Minas Gerais Restaurants

Probably the most popular cuisine in the country, mineiran food is hearty and mixes Portuguese, Indian, and African flavors. Famous foods include tutu de feijão, mashed-up beans mixed with bacon, sausage, and cassava flour; frango ao molho pardo, a surprisingly tasty chicken dish with a sauce that is made with its own blood; and angu, a vegetarian dish made with polenta. For dessert, you can't go wrong with goiabada (guava paste, usually combined with queijo minas, a fresh white cheese that has a similar consistency to fresh ricotta). Pão de queijo, chewy cheese bread in roll form, is the state's culinary hallmark—mineiran bakeries get the consistency just right. The cachaça (sugarcane rum) from the northern region of Salinas is considered the best in the country. Mineiros tend to eat dinner after 8. Many restaurants close on Monday. Reservations may be required, especially on weekends.

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  • 1. Café Geraes/Escadabaixo

    $$$ | Centro

    A Parisian-like café and restaurant in an 18th-century building, this beautiful establishment serves delicious sandwiches, soups, and pastries, as well as full entrées. It's especially...Read More

  • 2. Casa do Ouvidor

    $$$ | Centro

    A large and welcoming restaurant above a jewelry store, Casa do Ouvidor has won numerous awards for regional dishes such as tutu, feijão tropeiro, and...Read More

  • 3. Estalagem do Sabor

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    Patrons of the Estalagem rave about the feijão tropeiro and frango ao molho pardo, just two of the Brazilian dishes prepared by friendly chef Beth,...Read More

  • 4. Senhora do Rosário

    $$$$ | Rosário

    Ouro Preto's finest restaurant is in the Solar Nossa Senhora do Rosário hotel. An elegant atmosphere with formal place settings, attentive service, and soft Brazilian...Read More

  • 5. Vecchio Sogno

    $$$$ | Santo Agostinho

    What is widely considered Belo Horizonte's best Italian restaurant attracts a well-heeled clientele. Tuxedo-clad waiters serve selections from the extensive wine list as well as...Read More

  • 6. Viradas do Largo

    $$$

    One of Brazil's best restaurants for comida mineira, the Viradas do Largo (also known as Restaurante da Beth) serves dishes such as chicken with ora...Read More

  • 7. Café Cultural

    $ | Centro

    Within the same building as the Tourist Information Office of Praça Tiradentes, Café Cultural is the perfect place to rest a bit and enjoy a...Read More

  • 8. Cantina do Marinho

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    This well-respected restaurant specializes in comida mineira. Diners' favorites include pork steak with tutu and pork tenderloin with feijão tropeiro (a dish of beans, cooked...Read More

  • 9. Casa dos Contos

    $$$$ | Funcionários

    A popular gathering place for local journalists, artists, and intellectuals, the old-school House of Tales has an unpretentious and varied menu that includes fish, pasta,...Read More

  • 10. Chafariz

    $$$ | Centro

    The best place for a mineiran buffet in Ouro Preto is in this vividly decorated eatery near the Casa dos Contos. The large dining room...Read More

  • 11. Dona Lucinha

    $$$ | São Pedro

    Roughly 32 traditional Minas dishes, like feijão tropeiro, frango com quiabo, and frango ao molho pardo, are available at this reasonably priced buffet restaurant. The...Read More

  • 12. Memmo Pasta & Pizza

    $$$$ | Funcionários

    This casual Italian eatery is popular with Brazilians celebrating the end of the workday with appetizers like the champignon Recheado (mushroom stuffed with shrimp and...Read More

  • 13. Monastério

    $$$

    Along with its romantic, candlelit settings and smart decor, Monastério's main draw is its variety of fondues. Order the tasty fondue mineiro, a mix of...Read More

  • 14. Namaste

    $$$

    Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Avenida Amazonas, Namaste serves excellent Indian dishes. The decor is simple but the food more than makes...Read More

  • 15. O Passo Pizza Jazz

    $$$$ | Centro

    An excellent restaurant just oozing with charm, O Passo serves local meat and pasta dishes in addition to pizza. Large bay windows, subtle colors, and...Read More

  • 16. Oro Nero Trattoria

    $$$$ | Antônio Dias

    Couples looking for a hearty meal seek out this trattoria in a beautifully decorated house next to the Sanctuary of the Immaculate Conception. The restaurant...Read More

  • 17. Restaurante Varandão

    $$$$ | Centro

    On the 25th floor of the Othon Palace hotel, this romantic restaurant has spectacular urban vistas. Start off with a cocktail at one of the...Read More

  • 18. Tempero da Angela

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    This self-service restaurant is highly sought after by travelers who come to the village of Bichinho to shop for craft items. Patrons serve themselves from...Read More

  • 19. Tragaluz

    $$$$

    This combined store, coffee shop, and restaurant serves unusual dishes such as jaboticaba ice cream. The gnocchi, Argentine meat, frango de Angola (marinated chicken), and...Read More

  • 20. Xodó

    $ | Funcionários

    A snack bar located right next to the Cultural Circuit Praça da Liberdade with more than 50 years of tradition, Xodó holds a place in...Read More

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