“Basta, basta!” The words may as well be a mantra at Midwest Grill. The term, meaning “enough” in Portuguese, is the perfect finish to the churrascaria’s all-you-can-eat cavalcade of grilled meats and hearty seafood dishes. Passadores—the Brazilian word for waiters—rotate around tables, slicing fresh-grilled skewers of beef sirloin, Brazilian-style ribs, and succulent lamb and pork loin on to plates at the feaster’s demand. This dining style is known as rodízio, and it doesn't just apply to churrasco meats; patrons can also opt for seafood options, such as Brazilian fish stew and sautéed shrimp, or engage a server in a duel with a carving fork. The all-you-can-eat meal is served at a fixed price at both lunch and dinner, and includes unlimited helpings from the salad bar and hot-food buffet. Each of Midwest Grill's locations also houses a TV-lined bar, where mixologists concoct cocktails and pop open bottles of Brazilian beer and wine.
At each of Oliveira's Steakhouse four locations, the crackling sizzle of roasting meat ring’s out like a starter’s pistol, signaling the beginning of Brazilian-style churrasco feasts. Weaving between tables, servers garbed in black shirts and scarlet neckerchiefs trot out flame-kissed chicken, pork, sausage, and rodízio steak presented upon a meat-laden short sword suitable for speedy delivery or elevating a busboy to knighthood. A salad bar supplements meaty mouthfuls with plates of leafy greens, rice, beans, and sauce-laden noodles.
Hotel restaurants are often a side note, but Bisuteki Japanese Steak House has become an institution in and of itself. Over the last 40 years, nearly three million people have spent an evening here being entertained by chefs trained in the art of teppanyaki exhibition cooking. As guests whet their appetites on salad and onion soup, they watch chefs set their cooktops ablaze and flip morsels of meat and veggies through the dancing flames.
Nearly any combination of meats can be selected for a teppanyaki entree—steak and scallops, chicken and calamari, or even a pair of lobster tails that probably came from two different lobsters. Chefs use fresh seafood and free-range chicken and beef, all of which are also found in teriyaki and noodle dinners. In addition to cooked fare, there's a menu of raw sushi prepared as maki, nigiri, and sashimi.
Chefs at The Capital Grille hand-cut and dry-age every one of their steaks in house. After resting in a temperature-controlled fortress for up to 21 days, the unbelievably tender beef hits the infrared broiler, where it’s sealed with a crisp, charred crust.
It might be the six-week aging process that helps Abe & Louie’s continually nab a place on Boston magazine’s Best of Boston list. Then again, it might be the bone-in filet mignon. The house also does seafood remarkably well, so don’t hesitate to order specialties such as the lump crab cakes and swordfish chop.