Where to Eat in Honor of the Top 8 Teams in the World Cup
Photo from VoicePlaces Meat, meat and more meat at Chama Gaucha.
You want Brazilian food, go to a Brazilian steakhouse. At Chama Gaucha, the owners and cooks hope to bring the Brazilian experience to life with the full churrascaria experience; Flip the card on your table to the green side, and servers will come by with plate after plate of grilled meats. Flip to the red side, and they'll stop bombarding you with steak, sausage and all manner of skewered meat. It's a great place for a big family meal because, well, there's just so much food. It may not all be traditional (the salad bar is more of an American institution) but the massive servings of meat barbecued on giant skewers is distinctly South American.
Photo courtesy Mi Pueblito Traditional Colombian food and festivities abound at Mi Pueblito.
Mi Pueblito is one of only a handful of Colombian restaurants in Houston, and it's also the best. The sprawling menu has just about anything a Colombian ex-pat could crave, as well as all the dishes necessary to indoctrinate a Houstonian in the ways of the cuisine. It's more than just a restaurant, though. There's also a great bar with handcrafted cocktails and a bakery that pumps out authentic Colombian buñuelos and panaderia. And if you stop by now, during World Cup season, yes, you will see hoards of excited Colombian fans. Actually, you'll probably see them there any time of year, and they'll welcome you to the fold gladly.
Photo by Troy Fields Believe me, I almost put Rainforest Cafe on the list for Costa Rica.
Because there's no dedicated Costa Rican restaurant in Houston, Churrascos is the next best thing. A friend of mine with Costa Rican heritage went wild over the gallo pinto and the lomo latino, proclaiming them as close to his grandmother's food as anything he'd had in Houston. Of course, Churrascos is known for the signature churrasco steak, and that never fails to please. Nor do the fantastic cocktails or the divine dulce de leche cake. No, it's not all purely Costa Rican (the chef, Michael Cordúa, is from Nicaragua), but it is all excellent.
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