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Fogo de Chao (sort of long)

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Fogo de Chao (sort of long)

Akatonbo | Mar 19, 2004 07:51 AM

We went last night to Fogo de Chao, for the first time in over a year, determined not to overdo it (the last time we went, my husband wound up in the hospital the next day, which may or may not have been a case of cause and effect). these churrascarias are like dim sum for meat lovers - it's wonderful not having to wait even five minutes to satisfy your craving for meat. We found the quality basically good, with some uneven spots (which was true on other visits, too - there's an element of luck involved) - but the staff is so eager to please that you don't really mind. My husband's overcooked and dry piece of beef rib, for instance, was whisked away immediatley and another handsome young man was dispatched to our table to supply a better slice. I had many slices of my favorite, the Picanha, which always includes a rim of ambrosial beef fat. The little grilled sausages were also tasty. The huge salad bar includes great Spanish style ham , and a smoked, sliced fish that was reminiscent of sable, but much better - if it was salmon it was cured by a process I'm not familiar with. We finished up with goblets of their papaya and cream dessert, which is good, but bland - but they enlivened it by pouring cassis over the top. All in all, a satisfying meal. When they're good, they're very, very good, and when they're bad, they're still pretty good.

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