KØD

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Burgers. Super American, right? Well, they’ve got them all over Brazil, you can find them at many luncheonettes, but, there really aren’t any stand-alone burger joints. Now, in Vila Magdalene, Sao Paulo, you can go to newly opened KOD Burgers, and I went on the opening night.

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This quick serve restaurant focus on all homemade ingredients, without frills. The menu will change occasionally from day to day, depending on what ingredients are in play that day. Vegetarians and vegans can also dine in with at least one veggie option every day.

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Since I don’t eat meat, I went for their vegetarian option that day, the Chick Chick (Burger vegano de grão-de-bico, tofu e curry). Now, the group I went with all had the beef burgers and loved them. So, I have to think they’re doing something right. However, I didn’t really love my veggie burger as much. I can respect the fact that it’s all made in house, using fresh and local ingredients. And, since it isn’t the only variation of veggie burgers that they offer (although it was that night), they might have tastier options to be tried. 

The Shorts:
Name: KØD
Location: Rua Mourato Coelho 1134 São Paulo, Brazil
The Long and Short: Would I go back? Personally, might not be my spot.
Would I recommend it? For meat eaters and burger enthusiasts, yes. There was a lot of positive feedback on the beef patties. 

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Bubby’s

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One of my favorite restaurants in NYC is Bubby’s in TriBeCa. So, I paid them a little visit for brunch. 

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Open 24 hours, this homey restaurant cooks up large portions of fresh, scratch made food that will put your real bubby’s to shame. I’ve dined here for every meal, including a mid-afternoon snack comprised of their famous pie (which is actually how Bubby’s got started).

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I’m somewhat a creature of habit when it comes to my brunch choices. I love a good egg dish and an amazing smoked salmon platter, so, I went for the latter (what’s up, Dr. Seuss). I got their Smoked Organic Salmon Platter (cucumbers, red onions, tomatoes, capers, cream cheese, homemade bagel). Served on a crisp bed of lettuce, the generous portion of salmon is fresh and delicious. Whether you sandwich it up or eat separately as a smoked salmon salad and bagel with cream cheese, all the flavors go so well together. The homemade everything bagel I chose was perfectly toasted, crunchy on the outside and warm and soft on the inside. 

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Good ‘ole Bessie with the day’s specials. 

The Shorts:
Name: Bubby’s
Location: 120 Hudson Street, NYC
The Long and Short: Would I go back? I’d go back every day if my wallet allowed it.
Would I recommend it? I high-apple-pie-in-the-sky-ly recommend it (and yeah, you should probably try their apple pie too while you’re there).