Skewered cuts of sirloin, brazilian sausage, and pork ribs rotate slowly over a sweltering grill, their savory juices producing a rhythmic hiss as each drop hits the metal. This is churrasco, Xodó Grill's specialty. Once the traditional Brazilian barbecue has roasted to a tender finish, the staff slices off juicy morsels for customers to pair with 12 types of salads and a slate of hot dishes from the colorful buffet. Heaping plates of fried yucca, picanha, and cheese bread await the scales, which customers use to pay by the pound and Lady Justice uses to smuggle extra cuts of steak.
Brazilian Steak House | Award-Winning Churrasco | Hot-Food Buffet | Caipirinha Cocktails | Fixed-Price Menu
How it Works: During this all-you-can-eat fine-dining experience, customers are first seated at tables bedecked with white linens. Then, a server parades out a selection of 16 churrascaria meats, carving off a portion of skewered beef, lamb, pork, or chicken. A two-sided, colored coaster—green for "keep it coming," red for "I'm stuffed"—lets the staff know if you'd like seconds or thirds. Diners can also help themselves to the buffet of salad fixings and side dishes.
Inside Tip: Vegetarians can skip out on the meat and pay a reduced price for the salad and sides buffets. The extensive salad bar is filled with traditional choices as well as tabbouleh and pickled shiitake, and the hot side dishes include a "mashed potato so smooth it could pass for crème fraîche," according to OC Weekly.
Caipirinha: a Brazilian cocktail made with the sugarcane-based spirit cachaça and lime juice
If You Can’t Make It, Try This: Amazon Churrascaria BBQ Buffet (1445 S. Lemon Street, Fullerton), more casual—but no less authentic—spot for Brazilian cuisine according to the Los Angeles Times.
Brazilian churrascarias—a kind of Portuguese barbeque joint—have their roots in traditional celebrations of a successful harvest. At modern churrascarias, waiters walk around with skewers or roasted meat, cutting off all-you-can-eat portions of steak, pork, and chicken directly onto your plate. Diners interested in rounding out a years' worth of protein can find endless accompaniments at the salad bar and buffet of Brazilian hot dishes or try traditional drinks such as caipirinha or guarana, a Brazilian soda.
Slow-smoking is the name of the game at JP23 BBQ Sports Restaurant. Here, chicken wings alone are slow-smoked for three hours before the pit masters toss them in any of 10 house sauces, which include citrus barbecue and sriracha-spiked roasted garlic. These sauces—all made from scratch—also lend their flavors to the sliced tri-tip and pulled chicken.
Of course, not everything at JP23 is slathered with sauce. Slices of texas toast bookend bacon and scoops of mac and cheese, while chili and creamy guacamole cover heaps of fries. To complement the food, bartenders pour 30 draft beers hailing from local and overseas breweries. The beers even find their way into cocktails such as JP23's bloody mary, which blends pepper-flavored vodka with Guinness. As if that weren't enough to draw crowds for the next big sporting event, JP23 recently came under new ownership, which means a new menu, more seating, more TVs, and (hopefully) more no-holds-barred sauce fights.
When you think of Australia, you may think of Ayers Rock, shrimp on the barbie, and ranches galore. And while many of us won’t get to see those things in person, Outback Steakhouse brings the distinctive and delicious Aussie flavor to your back yard. Unique dishes like the Bloomin’ Onion, Teriyaki Steak Medallions, Hearts of Gold Mahi, and the always delicious Carrot Cake, provide something for everyone. The family-friendly atmosphere that reigns as king at Outback Steakhouse, means you can be sure that diners of all ages will have a great time. Get a taste of life in the colonies at Outback Steakhouse.
The endless options and great value has families coming back to Sizzler time and time again; their lunch specials and endless salad bar are perfect for an office outing. Known for their steaks, you'll find plenty of healthy options indicated on their menu and they've designed a special section on their menu just for kids. Sizzler prides themselves in using fresh ingredients and preparing your meal in real kitchens. When you're looking for a restaurant that will satisfy your whole party, head to Sizzler!