Happy Hump Day y’all! I hope the week hasn’t beat you up too bad. If you follow me, first off THANK YOU! and you may have noticed I have switched things up on my site including a new logo, let me know what you think in the comments.
Now moving onward….Being it’s Wednesday, it’s my review day 🙂 so serious question? Have you even had Brazilian food? If you say yes because you’ve had Fogo de Chao, let me tell you, that is NOT real Brazilian food! Don’t get me wrong, when i’m craving a meat feast it’ll do the deed just right.
When I want genuine real authentic Brazilian food here in Austin I go for a gem called Boteco Austin. It’s a food truck tucked away on a little lot on East Seventh Street between a coffee shop and an business office. It is own and ran by the sweetest couple Fernando and Lauren Marri. Every time I have been, Fernando treats my friends and I like family. I have no idea if he remembers me each time or if he’s just that friendly to everyone but I’ll take it.
I was introduced to Boteco Austin by my friend Thomas who is from Brazil and he was raving about how amazing it was. I figure if he’s brazilian and he’s saying how amazing and authentic it is, then it has to be legit. Since then I have eaten there so many times I have lost count and it does not get old. The menu changes with daily features and I fully believe that the croquette (coxinha) which I order every time I visit, must have some witch magic in them that makes them addicting (They are pictured above and below). Don’t believe me?! Well just check out the reviews about them. I’ve read that his mother came to Austin from Brazil to help Fernando and Lauren perfect the recipes.
On Sundays Boteco slow-cooks a huge pot of feijoada, a traditional stew of beans simmered with meat (usually pork) for hours. Regulars order feijoada on Sundays with a dish called picanha grelhada. The slow-cooked beans are served with rice, caramelized onions, and farofa (toasted yuca flour), then topped with medium rare sirloin steak and a fried egg, pictured below. Since I’m sharing this information with you, you can now feel like a regular, you’re welcome.
Boteco is even B.Y.O.B, so pack up your Cachaça (which is similar to rum but made from sugarcane rather than molasses) and make your own Caipirinha’s or just simply grab your favorite beer or wine and enjoy this amazing food in the adorably set up picnic table area. In case you’re feeling adventurous and want to give yourself the “whole” Brazilian experience, try to make your own Caipirinha here’s a link from Food&Wine for you adventurers 🙂