To celebrate our anniversary, among other things, I treated my boyfriend, Brett, to a really nice dinner at Fogo de Chao tonight. At first I meant to keep the destination a surprise, but earlier today he correctly guessed where we were going. It wasn't too hard to guess, I'm sure... some friends of ours had been gushing about this place very recently, and based on their description, I had a feeling Brett would really enjoy it!
I made reservations online a few days ago, on the advice of a friend. The process was quick and painless, and the website is very polished and clean looking.
One note: if you ever go there, take advantage of their valet parking! We didn't, and the garage we found was MORE expensive ($13) than their valet service ($10).
There's essentially only one thing on the menu: all you can eat salad bar and meat! (Well, not counting drinks or dessert, anyway.) It sounds simple, but there's actually quite a lot to take in. They start you with a drink, and then you wander up to the salad bar. The selection itself isn't bigger than you would expect at any regular salad bar, but the quality and freshness of the food was incredible. They also bring you some sides. The cheese bread is pretty amazing, as well as the mashed potatoes.
The all-you-can-eat meat concept is really interesting. They give you these coasters, one side red and one side green. When you're ready for some meat, you flip the coaster over so the green side is up. Almost immediately, there are waiters running to your table with huge skewers of lamb, sausage, various cuts of steak, chicken wrapped in bacon, you name it! Everything I tried was delicious, tender, and perfectly cooked and seasoned.
By this time we were both stuffed, but I knew I wanted to try one of their desserts, so I ordered one to go. At this point the waiter asked us if we were celebrating anything, and I mentioned our anniversary. A few minutes later, they bring us a complimentary dessert!
I couldn't manage more than a few bites, but what I tried was delicious. I still have yet to try the chocolate mousse cake that I ordered to-go, but if everything else I had here is any indication, it will likely be amazing as well. (Edit: have now had cake and am in chocolate-lover heaven.)
The only sticking point with this place is price. You can order just the salad bar for $30, but the regular dinner meal is $50 per person, not including drinks, dessert, or tip. This can definitely add up!
Still, as an occasional treat, this restaurant is definitely worth it.
Posted by on Sun, 14 Mar 2010