Best of Boston

2002 Best Brazilian Restaurant

Café Brazil

From the outside, Café Brazil doesn’t look like much. But the warm welcome from the straight-from-São Paulo staff matches the spicy, authentic dishes served inside. The fish dishes, in particular, are addictive and flavorful and the Brazilian specialty of feijoada—a pork stew served with beans, collared greens, and orange slices—is almost frighteningly heavy. Wash it down with a beer or the favorite Brazilian tropical fruit soda Guarana while soaking up the live samba music.

421 Cambridge St., Allston, 617-789-5980,