Meat, the handsomest of the nine food groups, gets its good looks from spice rubs, tenderizers, and long soaks in anti-aging marinades. Ogle seductive slabs with today's Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of Brazilian-steak-house fare at Churrascaria Braza at 10 Constitution Plaza in Hartford.
At Churrascaria Braza’s newest location, servers promenade skewers of 12 different slow-roasted meats about the dining room, slicing filet mignon and skirt steak tableside. An unlimited buffet’s shrimp and roasted seasonal vegetables kick off the fixed-price dinner ($31.95 for adults; $14.95 for children 11 and under), after which diners flip two-sided chips or thump diamond-studded scepters to summon meat-brandishing staff. Morsels of parmesan-encrusted pork loin and bacon-wrapped turkey breast roast over an open flame before piling onto plates next to fried plantains and brazilian cheese bread in mounds higher than Mount Everest’s GPA.
Feasts come to a sweet crescendo with warm buñuelos ($7), chocolate-filled pastries sparkling with cinnamon sugar as they dunk into dulce de leche sauce, or with guava-sauce-drizzled New York–style cheesecake ($7). Those seeking postprandial pick-me-ups can sip at apple cider and Cuban-style rum ($6.50), or ask a bystander for a piggy-back ride to their cars.