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Ethnic.City: Minas Emporium

posted on January 10, 2011 at 6:45 pm


I spent the first years of my life in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Since many of my early food memories involve those native dishes, I’ve always kept an eye out for good, home-style Brazilian cuisine. It had always been hard to find in metro Atlanta, at least until recently. Marietta and Sandy Springs have become the unofficial homes of an increasingly large Brazilian population. Clusters of Brazilian bakeries, restaurants and grocery stores have opened to provide expats with everything they need to feed their nostalgia. Minas Emporium (7405 Roswell Road, 678-731-9960) is one such place, a tiny grocery where you can find anything from a Brazilian soccer jersey to tapioca flour to beautifully marbled steaks. Minas also happens to serve one of the greatest all-you-can-eat Brazilian lunch buffets in town. The best part? It’s only $6.99 — $4.99 if you take it to go — every day except Sunday.

Feijoada, one of Brazil’s most-loved national dishes, is a hard-to-find item that’s normally only served during the weekend or on special occasions. However, Minas serves it almost every day, a true find if you’re a fan. Feijoada is prepared by cooking various cuts of smoked and cured pork, beef, sausage, and vegetables together with black beans until the whole thing is tender and thick. The cooked-down black beans cover each chunk of meat in a creamy broth. It’s pure heaven when ladled over a mound of white rice.

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