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  • #231916

    Suiço
    Member

    O.k. I’m tired of going to the supermarket, asking for tacos, and being handed either chop sticks or a baseball bat.

    If they ever do have taco shells they’re imported and $$$$.
    Where da good tacos at?
    Big%20smile
  • #231922

    jaenicoll
    Member

    Good Tacos, hahaahah this is Brazil.

  • #231926

    Hakson
    Member

    [QUOTE=shinrai]O.k. I’m tired of going to the supermarket, asking for tacos, and being handed either chop sticks or a baseball bat.

    If they ever do have taco shells they’re imported and $$$$.
    Where da good tacos at?
    Big%20smile

    [/QUOTE]

    I don’t know if is the best place ou not, but you can try it and tell us:

    braza10002013-01-07 09:54:52

  • #231978

    graham
    Participant

    I am always on lookout in SP and area, but after many years and trying various places, I think…
    não existe…or any sort of passable Mexican cuisine.
    Surely someday it will, or maybe already does but is not well known. Everytime I’ve heard of a place, then tried it, I have been very disappointed.

  • #231988

    jaenicoll
    Member

    I think there is one super expensive Mexican place owned by an elite Mexican dude that is supposed to have really good food. Saw it in a Mag some years back. Not simple Tex Mex or northern mexican but dishes from all over Mexico. Supposed to be good but hardly Mexican comfort food.

  • #232657

    duncanich
    Member

    there isn’t any good mexican food here. sorry. The best thing to do is wait til you or someone you know goes home and bring back a ton of taco shells for you.

  • #232658

    NYesq
    Member

    If you cook, it’s actually quite easy to make your own corn and flour tortillas. Just a suggestion. I had been craving Mexican food since I got here and learned to make my own. Make a bunch and they freeze well. Fry them for hard shell tacos or tortilla chips with guacamole or salsa. Great with a margarita. Mexican food here has been dreadful.

  • #232671

    Anonymous

    ok, Rob Allen, please tell me you have a source for masa harina? or have you found the magical corn taco ingredient that we’ve all been searching for (and failing)?

  • #232689

    NYesq
    Member

    [QUOTE=3casas] ok, Rob Allen, please tell me you have a source for masa harina? or have you found the magical corn taco ingredient that we’ve all been searching for (and failing)?[/QUOTE]
    That was very arrogant of me. I should have thought deeper before I posted. I forgot that not everyone is in the south. I had a contact bring some Masa Harina from Paraguay, which I forgot and took for granted. . Sorry, people, my mistake, I haven’t found it here, but I won’t stop looking.
    Let me rephrase. Flour tortillas are easy..corn not so much if you don’t have access to Masa Harina.
    Thanks, 3casas for catching me on this. You’re such a foodie and I love it.

  • #232690

    Anonymous

    no, no, i was hoping you had an answer like this! who knew you could get masa harina in paraguay!?! is it easily found [in CdelL?]? i haven’t had any interest in going to paraguay until this very moment….. ha

  • #232724

    SFO Murphy
    Member

    In Sao Paulo, a couple of descent ones can be found on Rua Pinheiros

  • #232769

    NYesq
    Member

    [QUOTE=3casas] no, no, i was hoping you had an answer like this! who knew you could get masa harina in paraguay!?! is it easily found [in CdelL?]? i haven’t had any interest in going to paraguay until this very moment….. ha[/QUOTE]
    I know what you mean. Paraguay is a mess, so I always place an order for something when friends go. I have even had them come back with six packs of Hire’s root beer (which I think is a totally American thing). I will ask where to go but I really think it is a catch as catch can there. It is similar to shopping at the Mercado Municipal (only completely disorganized, as I have been told). If you find something that you want and haven’t seen before..buy it all because once it is gone they may or may not ever have it again.
    In Uruguay, they use it for the tamales. I’m not sure if they use the blue or white corn, maybe just field corn, but it is a very fine corn masa and serves well.
    All us foodies together should converge on Paraguay and take back a good haul.

  • #232830

    Anonymous

    if the uruguayans use it, i wonder if i could find it in Floripa during the high season, or other places with lots of UYs. will have to investigate.

  • #236297

    Bahiajuha
    Member

    When I was living in Brasil this was the only taco/burrito place I came across. http://www.tollocos.com.br/Nothing special, but it is the only one I came across. Off Paulista on Rua Agusta.

