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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

#1473 #S890 - Ipanema, Seattle - OOO

I missed creating and entry for Ipanema until just after it closed, in August 2011.  Ipanema was a fabulous palace of meat, serving Brazilian churrascaria rodizio style, with servers bringing various cuts and styles on long stakes, and slicing you off the types that you choose. But while meat was king, Ipanema had a large and good enough salad bar to be a great lunch option even if you were foolish or ethical enough to forgo meat.

And while this may have been the least noticed of all, Ipanema had a nice little bar with some of the best summer drinks in the downtown area. It not only had caipirinhas, it had eight different kinds of caipirinhas, with red grapes or passion fruit or guava. A big screen in the back seemed played loops of Carnivale. The only thing that seemed to be missing were hammocks hanging between the faux palm trees, where you could sleep off your satiated food coma.

At least owner Marco Casas Beaux has left a new sister operation, the Amazon Grill, in downtown Bellevue. (Marco also owns Sur in SoDo and at least used to own the Buernos Aires Grill.) But it was a sad day for meat-lovers who live or work in downtown Seattle.

1225 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98101 - (206) 957-8444
Est. Feb 2005 - Closed Aug 2011 - Building constructed: year
Previous bars at this location: Wolfgang Puck
ipanemabraziliangrill.us - pubj - seattletimes - culinaryfool - thestranger - tnt - yelp

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