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RESTAURANT: Texas De Brazil

Last week we went to two churrascarias, also known as Brazilian steakhouses. They were both good, but one was better: Texas de Brazil.

Churrascarias in the U.S. often have numerous locations across the country. If you want to score a table for Father’s Day, reserve now! For Mother’s Day, every seat of the large spaces at both restaurants we visited was sold out.

A churrascaria (Portuguese, pronunced choo-rah-SCAH-ree-ya with rolled “r’s”) is a type of restaurant where meat is cooked churrasco style, on a rotisserie called a churrasqueira.

In most parts of Brazil, the meat is roasted over charcoal; in the south of Brazil, wood is also used.

Modern churrascarias typically offer rodízio service. Passadores, meat waiters, come to the table with meat on a large skewer—beef, chicken (some wrapped in bacon), duck, filet mignon, lamb, flank steak, sirloin, pork, chicken, duck, sausage, fish, or any other sort of local cut of meat.

   

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Bacon-wrapped filet mignon. Photo courtesy Texas de Brasil.

 
Some have even more options: We enjoyed delicious grilled octopus at one location.

The passadores slice whatever you like. If you want your meat more rare or more well-done, just ask. If you don’t like the sprinkling of salt on the meat, ask for it without salt.

If the opportunity to eat and endless amount of great meat (yes, it’s all you can eat) is your idea of paradise, plan a visit. But there’s more:

 

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Succulent lamb chops. How many would you like? Photo courtesy Texas de Brasil.
 

Start at the salad bar with 50 or more items: shrimp, smoked salmon and sushi; grilled vegetables; salads of every description (tabbouleh, quinoa, whatever); cheeses; soups; and so much more that you have to watch how much you take or you won’t have room for the meat.

TIP: Start with a small plate, and don’t take any bread. If you have the slightest bit of hunger after you’ve finished the meat course, you can go back for as much salad bar as you like.

Sure, there are build-your-own green salad fixings; but you can have that at home.

If you don’t want meat, you can indulge in the salad bar only, at a lower price.

The price at Texas de Brazil: $59.95 for the whole shebang; $39.95 for those who just want the salad bar (prices may vary by location). It’s just a few dollars for children 12 and under.

 
Beverages and desserts are extra; but if you still have room for dessert, you haven’t done justice to the salad bar and meats.

We now admit that we really enjoyed the chocolate ganache cake—but it was in the name of research.

Check the website for the location nearest you.

  




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