  • #236305

    SFO Murphy
    Member

    The place on Agusta is aweful. Much better is http://www.sisenor.com.br/

  • #236310

    graham
    Participant

    I thought the place on Augusta was pitiful too. The SiSenor web site looks good. I will try it, though they are a bit on the pricy side, even for Av Paulista. The best deal for food in this area is the por kilo place in Peixoto gomede by the hospital 9de julho…imo

  • #236314

    Finrudd
    Participant

    [QUOTE=Grads] I thought the place on Augusta was pitiful too. The SiSenor web site looks good. I will try it, though they are a bit on the pricy side, even for Av Paulista. The best deal for food in this area is the por kilo place in Peixoto gomede by the hospital 9de julho…imo [/QUOTE]
    Si Senor is deep fried Tex Mex. It’s fun, it does two for one drinks and, yawn – I am boring myself. I have been to a few of them in SP and they are all formula.
    Hecho en Mexico however – better drinks, good food and a nice surrounding. It lacks the youthful ‘fun’ of a Si Senor, and if you like TGI Fridays, Si Senor is more your thing, but the food tastes way more authentic in Hecho en Mexico. Try the Mescal, they have a good range.

  • #236315

    Finrudd
    Participant

    [QUOTE=Grads] I thought the place on Augusta was pitiful too. The SiSenor web site looks good. I will try it, though they are a bit on the pricy side, even for Av Paulista. The best deal for food in this area is the por kilo place in Peixoto gomede by the hospital 9de julho…imo [/QUOTE]
    The Si Senor in Higienopolis has a lively young crowd – can never remember the name of the area, but there are a bunch of eateries there (ok, I will bother look it up)
    Rua Armando Penteado in Praca Vilaboim.

  • #236316

    graham
    Participant

    thanks. will try Heco. sounds more like my kind of place.

  • #236317

    NYesq
    Member

    I hesitate to post this because I know I’m going to come off as a snob but I really don’t mean to be. I am hoping someone can find a decent Mexican restaurant.
    I am a Mexican food lover and spent a lot of time in Mexico and would love to find some here. Tacos and burritos are just Mexican fast food.
    Neither place you mention is close to authentic Mexican. Closer to TexMex but not even that. Potato skins, hard shell tacos, nachos, jalapeno poppers, even fajitas are all American and even these have been further Brazilianized. I am looking for Mole, Rellenos, Tamales, Pollo Encacahuatado, chilaquiles. Then I would call it Mexican. Rob Allen2013-02-07 18:44:55

  • #236320

    NYesq
    Member

    [QUOTE=finrudd]
    Hecho en Mexico however – better drinks, good food and a nice surrounding. It lacks the youthful ‘fun’ of a Si Senor, and if you like TGI Fridays, Si Senor is more your thing, but the food tastes way more authentic in Hecho en Mexico. Try the Mescal, they have a good range.[/QUOTE]
    I just googled Hecho en Mexico and this actually looks good. Nice menu.
    Wow, Mole, carnitas, cerviche, adobado..I like this.Rob Allen2013-02-07 18:44:13

  • #236325

    Finrudd
    Participant

    Rob – I work with Mexicans and visit Mexico a fair bit, so I know what you mean. It is kind of forced to lean towards Tex Mex, but it no way would I put it on a par with Si Senor. The lunches (PF) actually look pretty similar to fare I have eaten in Mexico DF – give it a go, it’s the best I have found to date in Brazil.

  • #236332

    Mkamerling
    Member

    Rob, if you live in POA, there’s a restaurant called El Pueblo in Petropolis. I’ve never eaten in it, but go there buy their corn and flour tortillas to take away. The tortillas cost R$1 each, which is far better than 6 for R$20 in the supermarket. They are not too bad.

  • #236412

    NYesq
    Member

    [QUOTE=finrudd] Rob – I work with Mexicans and visit Mexico a fair bit, so I know what you mean. It is kind of forced to lean towards Tex Mex, but it no way would I put it on a par with Si Senor. The lunches (PF) actually look pretty similar to fare I have eaten in Mexico DF – give it a go, it’s the best I have found to date in Brazil.[/QUOTE]
    I’ve been with Mexicans my whole life so I have a special fondness for the culture and the food. The next time I am in SP I am definitely going to give this a try. I won’t be too critical since I am already impressed by the authentic dishes and ingredients. Thanks for sharing.

  • #236413

    NYesq
    Member

    [QUOTE=NICB] Rob, if you live in POA, there’s a restaurant called El Pueblo in Petropolis. I’ve never eaten in it, but go there buy their corn and flour tortillas to take away. The tortillas cost R$1 each, which is far better than 6 for R$20 in the supermarket. They are not too bad.[/QUOTE]
    No, I live down south but go to SP on occasion and this is worth a visit just to get the tortillas. This is the answer the OP was looking for. I’ve written down the name for future reference. Thanks. Small things like this make me very happy.

