With nods from USA Today, CBS News, and The Washington Post, Rodizio Grill has made a name for itself as an authentic Brazilian charrascuria?a South American?style rotisserie. Founded by S?o Paolo?born Ivan Utrera, the cuisine comprises of select cuts of meat, which are slow-roasted on a spit and then skewered. It also featured seafood selections, grilled pineapple, and unlimited trips to an award-winning salad bar with over 40 items. Gauchos?also known as Brazilian cowboys?bustle about the restaurant, bringing unlimited slices of tender meat to diners who can also grab fresh vegetables and appetizers at the salad bar.
After selling his Brazilian import store, Brazilian-born J.R. Lopez opened Braza Grill, a rodizio-style steak house reminiscent of the barbecue restaurants in his home country. Servers tote skewers loaded with pork sausage, garlic-infused tenderloin, and other meats from table to table, offering unlimited portions and variety to hungry diners. An open fire pit cooks the bacon-wrapped chicken and pork loins along with pineapples for a sweet sidekick. Patrons can stretch their legs and nonchalantly loosen their belts during trips to the hot and cold buffet stocked with pastas, salads, and a brazilian black-bean stew called feijoada, according to CityWeekly.
Christopher’s Seafood & Prime Steak House uses only optimum 21-day-aged USDA prime handcut beef, seafood that’s flown in daily from around the world, and locally sourced produce to engineer upscale and elegant eats. The dinner menu bursts at the seams with hearty hand-cuts of meat, such as the 16-ounce New York strip ($43) or the "kings crown," boasting an 8-ounce filet mignon topped with a quarter-pound of king crab ($43). Seafood seekers can drop culinary cargo nets into stomach shipholds with oceanic options including spicy plum-glazed sockeye salmon ($25) and fresh ahi tuna ($28). Other Neptunian nourishment includes the "by sea" tasting plate, a Davy Jones' high-school locker-full of calamari, coconut shrimp, crab-stuffed mushrooms, and lobster corn-dogs ($16). Midday meal-seekers can peruse Christopher’s lunchtime menu, featuring creamy New England clam chowder ($5–$8) and a spicy blue cheese burger ($9).
The expert chefs at Last Samurai sear, chop, and roll steak, chicken, seafood, and sushi at tableside hibachi grills and behind an intimate sushi bar. Although the expansive menu varies, recent taste-bud tickling dinner options, such as the boneless teriyaki chicken ($14.95) or grill-sizzling hibachi shrimp ($17.95), sate stomachs and help to break in new bibs. Deftly sliced seafood finds its home in Last Samurai's numerous rolls crafted at the sushi bar, such as the five pieces of chef-selected nigiri ($12.95) or the deep-fried spicy scallop roll ($10.50), which bestow a variety of tastes to fish-finagling tongues. Many of the restaurant's dinner options make starring appearances on the lunch menu, and four-sided succulence takes its form in the bento box ($10.95), filled with an egg roll, three-piece california roll, and a choice of teriyaki chicken, salmon, or hibachi shrimp. Throats weary from tableside talk or from loudly narrating the impressive feats of flame can find solace in the extensive wine and beer list.
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.
The old world and the new come together in the kitchen at Kimi's Chop & Oyster House. That's where you'll find Matt Anderson, a chef trained in European traditions but unafraid to explore classic American flavors. Using only hormone-free meats and fresh-caught, sustainable seafood, Chef Anderson crafts plates designed to satisfy tastes both traditional and adventurous.
Shareable platters include the jalape?o tuna roll, with candied peppers and saffron-infused aioli, and toast sm?gen, served with shrimp, crab, and horseradish creme. Those after a locally-sourced dinner can feast on pan-fried Utah trout, while diners seeking continental fare can sample cashew-crusted sea bass, served with lingonberries and holding a passport. Many of these entrees are gluten-free, and the restaurant also offers a wide selection of vegetarian options.