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Tacacá do Norte

A flavour of the north of Brazil with a strong case for serving the best açai in town

Tacacá do Norte

Open Mon-Sat 8.30am-11pm; Sun 9am-9pm

Rua Barão do Flamengo 35, Flamengo

Telephone (21) 2205 7545

Nearby Stations
Metrô Flamengo, Largo do Machado

Tucked away on a Flamengo side street laiden with botecos, Tacacá do Norte looks like just another unremarkable bar, belying the simple slice of Parå or Belém that flourishes within. A list of native fruit juices with perplexing names adorns the walls to reward the adventurous, though the less bold can try the excellent açai in either a glass or a whole china bowl (R$9 or R$11 respectively) or a creamy brazil nut ice cream (R$8 for a small plastic cup).

The casquinha de siri crab meat served in a (fake) shell with an ice cold beer makes a perfect post-beach snack for those on their way back from Flamengo's nearby sands, though the random delicacies on sale here draw people from surrounding neighbourhoods, too. Be warned that the goo in the signature dried-shrimp stew, tacacá, takes some stomaching. It is apprently a perfectly natural manioc by-product, but the mind plays tricks... You can't, however, go far wrong with the deep-fried crab claw splashed with spicy butter sauce.

17 Apr 2013.

Words by Time Out Rio de Janeiro editors
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