Update – Brazilian Challenge Day 82: Mercearia

A mercearia is a small grocery store, one you would most likely find in a small town and perhaps the only place to buy a variety of items.

Yesterday, we went to the evolution of one of these mercearias – Mercearia do Conde. Originally a mercearia, it is now a restaurant and café. But the reason a visit to this dining establishment might make you more Brazilian is the total immersion in fun Brazilian stuff.

Rugs hang from rods in passage ways. Toys and bags are strung from the ceiling. Art and knick knacks cover the walls.

All for sale.

Even the menus are an experience.

Oh yeah. And the food was delicious.

UPDATE: Photos of food

As requested, here are some photos of the actual food.

 

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12 Responses to Update – Brazilian Challenge Day 82: Mercearia

  1. Everything looks so beautiful! Would have loved to see photos of the food!

  2. Alex says:

    What an interesting concept!

  3. nilsonsux says:

    Do you think it would be accurate to say that a mercearia is similar to a mom and pop store?
    Although this one – being the Count’s mercearia – is of aristocratic mom and pop lineage.

  4. Do you think it would be correct to say that a mercearia is similar to a mom and pop store?
    If so then the one you visited would be like a mom and pop store transformed into a eating establishment, yet retaining some of the original concept. Is this accurate?
    Btw, I’ve heard interesting things about the place below. I have never been so if you do go please review.
    http://guia1.folha.com.br/guia/bares/variados/13433/mercearia_sao_pedro

    • Yes! Remember Oleson’s Mercantile on “Little House on the Prairie?” Like that. We’ve been to Mercearia São Pedro! It is where we ate after Pico Do Jaragua on Day 53. I wasn’t particularly impressed by their feijoada, but the appetizers we ordered were deliciously good (bad). The place is crazy, it’s like a boteco but a book store. An interesting mess. Definitely worth a trip. And next door was a café/clothing store.

  5. The term ‘mom and pop’ is uttered and the gal from the midwest promptly links it to Oleson’s Mercantile. LOL. Way to perpetuate a stereotype.

  6. Reblogged this on born again brazilian and commented:

    Update with photos of the actual food!

  7. Mel says:

    Gotta visit you, so I can see this place and try all this wonderful-looking food!

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