On my last trip to da 'burgh, I decided to treat my dad to a unique birthday dinner. Usually, it's Ruth's Chris or Morton's or another of Pittsburgh venerable steak chains. This time, I decided to give Green Forest Churrascaria a try.
Located on Rodi Rd., right off of 376 near Monroeville, Green Forest is - as far as I know - Pittsburgh's only Brazilian restaurant. We went early on a Sunday evening, at 5 pm, and - with only one other car in the parking lot - I was a bit worried.
However, once the skewers of meat started coming around, my worries were relieved. But I'll talk about that later - first - the salad bar. Among the choices offered were:
variety of salads (tabouleh, marinated mozzarella, pasta)
veggies (hearts of palm, olives, etc.)
mussels w/vinegar and pepper
cocktail shrimp (nicely sized, too)
Feijoada (Brazilian national dish) w/farofa, collards
Zucchini au gratin
While the feijoada wasn't amazing, it was better than I though it'd be. The shrimp were fresh and tasty, the mozzarella salad was fantastic, but I tried not to fill up on the salad bar in anticipation of the bounty of meat that would be soon to come.
For those unfamiliar with the Brazilian rodizio, it is essentially an all you can eat bounty of grilled meats and the such, brough to your table on a skewer. On your table, you are given a disc, or, in this case, a small tumbler. One side is red, the other green. When you want the meat to start coming to your table, flip it so the green side is up. When you want it to stop - flip it to red.
Well, all of the meats were fantastic - freshly grilled by the adept gaucho/chef. Selections included:
filet mignon wrapped in bacon
linguiça (Portuguese sausage)
turkey wrapped in bacon
The best were the filet and the beef ribs, but everything was nicely seasoned, expertly grilled, and tasty. For dessert (but served throughout) was an amazing grilled pineapple dusted in cinammon and sugar. Man was that great!
I highly recommend this place to anyone who is a fan of meat. It's agreat experience and fairly authentic (the staff and chef were Brazilian). For this amazing amount of food the cost is $26.95. (Drinks and dessert are extra.) I didn't try one, but they make mean-looking caiprinhas.
Green Forest Churrascaria
655 Rodi Road