I Can Eat 50 Eggs: Rio's Brazilian Cafe

In honor of Paul Newman and “Cool Hand Luke,” I’ll review 50 days of eggs from 50 different restaurants.
Day 24: Rio’s Brazilian Cafe
408 Pleasant Valley Road. 828-6617, www.riosofaustin.com.
Hours: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday. 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. Closed Monday.
By Mike Sutter | Fed Man Walking | 01.24.12
Brazil’s gifts to the world are many. Body sculpting, the elegance of the single-named soccer star, the appreciation of how great blue, green and yellow look together. And now the breakfast pocket. For just $2.95 at Rio’s Brazilian Cafe, it’s a crimped pastry crust about the length of a breakfast taco but twice as deep.
The golden shell is part flaky crunch and part chewy shroud for the omelette inside. Rio’s vegetable version brings together scrambled egg, melted mozzarella, spinach, carrots and more for a deceptively flavorful breakfast. We’ll give it a superstar name: Hotpockedhino. And that’s before you add the afterglow of a tangy-hot malagueta sauce made from roasted red and green chile peppers.
With a cup of Casa Brasil coffee, the not-for-fast-food combo is $4.65. The ambiance of the low-slung building painted like a Carnaval procession is free.
(Photos by Mike Sutter © Fed Man Walking)
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