Texas de Brazil blends the steak-centric cuisine of Texas with the traditional churrasco method of slow-roasting meat over an open flame grill to form a luscious meaty mélange. The full dinner ($39.99) marches out a cavalcade of choice cuts, allowing diners to welcome continuous windfalls of flavorful proteins. Brandish your table's provided card, green on one side, red on the other, and it will function as a meat traffic light that summons servers to either send stacks of seasoned beef, pork, or lamb skewers or halt plate traffic like a decorated culinary crossing guard. Or feel free to substitute greens for the grill by stepping into the sprawling salad-bar conga line ($24.99), two-stepping through toothsome goodies such as imported cheeses, steamed asparagus, and dozens of other hors d'oeuvres.
When the Rafain family decided to open a churrascaria restaurant in America, they were simply continuing in the family business: Olimpio and Philomena Rafain had been running a churrascaria in southern Brazil since 1959. In line with that authentic spirit, Rafain's menu features 16 cuts of meat cooked over an open charcoal pit, including spicy picanha, pork ribs, and bacon-wrapped filets. Gaucho servers present each meat on a long skewer, cutting portions onto plates beside selections from the salad bar and dessert table. To drink, guests can order a traditional Brazilian caipirinha, or a glass of wine from a 15-page list that's been recognized with a Wine Spectator Award of Excellence.
Brazil Brasileiro’s enthusiastic staff celebrates Brazil’s culinary and cultural heritage with feasts of sizzling meat and sumptuous spreads of fresh fare. Traditional rodizio meals pepper taste buds with seven different cuts of roasted pork, chicken, and beef straight off the skewer, including the namesake rodizio, Brazil’s signature cut of steak and form of currency. Tableside servers generously carve off unlimited slices of meat garnished with seasonings of zesty pineapple and spicy cinnamon. In addition to dishing out all-you-can-eat roasted meats, Brazil Brasileiro lays out a buffet that satisfies more diverse appetites for tropical fare with a wide array of traditional Brazilian edibles. Like Pele’s brief conquest of the United States, Brazil Brasileiro aims to import an authentic atmosphere of Brazilian joie de vivre onto American shores by broadcasting South American soccer games on flat-screen TVs. Additionally, live music reverberates across the cozy, hardwood walls, and Brazilian souvenirs beckon to shoppers from the restaurant’s gift shop.
Instead of trays, waiters at Brazilian Cowboy Steakhouse & Grill carry swords that skewer such offerings as top sirloin, garlic picanha, grilled pineapple, and bacon-wrapped chicken, chauffeuring the slabs directly to tables where diners can indicate their preferred cuts. As the mesquite-grilled meats circulate throughout the room, customers can load the remaining space on their plates with the cheese bread, beans and rice, fried bananas, and salads that fill the restaurant’s full buffet. An easy-listening band headlines Brazilian Cowboy's stage each Friday and Saturday, and the concert’s addition of music to the meaty masquerade creates an atmosphere reminiscent of that at a butcher-school prom.
Braza Dancante's chefs flame-tame a wide assortment of charbroiled, grilled, and brazed meats in true Brazilian churrasco fashion. Each succulent cut of meat is then spitted on skewers and promenaded around an open, elegant dining room populated with colorful lights, chandeliers, hidden warp-zone pipes, and white tablecloths by a waiter in gaucho pants. Braza Dancante's buffet-style dining allows the meat-minded to pile plates high with top sirloin, leg of lamb, brazilian pork sausage, spicy cajun picanha, and chicken sporting a fashionable wrap of bacon. Herbivores, meanwhile, can remain carnivoyeurs by sating themselves at a salad bar bursting at the seams with 50 varieties of leafy greens, couscous, breads, and cheeses.