The Fogo de Chao Churrascaria Brazilian Steakhouse transports you back to early times in Southern Brazil when the Gauchos cooked by open camp fires at their ranches.
The Churrascaria-style is a special way of serving food.
Marcio Bonfada, General Manager/Chef remembered, “That is exactly the way I grew up watching my dad cooking our meals in southern Brazil. Most restaurants in Southern Brazil serve this same way today.
My dad was a farmer and I grew up working in the fields and taking care of the cattle. After we moved to the city, I worked in his restaurant until I joined Fogo de Chao.”
Here at Fogo de Chao, the servers bring out long skewers filled with 16 types of assorted meats, lamb, lamb chops, chicken, pork, and sausage.
It is thrilling to see the servers bringing all of these skewers straight from the kitchen.
Each guest regulates the “Parade of Food” by placing their coaster on green for “keep bringing the food to my table” or flipping it over to red meaning “I want to relax and dine for awhile”.
When the next server arrives at the table, it is a delightful surprise. Each server asks, “Do you prefer your food cooked rare, medium or well done and how many slices do you wish?” It is all up to you!
All of the guests just indulge themselves but there is only one thing they have to do. As the server cuts the slice, take the tweezers and pull off your piece.
Maceo explained, “Fogo de Chao means fire on the ground. This is the most authentic of all the Brazilian-style steakhouses. We have been operating in Brazil for 30 years. All of the others opened in the United States first.
Fogo butchers our own meats here so we bring skewers with very large pieces ranging from 2-5 pounds. All of the food is cooked over open mesquite charcoal flames.
The majority of our chefs, servers and crew transferred from Brazil.”
This is more than just a meal, it is entertaining. Guests are an interactive part of the meal.
In discussing the traditional Brazilian way of dining, the first part of the menu has not been mentioned. Guests also partake in choosing from a 40 item hot and cold salad bar.
Their lunches and dinners are all-you-can-eat to satisfy everyone’s hunger levels.
Arrive early to take a tour. Fogo’s authentic atmosphere of huge wall- to- wall murals in all of their nine dining and banquet rooms depicts gauchos cooking over open camp fires, family gatherings, the Brazilian lifestyle, and part of the Brazil’s rich history.
Open: Monday-Friday, 11:30 AM to 2 PM, 5-10 PM. Weekends, 4:30 to 10:30 PM.
The Fogo de Chao Steakhouse is located at 360 East Flamingo Road, near Paradise Road.