In town, there are several options for honest home-style cooking. Padaria Paremol (Rua Manuel de Aguiar 60, tel. 12/3116-1136, daily for lunch, R$5–10) is a retro-style bakery that serves up hearty lunches such as roasted pork with feijão, salad, and macaroni.
Restaurante 418 (Praça Pedro Ramos, tel. 12/3116-5418, daily for lunch and dinner, R$10–20) is a cozy combination bar/restaurant where all the locals hang out. It’s a perfect spot for tasty sandwiches as well as filet mignon and french fries.
For alfresco dining, head to the Restaurante Estação (Av. Rubem de Melo 53, tel. 12/3116-1287, daily for lunch and dinner, R$15–25) facing Bananal ’s train station. Deliciously grilled local trout is accompanied by an enormous heart of palm salad. For dessert, try the homemade doces—preserved fruits such as green papaya and orange served with a slab of creamy white cheese.