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Brazil foodies go off beaten path in Rio's slums

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 27, 2013 at 2:04 am •  Published: May 27, 2013

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Rio de Janeiro residents who would fit in at the city's hottest nightspots are discovering a new trend: hanging out at bars and restaurants in favelas, the hillside slums that were long ruled by ruthless and heavily armed drug gangs.

Now that the police have started pacifying some of the slum neighborhoods, there's a growing buzz about the best food and drink the favelas have to offer.

A new Portuguese-language guidebook called "The Gastronomical Guide to the Favelas of Rio" refutes the idea that slum food consists solely of deep-fried snacks by showcasing the people and places behind the shantytowns' tastiest tapioca omelets, greatest grilled chicken, and most scrumptious seafood stews and sushi.

The guide's researchers visited some 97 establishments, judging venues on food, decor, service and cost.