What typical restaurants, food delivery services, and/or takeout options are popular among expatriates?

You can use iFood or Rappi to order a wide variety of food types and even groceries. There are lots of very good restaurants, only a couple of great ones. No surprise, the vast majority of restaurants are Brazilian. Recife is known for its excellent seafood, although some Brazilians will tell me that churrasco is better in the south. Good Italian, good sushi, decent Peruvian, passable Mexican (sometimes), and passable Chinese are readily available. There have been a growing number of vegan options (I'm not an expert on the quality), including ice cream (which is pretty good). - Aug 2020


US fast food includes McDonald's, Pizza Hut, Subway, and Applebee's. There are lots of places that are self-service where you pay by the pound that are quite good and within $10. A few other Brazilian fast food places like Habib's (Arabic) and Bob's (Hamburgers) are cheap and not bad. - Jan 2011


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