're guaranteed to be packed with fresh veggies that are good and good for you. The juice bar is also an integral part, with a seemingly endless menu of juice and smoothies. ATMOSPHERE This modern eatery is not all that big, but its reputation definitely is, so get there early if you want to beat the lunch crowd. STREET EATS Follow your nose through the streets of Rio and you'll find a tantalizing snack available on virtually every corner. From late-night eats to beachside snacks, the street food here is widely regarded as some of the best in the world. OUR FAVORITES The crepe-like tapiocas are a must-try for those with a sweet tooth, while a warm pao de queijo (cheesy pastry) is nothing short of a revelation. WHERE Post up on the gorgeous Ipanema Beach and let the vendors come to you or head to the Centra neighborhood for an overwhelming number of options. H E GOURMET EXPERIENCE The top end of the culinary culture here is second to none, and if you're looking for a fine dining experience, there's no shortage of exceptional options, from traditional to modern fusion. OUR PICK Tereze (santa-teresa-hotel.com) WHAT TO GET Chef Damien Montecer's menu is bursting with mouth-watering global influences, and the Tartare Petrussian is about as decadent as it gets - knife-cut buffalo tenderloin steak tartar with imperial Alverta caviar, cassava chips and poached quail egg. ATMOSPHERE Located at the hip Hotel Santa Teresa, Tereze has a relatively casual vibe (it's still Rio, after all) in an eco-chic setting of recycled wood furniture and massive windows overlooking Guanabara Bay.
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