Went here last year with the lovely Blissful Glutton and have been coming back regularly. It’s great that there are two locations in opposite sides of the city. The original spot in Marietta is pretty cool — it’s a grocery, travel agency, jewelry store, deli, butcher shop, and a cafeteria, all in one. While the smaller one in Alpharetta is only a grocery and cafe.
You can get snacks, sandwiches, platters, and desserts. For snacks, there are assorted meat pies, pizza, savory pastries, and such. My absolute favorite is the Pamonha (pa-moan-yah). Unlike its cousin, the Mexican tamale, the dough is made from grated fresh corn. There are two kinds: sweet or savory. I love the plain, sweet kind as it makes for a great dessert (or appetizer). You taste nothing but sweet corn. Mmm. So yummy.
If you’ve been to meat-paradise Fogo, then you’re familiar with those addicting light and airy, chewy, cheese gougieres. The ones in Marietta are a bad imitation but the ones in Alpharetta are quite competitive. They’re a bit denser and thicker, but still good, nonetheless.
I don’t know what this “cupcake” is called. It tastes like pamonha but with grated coconut mixed in. It’s moist, much heavier than cake, but not as sweet. Good dessert.
Platters and sandwiches rule here. I particularly like the platters that come with your choice of meat, rice, salad, beans, and mashed potatoes or fries. It makes for a hearty meal. And for $5.99, it’s an awesome deal. The grilled steak has all the fatty goodness. It’s tender, juicy, and well seasoned. Beans are like the Mexican charos.
The sandwiches, an intimidating sight to behold, is a humongous, beautiful creation. I like the $7.99 X-Coisas do Brasil a lot as it really hits the spot. Yeasty, soft, buttered bread is filled with a hamburger patty, chicken, bacon, fried egg, mozzarella, a slice of ham, sausage, pineapple, tomato, lettuce, corn, and peas. You’ll have to flatten the sandwich a whole lot to fit it in your mouth. This is a delicious sandwich. I like that with all the meat, it’s not salty at all. The veggies cancel out the meat so you’re all good
If you’re feeling a lot less hungry, go for the $5.99 X-Tudo instead. It’s got a hamburger patty, fried egg, mozzarella, ham, tomato slices, lettuce, corn, and peas. It’s a teeny bit smaller but still filling. Either way, you can’t go wrong.
Definitely cheap but good eats. Go now.
Note: The platters are not available on weekends in Alpharetta. Available everyday in Marietta.
Coisas do Brasil
1480 Terrell Mill Road
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