Few countries inspire the exotic dreams of travelers like Brazil, what with its beautiful game, beautiful women, and beautiful pockets of crumbling slums controlled by feuding warlords with names that sound like Mike Tyson's Punch Out characters. Further evidencing that ungodly amounts of meats should join the list, Mix Flavor Brazilian Grill, now open.
From two longtime Brazilian chefs rolling the dice on their first solo venture, MFBG is a carni-dise serving a "by-the-pound" churrasco BBQ buffet in a simply stated, 45-seat red-walled/exposed brick space (formerly Café Belo) that includes a large group banquette and an old-school wood paneled and mirror'd private dining room that's richly carpeted, so that part's not totally Brazilian. Charcoal grilled grub includes beef short rib Vaca Atolada w/ yucca and collard greens; Costela de Porco com Quiabo (pork rib stew w/ polenta, white rice, and fried okra); and a beans and watercress-accompanied beef ox tail named Rabada, which pairs well with Kaka, especially against North Korea. There're also South American faves like Moquecas (cod fish cooked in coconut milk w/ tomatoes and bell peppers), and the country's national dish, Feijoada Completa -- a pork & black bean stew w/ oranges and a farofa 'Brazilian stuffing', aka how Tom Brady would describe his evenings if he were Ben Roethlisberger.
If you're still awesomely uncultured, MFBG helps your cause with American lunch fare like chicken barbeque pizza, a filet mignon burger, and even steak bombs -- perfect if the place that inspires your exotic dreams of travel is beautiful South Philly.