Fogo de Chão

All you can eat MEAT. Delicious, tender, juicy beef, lamb, chicken and pork. It was a dream come true. With endless side dishes of caramelized bananas, polenta fries, mashed potatoes, and cheesy bread puffs.

That was the dream I was treated to after my University Graduation. My friends’ parents were nice enough to invite me along to the celebratory dinner to stuff our stomachs as full as our heads were (theoretically) stuffed with knowledge.

The way this particular Brazilian Steakhouse functioned was this:

There was a coaster at your place setting – one side red (stop! I’m chewing!), one side green (load up the plate!) – to signal the ever rotating servers whether you wanted meat or not.

We started with a first course at their large salad bar. It had the usual run of mixed greens and dressings, but also cold cuts and cheeses, and a variety of pickled and cooked vegetables to nibble on.

Having satisfied my nutrition-focused conscience with a small helping of leafy things, I turned my card green side up and was promptly accosted by a server catering a huge pike of meat from table to table. I was served slices of top sirloin, top and bottom cut flank steak, garlic infused beef, ribs, bacon wrapped chicken, tender cuts of lamb, and juicy sausages.

I made sure to try a little of everything and found most of it to my liking. The sirloin and flank steaks were my favorite. The lamb was tender but I couldn’t come to terms with the strong and unique flavor of the meat – I’m still not sure if I liked it or disliked it.

But it was all so delicious that I forced myself to ingest more than I previously thought was possible. Then, to put a cherry on top of a 20 scoop, whipped cream, caramel, butterscotch, fudge, strawberry, sprinkles and nuts and bananas and strawberries mile high sunday of a meal, we had desserts.

After a quick glance at the menu and a digestive grumble of protestation we had initially decided against a final sweet course. But the waiter was nice enough to comp my friend and I each with a dessert of our choice… 

We couldn’t be rude so she picked Flan and I asked to be surprised. The Chocolate Lava Cake and the Flan were both good, but lack luster and ordinary. I wouldn’t recommend them to anyone to purchase.

But I will definitely come back for the parade of tantalizing meats.

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