Picanha by the pound
In Brazil, the most prized cut of meat tends to be the picanha, which is the rump cap, and in Orlando there are some very nice Brazilian restaurants that serve it, like Texas de Brazil and Fogo de Chao.
While both are very good, they can be quite expensive, not the kind of of place for a quick bite for lunch.
This is where + Brazil Food Mart comes into the picture. It is good, fast, and above all inexpensive, about $7 a pound of food. Yes, they sell by the pound.
Let me explain, this place is a Brazilian supermarket, nicely stocked by the way with all sorts of Brazilian food products that you normally would not find anywhere else. But the best part is that they have a small restaurant inside, self serve, no waiters, sit down wherever you can.
The first thing you have to do is get yourself a plate then go stand in line. There you will a small self serve with a variety of salads, beans and rice. Sometimes they have pork cracklings, deadly, but delicious. I highly recommend them.
Now be careful of how much you serve yourself here, remember that they sell by the pound, and everything costs the same, and the star attraction is after all the picanha.
The server here will ask you how you want it, well done, medium, rare, etc. And will do his best to accommodate. Personally I prefer my picanha rare.
Once he has piled on as much as you want, place your plate on the scale and he will give you a receipt with the weight. At this moment you can also ask for sodas or fruit juices. They have Brazilian guarana soda and passion fruit juice.
After you finish eating, just take your receipt to the register and pay.
So in conclusion, is this place like those fancy restaurants? not by a long shot. Is the food here great? It sure is, that’s why I go here at least once a month for my picanha fix.