Rio de Janeiro is more than 5,200 miles away from Dallas, but Dallas is doing its best to bring the Olympics to Dallasites anyway. In addition to plenty of places to watch the Olympics, a few Dallas restaurants are offering special Olympic menus and deals. Be sure to check these out, since the Summer Olympics only come around every four years.
Starting Aug. 5, CiboDivino will introduce a new Brazilian themed menu item as well as two Brazilian beers. The $18 "Brazilian Meat Board Trios" include three popular Brazilian meats and a baked cheese roll (Pao de Quiejo). The meat board features Picanha, (a garlic roasted top sirloin carved thin), Lambo, (a parmesan fire grilled pork loin) and Frango, (Currasco chicken thighs with spicy Brazilian marinade).
Plus, CiboDivino Marketplace is importing two beers at $5 each from Brazil: the Paul Louca (a German Pilsner style-very light easy drinking lager) and the Xingu Black, (a Schwarzbier style naturally fermented corn bee).
Items available Aug. 5 to Aug. 21. 1868 Sylvan Ave., Dallas.
Victor Tangos has a special Brazilian cocktail to celebrate the Olympics. The $12 Anéis de Rio includes Avua Prata, Avua Amburana, feni, roasted cashew syrup, lime and angostura. And based on the seemingly foreign ingredients, it must be true to its Rio name.
3001 N. Henderson Ave., Dallas.
Check out Proof + Pantry to taste a $4 caipirinha, Brazil's national cocktail made of cachaca (sometimes known as Brazilian rum), sugar and lime. These cocktails are only available during lunch, but what better excuse is there to have a drink with lunch than the Olympics?
Available from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday from Aug. 5 through 21. 1722 Routh St., Dallas.
The Owners Box at this Dallas hotel has 71 TVs to watch the games, including a 16-foot (that's 192 inches) screen. Plus, for 30 minutes after each U.S. Gold medal win, you can grab a $4 draft beer. And there are three Olympic themed sandwiches.
The $13 Gold Medal Burger includes a double patty, onion strings, cheddar cheese, barbecue sauce, and onion rings on the side.
The 4x100 Relay Burger, $19, is a quadruple patty with black pepper and maple jam, cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion and French fries. That's probably how much a 4x100 relay contestant needs to eat after racing.
The $14 Brazilian Sandwich includes roast beef, mozzarella, tomato and pickled cucumber on a French roll served with potato chips.
Items available Aug. 5 through Aug. 21. 555 S. Lamar St., Dallas.
Fort Worth's Omni Hotel also offers some Olympics meals — an entire Rio-themed menu, actually.
Start with either the $9 pao de queijo (Brazilian bread stuffed with cheese and garlic butter) or the$12 camarões de alho (garlic prawns).
Enjoy the $22 cordeiro estilo brasa (which they say is "brasa-style" lamb), the $21 filé pan mahi mahi (pan seared mahi mahi) or the $18 lenta costeleta de carne de porco assada (slow roasted pork chops) as a main course.
Don't miss the $6 acai na tigela (acai bowl) or the $6 mango pudim de leite condensado (Brazilian-style flan) for dessert.
And, of course there are $10 Brazilian cocktails as well including the traditional caiprinha, the national drink of Brazil and the Paulista, known as the drink of San Paul, Brazil.
You might even pick up a bit of Portuguese just ordering off this menu.
Menu available Aug. 1 through Aug. 20. 1300 Houston St., Fort Worth.