Seldom do I want something that looks like an advanced weapon appearing at my dinner table, but in the case of Fogo de Chão, I'll make an exception. The Brazilian Steakhouse, or churrascaria, brings perfectly portioned meat, skewered on a long sword, to your table, daily.
Now that's service.
Fogo de Chão offers an authentic flavor of Southern Brazil. Start your meal with fluffy pao de queijo (chewy Brazilian bread with cheese.) Then head to the self-serve salad bar where items like fresh asparagus, cheeses, chicken salad, potato salad and more are offered.
Once finished noshing on leafy greens, the servers will offer you clean plates. A selection of sides including rice, delicious garlic mashed potatoes, sautéed bananas and crispy fried polenta will appear at your table.
Then, it's time for the meat course. To begin, flip the coin on your table from red to green--and be prepared. Much like a traffic light, the green light lets the gaucho chefs know to head to your table with their offerings.
Something to note about the meat--the gaucho that serves you also prepares the meat in the kitchen over a large spitfire.
A few highlights worth trying include the picanha--sirloin flavored with garlic -- and the bacon wrapped filet mignon. The cordeiro, or leg of lamb is tender and juicy, as is the frango, or French-cut chicken. There is plenty of meat to choose from at all times, and more than a dozen cuts of meat total.
The desserts, though not included in the buffet price, include a great strawberry cream mousse, tart key lime pie and a gooey chocolate molten lava cake.
The restaurant offers a sleek, modern environment, furnished with a center buffet-style salad bar and adorned with oversized floral displays.
There is a bar area if you just want to stop and have a drink or maybe just a bite to eat. The bar menu offers signature dishes like the house specialty Picanha, crispy polenta, sausage, a cheese and charcuterie platter, warm cheese bread and more.
All bar menu items are $8, but guests who choose to stay for dinner receive their bar food on the house. Fogo?s bar bites are available during happy hour only, Monday - Friday from 4 - 6 p.m.
There is also a main dining room area and nine private dining rooms that can be converted to create the perfect environment for your next party, business lunch or family gathering.
-- Review by Nikki Neu