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Fogo De Chao DineLA Lunch

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Fogo De Chao DineLA Lunch

nosh | Jan 23, 2013 06:49 PM

Went today, arrived about noon -- much of the front room was full when I arrived, when I finished the place was pretty packed. I was very satisfied with my $25++ lunch -- it appeared that most if not all of the usual cold buffet and traveling meats were available. I'm not much of a salad bar guy, but I grabbed a few spears of some lovely, relatively thin (the way I like), and properly cooked asparagus. A couple of slices of big but a bit mealy tomato with some romaine and croutons and Italian dressing on top, and some thick, very crisp and curly (deepfried?) bacon because I can never resist bacon. There were some assorted cured meats up front and what looked like elegant smoked salmon -- but I was there for the meat. Which was plentiful but not overwhelming; I sat in a corner but they didn't miss me. I found most of the cuts available in my preferred medium-rare, and I love seasoned, crusty, fatty crusts as well. The picanha was perfect. I really enjoyed a slice of filet I nabbed early. I really enjoyed some top sirloin (second rotation was bloody rare) and some bottom sirloin was less tender but very crusty. I really enjoyed the silver platter of mashed potatoes they served (I declined a second when my first was almost devoured) and some crisp, buttery fried polenta logs were tasty. I turned down the cooked bananas -- too much potassium.

I was most impressed with the service -- from the greeter to the waiters to the meat-slicers everyone was friendly, enthusiastic, and most accommodating. An enjoyable and very satisfying experience. I got out for $31.xx w/tax&tip -- normal lunch $38.95 would be at least $17 more all in -- not inexpensive but reasonable for the quality, presentation, and generosity. Good DineLA deal. And easy, no special menu, offered to everyone.

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