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Cleo's Brazilian Steakhouse (Chursaco) San Bruno

KK | Jul 29, 200512:29 AM

Ate there a few weeks ago. Initially it was rather difficult to find. It is right next to the Super 8 Motel, and when you drive by you might see the Pizza Man sign by the window and that will confuse anyone.

Dinner was I think $24.95 per person and it is all you can eat. There were multiple varities of meat, carved to order (the meat masters come to your table). It was my first time having churasco so I have nothing to compare this experience with.

For drinks, they have freshly squeezed pineapple juice. I think orange was freshly squeezed as well. The other juices are not.

There is a salad bar in the back, as well as self help buffet style servings of rice, refried beans, and a chicken ravioli that tasted pretty good.

On to the meats:

* Top sirloin wrapped in bacon - Pretty good, though I think removing the bacon would make the sirloin less "top" in taste. Gotta love that porky belt around that piece of beef!

* Chicken Hearts - superb and very juicy. Couldn't get enough of these! Probably the best chicken hearts I've ever had, even surpassing the kind found in Chinese style steamed chickens.

* Shrimp on the shell - also juicy and shells were also cooked to the point where you could eat the whole thing without worrying too much, though each piece varies

* Short ribs - a MUST have. Probably the juiciest of all beef cuts. Tender and a lot of flavor.

* Tri tip - I recall this being on the dry and chewy side

* Lamb - a bit dry as well. Tasted more like beef than lamb

* Sausage - Must be a Brazilian style sausage. Definitely a highlight. Moist on the inside, lots of flavor, but seems a bit filling. I could only have two.

* Pork - can't remember exactly how it was prepared but it was wonderful. Pork tenderloin roast? Light marinade, with a strong hint of salt. Very soft and best of all not dry.

There were maybe 2 to 3 more varieties of beef, but definitely less than memorable (on the dry and chewy side). They all tasted very similar, also a little on the salty side.

Overall it was a nice meal and also family friendly. I would go back again.

If memory serves me right, address was:

451 El Camino Real
San Bruno, CA

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