From the April issue of Forum
By Jacques Vaney, AmSoc board member
For Americans living abroad in any country, getting a decent burger is a real challenge.
The first burgers I sampled in Brazil tasted more like sausage patties than ground beef. Over the past few years the burgers have improved a lot in São Paulo, and a number of new restaurants have opened and even expanded into good chains. But some strange burger-traits remain, particularly the ubiquitous green mayonnaise, funny retro waiter uniforms, and serving them in a paper wrapper even while inside the restaurant.
Now Brazil has the definitive, authentic Grade-A U.S. burger, offered in Itaim Bibi at P.J. Clarke’s.
One of many hamburger variations available at P.J. Clarke's in Sao Paulo, this one lathered in onions and mussarella.
For those of you who’ve lived in New York City, the name will be familiar. Since 1884, P.J. Clarke’s has been serving the finest burgers in Manhattan, as well as ample beer, drinks and assorted American dessert classics from its landmark location on the corner of 55th Street and Third Avenue.