With its candlelit bar, thatched décor and the gentle sounds of bossa nova in the air, atmosphere alone is worth a trip to Brasilia. The South Grand restaurant showcases traditional Brazilian fare (and a few non-traditional items) in a quint setting that all but begs for a round of caipirinhas. Stand out dishes include coxihna, an appetizer of chicken filled fritters that taste like savory chicken doughnut holes. Pastel is another must-try. These empanada-like hand pies come in your choice of beef, chicken or cheese and are so delectable you’ll wish you had ordered two. Entrees include feijoada, the traditional Brazilian black bean stew with beef, pork and sausage and vatapa de frango, which is a chicken breast covered in rich cashew nut gravy. Brasilia offers a variety of seafood dishes, including whole fish, and stews, but really, it doesn’t matter what you nosh on -- the setting steals the show.

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