For San Francisco Restaurant Week I reviewed Minas Brazilian Restaurant in the Hayes Valley neighborhood of San Francisco. This cozy hole in the wall focuses mainly on mineiro cuisine (from Minas Gerais state in southeastern Brazil). This area is known for its cheeses, stews, and desserts flavored with tropical fruits like coconut, guava, and passionfruit. While the Brazilian food sounded interesting, I was mostly there to experience the cachaçaria! Minas has a small but fully stocked bar specializing in cachaça (pronounced ca-sha-sa), a very popular Brazilian spirit distilled from sugar cane and is also Brazil’s national spirit. They have both aged cachaça that can be drunk straight or various yummy cocktails including some funky takes on the famous caipirinha which is a drink made using cachaça muddled with lime and sugar.
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Minas Brazilian Restaurant and Chachaçaria
41 Franklin Street
San Francisco, CA
Open Monday through Friday for lunch & dinner
Open Saturday for dinner and Sunday for brunch