Everyone is concerned about the high cost of life in Rio. A very popular solution is Pé-Sujo (translation: Dirty Feet) which are bars and tiny restaurants that open onto the street and are everywhere all over Rio. None of them are even the slightest bit refined. When there is a futebol match (especially if Flamengo is on) they are usually crowded with young shouting fans drinking Chopp (draft beer). Some of the best ones have very good food, if you select carefully and they're all cheap. They're all local too. My family has two favorite, both in Copacabana: Galeto Viva Flor,Rua Paula Freitas, 66. This one has great galeto (roasted spring chicken, a southern Brazil specialty), an outstanding caldinho de piranha (soup made from the carnivorous amazonian fish, specialty too R$7) and great pork. All meats take a while because they are spit roasted to order. Yesterday we had a large lunch for two with beer and paid R$55 (US$27). Pavão Azul, Rua Hilário de Gouveia, 71. This one is run by two sisters and has clean bathrooms, a rarity. It is packed most of the time but turnover is fast. Lots of people come from far away because O Globo (our best local newspaper) ranked it #1 Pé-Sujo in the city last year. Bolinho de Bacalhau (cod balls) is one of the best anywhere, an essential component of Rio life (R$7.20 for four) Pastéis (filled savoury pastries) are great too (R$1.60 each in several flavors). This place looks ratty even by Pé Sujo standards, but the food makes it very popular. Not Pé-Sujo but across the street from Pavão Azul is A Polonesa, a tiny place that has been there since the family arrived from Poland just after WWII. It is the only Polish restaurant anywhere around and most people think it is special. One waiter, slow service dated decor and the best chocolate soufflé (order as soon as you enter the place, it takes an hour or so to prepare). You can have your Polish fix and end out with a bill of less than R$60 (US$30) per person. Either get there early, they open at 6PM or make a reservation 2547-7378. The other people from Rio will have lots of otehr Pé-Sujo. Please add good deals.