Not much can make a person happier than the circulation of flame-roasted meats flowing throughout a restaurant and stopping by your table for "the drop off."
At Texas de Brazil churrascaria, it tends to be a bit overwhelming at first. Guests are rushing to the buffet-style salad bar, Passadors (the official name for the meat-laden waiters) come buzzing by with various victuals on long swords, waiters quickly bring specialty drinks like caiparinhas, and somewhere in the middle of all of this, you're saying, "What have I gotten myself into?"
Relax. You're in good hands. The Texas de Brazil experience is meant to be a fun one!
You go get half the food, and the other half comes to you. You don't just have one waiter, you now have a staff. And, the food comes in endless supply -- unless you turn over your marker, a little round disc with red and green sides. Green is when you want the Passadors to come to you, red for when you have had enough to eat.
The 50-item salad bar offers fresh Manchego cheese, shrimp salad, tabbouleh, soup of the day like lobster bisque, a variety of roasted and grilled vegetables, sushi, smoked salmon and other salad items. It also features additional sides, like potatoes au gratin, beans, rice, and sautéed mushrooms.
Meat brought to your table is carved tableside and includes Parmesan encrusted chicken, pork tenderloin, barbecue ribs, a spicy chicken breast, lamb chops, venison, and plain or bacon wrapped filet mignon.
The meats are accompanied by fried bananas and mashed potatoes.
For dessert, there are a few different options: A cheesecake is offered with a layer of fudge on the bottom, caramel on the top and a graham cracker crust. Rich and gooey pecan pie, a decadent white and dark chocolate cake, carrot cake, and coconut chess pie are other options.
The Brazilian theme is carried throughout the restaurant. Wrought iron chandeliers, wall sconces, and handmade mirrors are imported from Brazil. Dark red walls and exposed steel beams give the restaurant a rustic, yet elegant look.
Large floral arrangements drape over the buffet and smaller arrangements are positioned throughout the restaurant. A glass-enclosed wine cellar runs the length of the restaurant, sectioning off one of two private dining rooms available for parties of up to 40 people.
The high ceilings and large dinner crowds give Texas de Brazil a noisier atmosphere, but still manageable.
The decor and food are not the only items imported from Brazil. A number of the staff are native Brazilians.
The service is good, the food is flavorful, and you can have as much or as little as you want. Texas de Brazil is definitely a fun night out.
-- Review by Nikki Neu