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Fogo de Chao: if you LOVE meat
Tastefully designed with international flair (high-beamed ceilings, warm woods and elegant flowers), Fogo de Chao is a spacious temple for enthusiastic eaters. Families and corporate types feast leisurely on limitless skewered meats slowly roasted over an open fire. Don't expect a menu; it's strictly all-you-can-eat.
After visiting the stunning salad bar, brimming with pristine vegetables, cheeses, black beans and breads, relax while polite gaucho-clad servers come calling with your every carnivorous craving. Sample one--tender filet mignon comes to mind--or all 10. Thick lamb chops, pork loin and bacon-wrapped chicken are sometimes overcooked; highly seasoned (albeit salty) beef selections are juicy and rare. Fogo does incredible things with plump chicken legs and pork sausages. Dessert? You must be kidding. The California-heavy wine list includes some goodies from Argentina and Chile, and the Caipirinha, a high-voltage sugar cane cocktail, is worth a try.
Fogo de Chao: Brazilian Steakhouse - all you can eat
This place is a bit expensive, so come hungry! I recommend going at lunch on a weekday because the price is lower.
This Brazilian meat eater's paradise includes an all-you-can-eat salad buffet with such exotic fare as quail eggs, crab salad and feijoada (a mixture of black beans and rice), along with thinly sliced meats and collard greens. The gauchos come around and serve meat until you say STOP. It includes 17 kinds of meat and seafood, from bacon-wrapped chicken to beef tenderloin, ham, chicken hearts and linguiça, a Portuguese sausage, all served by gauchos wielding three-foot skewers of the meats prepared in the churrasco fashion. These beloved carriers of carne continuously bring on the meat until you can take no more. Wash it all down with a caipirinha, the national drink of Brazil, made with fresh-squeezed lime juice and rum.
The restaurant is open for lunch Monday-Friday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dinner is served every night.
Favorite Dish: The picanha is my favorite steak!
- Business Travel
Fogo de Chao: Meat the Brazilian way !
I love this place...
I love the concept:
A buffet with vegetables and others where you can help yourself as much as you want and different types of meat presented on spits (a waiter equals a spit and a spit equals one type of meat). You have 1 piece of cardboard, one side is red the other is green. If you want more meat you have to show the green side, if you are full put the red side on.
And as long as your cardboard is green , the different waiters come to tempt with delicious meat.
A place to go!
Fogo de Chao: One of THE best places ever!
It is a pity I couldn't take pictures as both time being there was on a business dinner. But if you are familiar with the Brasilian restaurant way, this one is the best I saw outside of Brasil. VERY good meat, really delicious. And they waiters just keep coming with the sticks of delicious meat. The salad bar and desserts are good as well (however, the creme brulee is way too creamy for European taste). All in all, in my top 3 restaurants I have ever been!
Fogo de Chao: Fogo disrespect
Fogo Sucks. If you want to be ignored and disrespected, go to an S & M retreat. If you want good service, timely and honest reception and prompt attention; DO NOT go to Fogo de Chao. Do not bother calling for reservations, because the reservation clerk is trained to lie. " You do not have to make a reservation, many seats are available." Upon arrival the victim learns that
1. a minimum 15 ( really 45) minute wait.
2. no reservations are taken.
Prepare to be ignored, marginalized, and otherwise, patronized into irrelevance.
There are so many better places to eat. BOYCOTT Fogo de Chao.
Favorite Dish: Humble Pie
- Farm Stay
Fogo de Chao: Carnivore's delight!
Fogo do Chao is a small chain that serves what they call Brazilian cuisine. For the uninitiated, that means that there is good meat and plenty of it. The feature that distinguishes Fogo de Chao from most restaurants is the way that the meat is served.
When one orders the full meal, one is given a little round disk that looks like a coaster. It is red on one side and green on the other. Waiters circulate around the restaurant at all times. When a customer wants more meat, he turns his disk from red side upward to green side upward. The green disk side facing upward is the sign for waiters to bring meat.
When the green is showing, every waiter will stop and offer whatever he is carrying. The diner can say "yes please" (or just nod) to get that particular meat or "no thanks" to wait for another kind of meat. When one's plate is full, he flips the disk and eats what is on the plate.
Some of the meats are only good, but others are outstanding. I loved the lamb and the filet. I don't remember the cuts that I didn't like as much, but even they were still quite good.
The waiters dress in costumes that are supposed to resemble the dress of Brazilian cowboys. The Brazilian theme doesn't come across too strongly, but I took that as a sign that they knew how far to go without overdoing it. The place looks very nice. The only negative in my opinion was that it is often crowded. Obviously, many people in Houston think it's a great restaurant.
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