It is not often that my husband and I get the chance to have a nice date night. Last night, we were invited to eat at Fogo de Chão, a Brazillian Steakhouse located in Downtown LA. If you have never eaten at a Brazillian Steakhouse, then you are in for a foodie experience.
Fogo de Chão is a Brazilian steakhouse, or churrascaria, which has specialized for more than 36 years in fire-roasting high-quality meats utilizing the centuries-old Southern Brazilian cooking technique of churrasco.
On Sunday, May 8th Fogo de Chão Brazilian Steakhouse welcomes families to celebrate Mother’s Day with a culinary journey through Southern Brazil. As a special gift, Moms who dine on Mother’s Day weekend will receive a Dining Card good for a complimentary lunch or dinner on their next visit*.
Once you sit down and hear the history of the churrascaria, you can begin the experience with a drink and these delicious, light Brazilian Cheese Bread or Pao de Queijo. As much as you don't want to fill up on these, it's hard to keep your hand out of the bowl.
The dining experience is two parts. Fogo offers a gourmet Market Table & Feijoada Bar, which includes seasonal salads, soup, fresh vegetables, feijoada (traditional black bean stew with rice, fresh orange and yucca flour), and much more. Above you can see some of my selections, including my favorite part; shavings from the wheel of Parmigiano Reggiano.
The side dishes are served family-style and are endless. Which means, the minute one of these plates go empty, a server will be there to bring you a fresh portion. Southern Brazilian side dishes include crispy hot polenta sprinkled with parmesan, caramelized bananas and garlic mashed potatoes.
Okay, now on to the meat. Each time I've visited Fogo, I've had a different favorite. Last night, my favorite was the lamb chops. At Fogo, they are cooked perfectly. With a delicious crisp on the outside and moist and tender on the inside, it is just perfection.
You can smell these pork ribs coming at you from across the room. And when they arrive at your table, you can't pass these up.
So the deal with a churrascaria is they give you a little card at your table. When you flip it to the green side, the servers will come to you and offer you the cut of meat that they are carrying. Once you've had enough options for the moment, you can flip your card over to red and they will give you a chance to catch up.
Guests can enjoy selections such as the house specialty picanha sirloin, filet mignon, ribeye, lamb chops, center cut bone-in pork chop, and chicken wrapped in bacon. All the options are delicious and you can choose whether you want it rare, medium or medium well.
Fogo welcomes families of all sizes to celebrate their Mothers on May 8th.
All locations will extend their hours, opening all day with seatings from 11am to 9pm. Meals for children six years of age and under are complimentary, and children seven to 12 years of age dine at half price for the Full Churrasco Experience. For information about specific locations or regarding group and private dining, visit fogo.com.