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Where to Eat and Drink to Celebrate the Olympics in LA

By Lesley Balla  |  August 3, 2016
Credit: Fogo de Chao

Everyone is gearing up for all things Brazilian when the Olympic Games begin in Rio on Friday, August 5. In the melting pot that is LA, we have Brazilian food and drink peppered around the culinary scene, from cachaça-filled cocktails, including the famed caipirinha, to churrasco-style grilled meats. Here's where to sip and dine around town, in honor of the games or any time.

Watch the opening ceremony and the games
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Baltaire
Kick back in the luxe leather couches on the patio at the Brentwood mod steakhouse and watch the Olympics on a large screen. For a twist on the caipirinha, there's the Cabral, made with cachaça, kumquat, celery juice and lime.

11647 San Vicente Blvd.; 424-273-1660

Paley
The new Hollywood stunner will project the opening ceremony on the wall in the courtyard on Friday, Aug. 5, 7-10 PM, and serve caipirinhas along with other drink specials throughout the night. You could even start earlier — there's a great happy hour here beginning at 2:30 PM.

6115 Sunset Blvd.; 323-544-9430

Taste on Melrose
The West Hollywood neighborhood spot will launch Olympic-themed specials for opening ceremonies and will serve them while the games run through August 21. There's a red-white-and-blue sipper for team U.S.A., and a flavorful mint and mango caipirinha to get in the spirit of Rio. Drink them while watching the games on a big screen in the atrium.

8454 Melrose Ave.; 323-852-6888

Messhall
Barman Austin Mendez created an Olympic Cup cocktail to celebrate the host country. It's a refreshing drink made with cachaça, muddled lime and cucumber, with a bit of sugar and a pinch of salt. Get it throughout the games for $10. 

4500 Los Feliz Blvd.; 323-660-6377

Public School 310
All of the Public School locations, including this Culver City outpost, will have Olympic-themed nights throughout the games. Head in and try a Gold Medal Cocktail and play Olympic Bingo to win free snacks (like Buffalo cauliflower). Feel free to chant U-S-A at will.

9411 Culver Blvd.310-558-0421

Where to eat Brazilian food
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M Grill
Barbecue in Koreatown doesn't have to come with kimchi. This Brazilian steakhouse has been serving its all-you-can-eat churrasco-style grilled meats, salad and antipasto bar, plus cocktails and wine since 2003. The salad bar features everything from kale and quinoa to hearts of palm, artichokes and asparagus, roasted beets and grilled zucchini, and you can swing by as many times as you want. Grilled meats run the gamut from lamb and pork to beef and chicken. 

3832 Wilshire Blvd.; 213-389-2770

Fogo de Chão
A heavy-hitter for churrascaria fare in LA, this massive all-you-can-eat spot features meat skewers, vegetables and a pretty extensive Brazilian salad bar. Use your disc to get more food — the servers walk the room with swords filled with seasoned, slow-grilled beef, chicken, sausages and more (remember "red means "stop," green means "go"), and make sure to have a caipirinha or two. There are two outposts: the Beverly Hills original and the newest in Downtown LA.

133 N. La Cienega Blvd.; 310-289-7755
800 S. Figueroa St.213-228-4300

Cafe Brasil
This colorful casual spot has long been known for its juicy steak, chicken, rice, black beans and crisp plantains, not to mention a breakfast menu that's served all day. The green salsa is a must for just about anything that comes off the grill. There's also feijoada, a soulful pork and black been stew, made daily. To drink, down a Brazilian soda or a sake-based caipirinha (no liquor served here, only beer, wine and sake). It's not quite the same, but it does the trick.

10831 Venice Blvd.; 310-837-8957

Pampas Grill
It's one of the most casual places to get your fix of churrasco-style grilled meats, rice and beans, plantains and more. Walk along the counter at the Original Farmers Market, pick what you want — start with the salads and vegetables, and move to the grilled sirloin cap and spicy chicken, to the desserts like passion fruit mousse — and pay for everything by weight.

6333 West 3rd St.323-931-1928

Bossa Nova
Known more for its late-night hours (it's open until 3:30 and 4 AM during the week and weekends) than traditional Brazilian fare, this hot spot near the Sunset Strip has everything from grilled marinated chicken with rice and black beans to pizzas, salad and pasta. Not a fan of cachaça? Get your caipirinha made with vodka or vermouth instead. There are other outposts in West Hollywood and West LA, too.

7181 Sunset Blvd.; 323-436-7999