My nose typically finds the places that I eat when I'm walking around. This is no different. The town is small and only requires a few minutes to walk around, but even that little appetite needs to be satisfied.
Doce Doce is a family run place, which I believe is main flood directly below the owners living area. The store is modest with maybe two tables inside and one table outside, but there is not a lot of clientele, so that should not be a problem.
Favorite Dish: The menu says that they have basic salgados and savory foods like pizza and lasagne. But like the name advertises, the sweets are the main draw.
Sampling the chocolates and candies, I did rather enjoy the brownie.
The family run restaurant is very comfortable. There are some tables inside for those who are not acclimated to the cool air (mainly the Cariocas who think 20C is cold..). But the large wooden tables in the open air front yard give a fresh air vantage point to enjoy the lunch/dinner. The service is decent, but don't expect the food to arrive at the table quickly.
From the tourism website:
Horário de funcionamento:
Sexta (Friday) - 12:00 às 17:00
Sábado (Saturday) - 12:00 às 19:00
Domingo (Sunday) à partir das 12:00
Favorite Dish: The menu is not all the expansive, but has a variety of snack foods and sandwiches. But there are also steaks and pastas. I can't say what the specialty of the house is, but the garlic beef was pretty good, even if the portion size was small.
I do know that there is public transit to the town, since the bus almost ran me off the road. But what I cannot say is the frequency of the bus or the destination on the other end. I would venture to say it is extremely limited.
Lavras Novas is off the beaten path between Ouro Branco and Ouro Preto, just follow the signs. After you exit the main highway (MG-129 / MG-443), the road will be paved for ~6km then becomes a dirt road which is rather narrow at some places.
It might only be a little stretch to call Lavras Novas a one-horse town. In reality, I saw at least four horses and maybe a dozen cows. But all of them were freely walking around the town, often parking themselves either on the cobblestone sidewalk or within he cars themselves.
The entire town itself is an 'off the beaten path' destination.