Whether you're from Brazil, have visited or have simply grown to love the cuisine, you'll know that food is a big deal in Brazilian culture. Often a family affair, mealtimes are considered a special time to not only build up physical strength, but also to strengthen the ties of loved ones.
This love of food and family time usually means that Brazilian meals last for hours and almost always include meat, beans, rice and other traditional sides.
If you're ready to try some traditional Brazilian fare, read on for a list of 15 mighty independent restaurants you'll soon be a regular.
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3204 N. Broadway St., Chicago, IL 60657
Brazilian Bowl will delight your senses as they are well-stocked with many delicious options.
2018 W. Adams Ave., Chicago, IL 60612
You'll love the food and service at this restaurant.
954 W. Fulton Market, Chicago, IL 60607
If you like Latin American food in general, you'll find lots of traditional dishes at La Sirena Clandestina.
3763 N. Southport Ave., Chicago, IL 60613
Both Brazil and Argentina are known for their steaks and you'll get to fill up on some authentic ones at Tango Sur.
739 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60654
Zed451 is a classy lounge meets steakhouse that is perfect for your next date night.
1434 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60642
If it's brunch you're in the mood for, Flo is your spot.
702 W. Fulton Market, Chicago, IL 60661
Carnivale's feel is fun and trendy and their food will blow you away.
661 N. Lasalle Blvd., Chicago, IL 60654
Pricey though it may be, a trip to Fogo will not be easily forgotten.
1045 S. Roselle Road, Schaumburg, IL 60193
A brightly colored buffet awaits inside of Brazil Express.
2977 N. Elston Ave., Chicago, IL 60618
This restaurant serves up authentic South American dishes that you'll be quick to fall in love with.
2161 N. Western Ave., Chicago, IL 60647
This unassuming cafe will delight all of its guests.
1600 W. Lake St.. Unit 102, Addison, IL 60101
Though outside of Chicago proper, you'll quickly be willing to make the drive for the tasty food dished up here.
3008 Finley Road, Downers Grove, IL 60515
Chama Gaúcha's upscale feel will make a perfect date night spot.
1340 Butterfield Road, Downers Grove, IL 60515
Nossa! is a fun restaurant that is well worth the drive from Chicago.
926 W. Diversey Parkway, Chicago, IL 60657
You'll adore the friendly staff and the irresistible food offered here.