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World Cup eats: Celebrate Brazil

Rodizio skewers of chicken, steak and pork are

Rodizio skewers of chicken, steak and pork are grilled at Churrasqueira Bairrada in Mineola. (July 12, 2013) Credit: Yana Paskova

The World Cup presents a great opportunity to get out of your dining rut and explore world cuisines. The weekend’s matches have me hankering for spanakopita, steak-and-kidney pie, spaghetti carbonara, teriyaki, fondue and chocolate éclairs.

The tournament’s host country, Brazil, is not well represented among Long Island restaurants, but rodizio, the Great Brazilian tradition of grilled, skewered meats, is a popular offering at many local Portuguese restaurants. And with good reason: Brazil, once Portugal’s most profitable colony, took its language and many foodways from its motherland.

Rodizio restaurants charge a set price for as much meat as you can eat, on Long Island, anywhere from $33 to $40. Try not to fill up on salads or side dishes and concentrate on the beef and pork (a variety of cuts), sausage and chicken carved off skewers onto your plate at the table. Non-carnivores will always find fish on the menu. 

Churrasqueira Bairrada Rodizio 144 Jericho Tpke., Mineola, 516-739-3856,

Churrasqueira Carvalhos Rodizio 2700 Sunrise Hwy., Bellmore, 516-679-3300,

Antonio’s Churrasqueira 2455 Long Beach Rd., Oceanside, 516-255-0161,

Luso Restaurant 133 W. Main St, Smithtown, 631-406-6820,

Brasa Rodizio 100 Herricks Rd., Mineola, 516-280-8000,

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