Fogo de Chão (pronounced fo-go dèe shoun), an authentic Southern Brazilian steakhouse, will have their grand opening on March 15, 2012. They will be offering a prix fixe menu which features freshly grilled meats carved tableside, as well as a gourmet salad bar filled with fresh greens and authentic Brazilian sides.
Fogo de Chão specializes in espeto corrido, or “continuous service,” in which a team of Brazilian-trained gaucho chefs prepare and serve 15 different cuts of beef, lamb, chicken and pork; however, they currently do not offer chicken hearts. Guests dictate both the pace and the portions of their dining experience by using a small, double-sided disc that signals to the gaucho chefs that they are ready for the next round of meats.
Although meats are the primary focus, the restaurant also features a salad and sides bar with more than 30 selections, including smoked salmon, sun-dried tomatoes, hearts of palm from Brazil, tabbouleh salad, jumbo asparagus, cured meats, artisan breads and imported cheeses.
The restaurant offers a 200-label wine list or sample Brazil’s most famous signature drink, Caipirinha, made from Brazilian liquor cachaça. They offer premium cachaca which is aged for two years and the taste is much different from my beloved Leblon brand. The flavor is much smoother and refine but it does takes it to another level leaving traditional flavor far behind; however, if you ask the resisdent Brazilian, he prefers the traditional, clear and un-aged cachaca for his country’s signature drink.
Desserts includes Papaya Cream, made with fresh papaya, vanilla ice cream and Crème de Cassis liqueur. This is a very traditional and authentic Brazilian dessert. I highly recommend following dinner with the Papaya Cream. The South American Flan was good but it does not stand out but the Crème Brulee is my favorite between the two! In addition to their dessert list, Fogo de Chao offers Turtle Cheesecake, Molten Chocolate Cake and Key Lime Pie to please a wide varieties of cravings.
South American Flan
Lunch begins Monday, March 19
$26.50 | (Salad Bar Only – $19.50)
$35.50 | (Salad Bar Only – $19.50)
$42.50 | (Salad Bar Only – $19.50)
Fri and Sat 5:00-11:00
Children 5 and under are complimentary. Children 6 to 10 are half price. Any beverages, desserts, tax, and gratuity are additional. An 18% gratuity is added to all parties of 6 or more.
Fogo de Chao is a perfect place to host your next special occasion party like holiday parties, banquets, rehearsal dinners, small weddings, to smaller occasions like to treat your out-of-town guests, anniversaries, or just because you were in the neighborhood. My next visit will be with my family. I have a feeling that my parents would really enjoy themselves with the freshness, the varieties of meats, and the rapid-fire service that Fogo de Chao has to offer.
Some content provided by Emily Kruse of Thompson Wesley Wolfe | 305.389.2285 | Emily@TWsquared.com