Fine-dining etiquette dictates that napkins must be kept on your lap, unless being used to signal to the waiter that your table has hit an iceberg. Have a night to remember with this Groupon.
$43 for a Brazilian steak-house dinner for two, valid Sunday–Thursday ($85.98 value)
The full dinner admits guests to the salad bar, where they can peruse more than 50 items such as soups, imported cheeses, steamed asparagus with strawberry sauce, and sautéed mushrooms. At their tables, diners flip place cards to their green sides to summon the servers, who slice meats from metal skewers directly onto plates. The meat selection includes cuts of beef, lamb, pork, chicken, and brazilian sausage all slow roasted and expertly seasoned. This deal covers unlimited food, but beverages and desserts are charged à la carte.
Texas de Brazil
Wielding knives and sword-like skewers, the servers at Texas de Brazil seem prepared for impromptu duels. However, they only brandish the blades to replenish dinner plates, slicing meat from their spears at the behest of each table. The cuts of steak, lamb, and brazilian sausage are all slow roasted over an open flame in traditional churrascaria fashion—a technique that stems from the campfire meals of Brazilian gauchos, and one that fed the family behind Texas de Brazil during their life in Porto Alegre. In an effort to bring the South American style to the States, they established their first restaurant in Texas, thereby merging down-home charm with Brazilian spice.
Today, Texas de Brazil has expanded to several award-winning locations across the country. Despite the lofty ceilings and chandeliers that characterize their venues, the staff remains rooted in ranchers' habits. They conscientiously grill and season their meat, bake brazilian cheese bread in-house, and pass classic cocktails and loaner saddles over the bar for cowboys who consider chairs unnatural. To complement savory bites, guests can browse more than 50 gourmet sides at the salad bar—a compendium of soups, vegetables, and appetizers such as imported cheeses. They can also ask the resident wine specialist for recommendations on suitable pairings from the cellar.