There’s a certain charm to the Austin east side, and I think Rio’s Brazilian Cafe truly captures it. The place is small, colorful, “a little run down” on the surface, but loaded with said charm.
Prices are insanely cheap. Our hearty pastries were around $4 a piece, and it was about the same to add soup, salad, or their world famous cheese breads to the order.
I don’t think that the food is out of this world, but if you fancy South American fare, it’s great for the price. On Sundays they have tropical mimosa specials, but any other day of the week it’s about $6-8 for a glass of wine. The big secret to pay attention to is the ridiculously cheap caipirinha set-ups ($2.50) for those who bring their own bottle of Cachaca.