After consulting with Silvana we ventured out to dinner at a locals-only place, a beer garden a few blocks away.
Walking this area after dark was not too difficult. The
streets were well-lit and people were out and about. We stayed away
from dark areas, fences, and the like, and felt quite safe. The
restaurant had one menu that was somewhat translated into English, and
we used that along with the regular menu to figure out what to order.
We both ended up with steak dinners, as we were famished after skipping
lunch and our long walk about town. They were both generous and
delicious, and reasonably priced. We finished the night with a couple
of caipirinhas, the famous drink of Brazil, and returned to the pousada
to crash in the silence and tranquility of our new, larger room.