Pão de Queijo: Cheese puffs like you never had them before. Absolute must.
Pastel de Carne: Very much like a deep fried beef fried wontons. Must try.
Pastel de Queijo/Camarão: Just like above, but with cheese or shrimp.
Empada de Camarão: Shrimp cup pastry.
Kibe: Arabic snack made from deep fried whole-wheat surrounding a spicy ground beef center.
Coxinha: Shredded chicken inside deep-fried dough.
Bolinho de Aipim: Deep-fried cassava dough with a ground beef center.
Croquete de Carne: Oven baked whole-wheat dough with ground beef center.
Pão de Batata: Potato bread with chicken, sausage, or ground beef center.
Cachorro Quente (hot dog): A variation of the NY style hotdog: bread, sausage, tomato sauce with onions and peppers, then optionals: corn, string potatoes, parmesan and other stuff. Forget the other stuff.
Cachorro Quente de Forno: Oven baked hotdog in croissant shaped bread.
Esfiha: A tri-folded pizza of Arabic origin. Must have.
Churros: Deep fried dough filled with none other than doce de leite (caramel’s rich cousin). Then rolled in cinnamon sugar. Mmmmm good.
Misto Quente: Ham and cheese sandwich, made with stringy mozzarella. A must and usually very safe.
X-Tudo: Double cheese burger with everything they have to offer: bacon, fried egg, sausage, shredded chicken, string potatoes, corn, etc.
Salsichão: A big hotdog sausage on a stick, grilled then pointlessly dipped in vinaigrette and farofa.
Pastel de Forno: Oven baked folded pie with various flavored fillings. Usually great.
Bolinho de Bacalhau: Cod fish cake in ball format. Very good. Eat it with olive oil. Don’t try the peppers.
Folheado: A flat croissant filled with ham and cheese, spinach or chicken
Joelho: The poor man’s ham and cheese croissant. So doughy, you’ll need 3 cokes to choke this down. Waste of money.
Sanduiche Natural: Simple sandwich with lettuce, tomatoes, cheese and ham and/or variations of these, without any condiments. Light and healthy.