  • #237677

    Suiço
    Member

    Found a great Taco restaurant called “Taco” 🙂
    Located in Campo Belo.
    They have another location called Taco Surf in Ubatuba. Great place and good menu. Owners are good guys.
    As for the home cookin’ I loaded up on Taco kits last time I was in North America so I’m good for a few months….at least for soft tacos anyways..the hard ones bust in transit 🙁

  • #237709

    Pixfarm.net
    Member

    Taco related.
    Has anyone found sour cream (like real sour cream, Breakstone’s comes to mind as an example) in southern Brazil???
    I have been making my own but it pales in comparison to the aforementioned example.
    As for tacos themselves, buy the Casa Fiesta taco kits I have come across in stores here. Are they perfect? Hell no, but they are the closest thing I’ve come across here.

  • #237741

    rkearns
    Member

    Gosnell, a taco bell’ishsort of restaurant would do very well here. I’m saying this because I’m quite sure of this, and you are wanting to change the world. I don’t know if crunchy tacos would do so well here, but cheap bean burritos, I’m high sure would be large volume sellers.
    I’d love to open a lanchonette. I thought about a making a “Scrubway” but I don’t want to deal with employees.

  • #237743

    Pixfarm.net
    Member

    [QUOTE=troll_hunter]Gosnell, a taco bell’ishsort of restaurant would do very well here.[/QUOTE]
    I have pondered the food venture. Still pondering it. I also have 2 years of culinary training (yes, I have acquired quite many various skills). There is a taco bell sort of place in Iguatemi shopping, it seems to do OK. It is however, different..of course.
    Someone made a comment of food outside of the norm here is not really appreciated and often passed over in another thread (the food truck thread I believe). Many ideas…

  • #237751

    [QUOTE=CDGosnell]
    Someone made a comment of food outside of the norm here is not really appreciated and often passed over in another thread (the food truck thread I believe). Many ideas…
    [/QUOTE]
    MEALS outside the norm aren`t appreciated.
    However, things like subway and a Taco Bell substitute would be considered `snacks` by many Brazilians.
    If you could keep the prices down and keep it fast, maybe mini tacos in a food court of a mall, then you could probably do a fair trade.

  • #237848

    rkearns
    Member

    Pois √© Nikki.. I can see so much potential there, but I’m not wanting to deal with employees. If someone else did it, I’m very sure they would make money.

  • #238275

    Tony
    Participant

    Orale!!!
    We need to bring Mexicans here! Even Guatemaleans woud do.
    I could use a good burrito or tamale.
    A hole in the wall pupuseria, taqueria, or even a cantina. No mas Taco Bell
    Anyways ….
    Maiz… Try Fuba, or Maizena. You migh end up rolling your dough.
    E viva Mexico!
    Tony.

  • #238281

    Finrudd
    Participant

    [QUOTE=Rebroker@sampa] Orale!!!
    We need to bring Mexicans here! Even Guatemaleans woud do.
    I could use a good burrito or tamale.
    A hole in the wall pupuseria, taqueria, or even a cantina. No mas Taco Bell
    Anyways ….
    Maiz… Try Fuba, or Maizena. You migh end up rolling your dough.
    E viva Mexico!
    Tony. [/QUOTE]
    I have imported some Mexicans this month, from Guadalajara, and will be taking them both to Hecho en Mexico for their opinions next week. They brought me some great Mescal and Tequila, so I need to furnish them with some Cachaca for their return trip, which is what our cultural exchange is all about, even if we do dress it up as work…

  • #238490

    SFO Murphy
    Member

    [QUOTE=Kitten]The place on Agusta is aweful. Much better is http://www.sisenor.com.br/

    [/QUOTE]

    I take this all back. Ordered expensive enchiladas at Si Senor yesterday for R$25 and I might as well purchased a few sticks of salt.
  • #267357

    Anonymous

    We went to HECHO EN MEXICO the other day.
    Carnitas: Dry and too salty. Mole: Tasteless. Small portions of guacamole that we had to send back because of way too much lemon. The second time around: No improvement. We eventually gave up. The rest of what we had can best be described as bland, almost Brazilian-style food that was attempting to somehow look and feel Mexican, but failed.
    Only the chips were good.
    We sat in their garden out back, but my girl (who smokes) wasn’t allowed to smoke even though it was under open air.
    It was a Tuesday so it might not have been the kitchen’s best day, but: What a disappointment.
    The bill came to R$200 for two and we didn’t splurge on alcohol: Only one drink each. We have both lived around Mexicans and often get hungry for authentic Mexican food, so we’d like to try other — hopefully better — Mexican restaurants in Sao Paulo. Any other recommendations?

  • #267384

    Finrudd
    Participant

    Picolino – sorry to hear you had a bad experience there. i have only been a couple of times, and not recently, and really enjoyed it, so hope it was a one-time bad experience rather than a Brazilianisation of the food quality. If you do hear of anywhere else good, post it back here please!

