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Saturday, April 30, 2011

This insane Brazilian burger is loaded with beef, bacon, chicken, cheese, ham, corn, egg and even french fries

Update as of March 2015: This storefront is covered in paper and looks to be closed. If you have information, please share in the comments below this post. 

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 it to the next level by layering four types of meat—among other things— onto their burgers. 

The owner, Maria das Gracas, serves beer and burgers to an entirely Brazilian crowd. She hails from Minas Gerais, a state in southeastern Brazil. Maria 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," so the X-Burger is their cheeseburger. 

The X-Everything comes with hamburger, chicken, bacon, fried egg, ham, cheese, lettuce, tomato, pieces of corn and thin-cut "shoestring" french fries. The whole thing is so messy that it's actually served with a baggy around it so it doesn't ooze out when you're eating it. 

The result is a yummy mess of a burger, where the hamburger patty is only one of many attractions. Each bite is different. You can wash it down with some Guarana, a soft drink made from a Brazilian fruit. 

Also on the menu is the picanha, a high-quality burger made of rump meat, and linguiça, a Portuguese sausage burger. The coxinha, a ball of battered and spiced shredded chicken, is a delicious snack.  
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  1. A Philadelphia blogger has a great annotated photo of a Brazilian burger here:


  2. All the food is actually pretty decent there. I went there for a beer and snack one night before a late night reservation to Enoteca Sociale

  3. Sounds interesting.

    I think the owner would appreciate it if you put the appropriate accent in her last name: das Graças.

    Also, xiz (x) is pronounced 'sheez', not 'sheesh'.

  4. Friendly place, even if you're not Brazilian. There's often room available on the patio - a rarity in that neighbourhood!