An enormous Brazilian burger includes four kinds of meat, and a lot else.
Brazilian burgers are not your ordinary burgers. Forget about two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions on a sesame seed bun. The folks at Novo Horizonte Sports Bar, at 1430 Dundas Street West (at Gladstone), take the burger formula to the next level by layering four types of meat—among other things—onto theirs.
The owner, Maria das Gracas, serves beer and burgers to an entirely Brazilian crowd. She hails from Minas Gerais, a state in southeastern Brazil. She personally fries up the hamburger, ham, and bacon on a tiny grill in the corner of the bar. The scent of bacon wafts out into the street.
If you’re coming here, don’t bother with half-measures. Go for the “X-Everything” burger. Apparently the X comes from the way Brazilians pronounce the letter X in Portuguese. They say “sheesh,” which sounds like the English word “cheese,” making the X-Burger their cheeseburger.
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