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Mastergrill Churrascaria, Garland

healthyscratch | Jun 21, 200707:57 AM    

In the Firewheel Town Center. Went there on Father's Day, early (about 4:30pm). Wasn't busy when we got there, but pretty packed by the time we left.

I've been to several other churrascarias, including Texas de Brazil in Addison. Mastergrill costs considerably less, at $28 (I think $30 on Fri/Sat). But in my experience, yeah, you're saving some money, but you get what you pay for.

Our waiter seemed to be serving tables all over the (huge) restaurant. We saw him waiting tables clear across the room, and he didn't make it to ours very often. To be fair, there were a lot of attentive bussers, and they could have been shortstaffed (which would suck on Father's Day); our waiter didn't make any forced excuses, just polite and apologetic.

The food, standard churrascaria fare, tasted great. Everything I had was excellent. Serve me meat fresh off the fire, and I'm in heaven. I just didn't see enough of it. They said they had twelve different kinds of meat; my count wasn't that high. Their specialty, the top sirloin, came around only once (as did a few others); I didn't get lamb until the very end after I had to ask for it. Yeah, I'm a complete pig, but I don't like sitting with an empty plate at a place like this. And I had to wait a lot that evening.

Oh, and the salad bar was fine. Not quite as extensive as TdB, but I don't go for the salads.

So Mastergrill might be a good choice if you've never been to a churrascaria before and wanted to try one. The price and quality of the food is very good. But if you've enjoyed TdB or Fogo de Chao, you might be a bit disappointed. And I'll no doubt give them another chance, I realize Father's Day is not the best of times (although they should have been better prepared for it), and I'm pretty sure this location opened just recently.

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