In Sao Paulo there are TONS of different types of ‘burger focused’ restaurants, from small hole in the wall spots, to Fifties (chain/ Johnny Rocket style) to upscale and ‘trendy’ like Butchers Market. When you walk in, you will feel like you entered a traditional bbq or burger joint in Brooklyn, you know what I’m talking about.. with low lighting, blackboard behind the bar, wooden ‘bench-like’ tables, a cozy atmosphere with a hint of upscale edge and the menu looks and feels very ‘New York’. Actually it also reminds me of one of my favorite NY spots Meatball Shoppe (keep reading with that in mind). On Friday nights you can pay R$15 to sit upstairs and listen to live jazz or you can simply dine on the first floor. There is a long list of imported beers, including Brooklyn lager so if you are craving the NY taste, start with that. To be honest there were so many things on this menu I wanted to have (that being in Brazil I hadn’t had in a while) it was a bit overwhelming for me to just make a decision (of course I now I will have to go back so I can try the things I didn’t get to order- it was that good!). Appetizers include: hand-cut fries with homemade special sauce, onion rings, corn on the cob, pork bun and chili cheese fries… you definitely need to go with the chili cheese fries, they are incredible!! For dinner we shared a burger and the honey mustard chicken salad (below). It was good, but to be honest, not the best I have had and learned my lesson- should just stick to a burger in a burger spot!
The menu features 7 special burgers, including Original Market Burger (w/watercress, mozzarella cheese, smoked bacon, tomato and barbecue sauce for $ 27.00), Mushroom burger, vegetarian burger, turkey burger, double cheese burger, the Joint Burger (Below) served w/ lettuce, mozzarella cheese, caramelized onions and homemade radish mayonnaise for $ 27.00 which was incredible and came with a side salad that was pretty good too!
If you can, save room for the desert!! There is a toasted marshmallow shake that sounded delightful, but when I saw the ‘make your own ice cream cookie sandwich (Meatball Shoppe style) I couldn’t help myself… I’ll be honest it doesn’t compare to the NY version (I don’t think anything will) but it was pretty close! If you like crunchy cookies then you are in for a serious treat!
Butchers Market, Rua Bandeira Paulista, 164 Itaim