  • #267388

    Anonymous

    Fin, it was so bad that I had to check to kitchen. And, sure enough, it had two elderly Brazilian ladies working there. They looked like the ones you see preparing the food in the “por kilo” places. Not a single Mexican in sight.
    We probably should come back on a better night, not a Tuesday, but right now I am just more inclined to try a different place instead.
    Here are the ones we have shortlisted but not yet tried(so obviously any and all comments are welcome):
    LA MEXICANA
    Rua Ministro Jesuíno Cardoso, 515
    Vila Nova Concei√ɬßão / Vila Ol√ɬ≠mpia
    Fone 11 3045 1383
    http://www.lamexicana.com.br
    MEXICANISSIMO 1
    Rua Ribeirão Claro, 192
    Itaim Bibi / Vila Olímpia
    Fone 11 3045-1512
    http://www.mexicanissimo.com.br
    MEXICANISSIMO 2
    Av. Nova Independência, 526
    Brooklin Paulista
    Fone 11 5102-4148
    http://www.mexicanissimo.com.br
    EL MARIACHI
    Rua Dos Pinheiros, 412
    Pinheiros
    Fone 11 3081-0055
    http://www.elmariachi.com.br
    LA BUENA ONDA
    Rua Itapura, 859
    Tatuapé
    Fone 11 2609-5060
    http://www.labuenaonda.com.br
    There are also some TexMex places. Not sure if they are any good. They include NACHO LIBRE (Av Professor Alfonso Bovero 754, Perdizes), EL KABONG (R. Mateus Grou 15, Pinheiros), SI SENOR (Al. Jauaperi 626, Moema + R. Armando Penteado, Praca Vilaboim, Higienopolis) and TOLLOCOS (the little dinky looking taco assembly place on Rua Augusta).
    And does anyone know the LOS 3 AMIGOS bar? (Alameda Jauaperi 845, Moema)
    Finally, there’s a new Taqueria under construction on Rua Augusta, next to Retro Hair (on the other side of the street from the Dia supermarket). I spoke to the owners. They’ll probably open in a month or so. It looks like it might just be worth the wait.

  • #267389

    Kathy2012
    Participant

    How dismal.

    My mother in law gives me a liter of leite coalhada and I make coalhada seca for sour cream. I buy RAP10 for tortillas. I fry bread dough for carnitas. I shred my own pork and grill fajitas. And I’m swimming in avocados and beans.
    Mexican food needs Jalapenos and that’s about the only thing I can’t approximate here. The only reaon the Mexican food sucks is because the Brazilians don’t like it.
  • #267390

    Andrewfroboy
    Participant

    As far as Tex-Mex is concerned, I’ve eaten at Si Se√ɬ±or twice, once was really good, the other was okay, but can’t complain for Tex-Mex food. It’s certainly not Mexican, but it’s good.

  • #267400

    Finrudd
    Participant

    [QUOTE=ObviouslyGYN]How dismal.

    My mother in law gives me a liter of leite coalhada and I make coalhada seca for sour cream. I buy RAP10 for tortillas. I fry bread dough for carnitas. I shred my own pork and grill fajitas. And I’m swimming in avocados and beans.
    Mexican food needs Jalapenos and that’s about the only thing I can’t approximate here. The only reaon the Mexican food sucks is because the Brazilians don’t like it.

    [/QUOTE]

    I do pulled pork on my Ugly Drum Smoker – I smoke it with Pecan wood lumps, and it comes out really well, but takes six or seven hours to get just right. I need some time to start doing the tortillas but someone on here had some success making their own – I think it was 3Casas down in the south?
    For the moment, I am working on perfecting my brisket, but there’s nothing like some chopped brisket in tortillas!
  • #267554

    Rushen
    Participant

    Mexicanissimo was my spot when I lived there. I definitely recommend the Rodizio at dinner or on the weekends. The service is pretty bad if it’s crowded, but in my opinion was the most authentic I came across in SP and reasonably priced for Brazil.

  • #267725

    Anonymous

    [QUOTE=RushenYYZ]Mexicanissimo was my spot when I lived there. I definitely recommend the Rodizio at dinner or on the weekends. The service is pretty bad if it’s crowded, but in my opinion was the most authentic I came across in SP and reasonably priced for Brazil. [/QUOTE]
    We went to Mexicanissimo last night. (The one on Rua Ribeirao Claro 192, SP — not the larger one in Brooklin).
    Initial impression: Dinky place, a bit too simple, not very nice decor.
    The food, however, was absolutely authentic. Not good, not bad, just “right”. The real Mexican taste. Much, much better than Hecho en Mexico.
    You can order a la carte, but we had the whole rodizio for dinner with pretty much unlimited everything. The bill came to R$150 for two, including soft drinks and a few margaritas, and I then left twice my normal tip.
    Over time I am going to try some of the other Mexican places in Sao Paulo but for the food alone this particular place is worth repeating, despite the low-rent cantina atmosphere.

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    spot
    Member

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