Eating Out in Belo horizonteEdit This
Belo Horizonte is a big, beautiful city full of tree lined streets, parks and
architecturally distinct buildings. In addition to its visual
attraction, Belo Horizonte is a great place to get some food. Built in the late 19th century, Belo Horizonte was designed and constructed to replace Ouro Preto as the capitol of Minas Gerais, one of the 26 states of Brazil. Minas Gerais is well known in Brazil for its great food, both in its restaurants, with the native comida mineira (a hearty local style of cooking), and what it produces. In particular, Minas Gerais is well known as Brazil's main producer of cheese, and is also famous for doces (small cakes or sweets).
The main local expression of Minas Gerais cuisine is comida mineira, a combination of pork, vegetables which are used in a variety of ways and couve, which tastes somewhere between cabbage and spinach. Another key ingredient is tutu, a bean sauce made with manioc flour. The cooking of the region originated in simple farmhouses and 18th century mining camps, but has evolved into a much loved regional food.
Some common comida mineira dishes are tutu a mineira, the most common dish, frango com quiabo, which is roasted chicken with anju, a corn based porridge, or dobradinah, a tripe stew cooked with sweet potatoes. The adventurous can try frango ao molho pardo, which is basically chicken which is cooked in its own blood.
If comida mineira sounds like to much for you, don't worry, at least in the city proper of Belo Horizonte you'll have plenty of options. Chinese, American, Lebanese and more are easy to find, particularly in the downtown area.
Some restaurants worth checking out are Buona Tavola on Rua Santa Rita Durao, a reasonably priced and good Italian restaurant, and Bem Natural off of Avenue Afonso
Pena, which specializes in vegetarian.
If you're stuck at the central
bus transfer look for Dragon Center, which offers good Chinese food. For comida mineira try Mala e Cuia on Avenue Antonio Carlos, or Dona Lucinha on Rua Padre Odorico.
For fine dining, try Taste Vin on Rua Curitiba, a French restaurant wi th an extensive wine list and some very pricey entrees, only open for dinner. Sushi Naka is one of the better and more reasonably priced sushi restaurants in Belo Horizonte. You will find it on Rua Goncalves Dias.
December 26, 2009 change by cjr236
Very nice place, wonderful food and wine. The bests "gourmets" are there!
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