Wood crackles in a blazing fire as the smells of dust and wild grass waft through the air. In the background, horses' hooves pound across the plains. It's the end of the day for the gauchos, rugged Brazilian cowboys infamous for stealing wandering cattle. While the horsemen top one another with tales of their day's heists, succulent meat seasoned with sea salt roasts over the open flame of the fire. The smoke makes the gauchos’ eyes water as much as their mouths as they sharpen their knives in preparation for a hard-earned feast.
This gaucho style of dining dates back to the 18th century. At Sal Grosso, the chefs continue the gauchos' culinary tradition—now known as churrasco—of slow-cooking meats over an open flame and then serving tableside, or rodizio. The servers slice and serve endless portions of beef, lamb, poultry, and pork flavored with various spices and coarse salt. They also deliver traditional Brazilian flan and other desserts along with signature caipirinhas and flavored martinis to diners who haven't zoned their stomachs as carnivore-exclusive territories.
Sal Grosso trades the wild grasses and plains of South America for Brazilian-made leather dining chairs, hardwood columns, and modern abstract art. In addition to a large bar and 70-seat banquet room, the patio gives guests a view of the modern-day gauchos cooking meat inside a glassed-in outdoor kitchen as a fountain sends water streaming into a connected pool.
Forget what you know about margaritas. At Alma Cocina, the cocktails are designed to let artisanal ingredients and top-shelf tequilas shine: double-barrel reposado or tobacco-infused tequilas combine with flavors of vanilla brandy or pomegranate molasses. Chef Clevenger goes similarly above and beyond with the food, enlisting recipes and spices from across Latin America.
Botekim Brazilian Bistro is a piece of Rio de Janeiro nestled in Marietta. The Brazilian fare is authentic & simple, while the affordably priced wine list and exciting cocktail and beer selection ensure that everyone finds something to suit their tastes. Enjoy authentic Brazilian comfort food as you dine on traditional bist
Live music regularly reverberates off Samba Loca Brazilian Steakhouse's bright-red walls, which bear festive decorations of ethnic artwork and wine racks crafted from gleaming chrome. Patrons sit under the full bar's flat-screen TVs, around tables, or in booths as the kitchen’s Brazilian recipes power entrees of 10-ounce strip steaks and salmon doused in Brazilian honey-dijon mustard. Customizable meals come in the form of five grill-fired meats, including filet mignon and red snapper, which don one of nine traditional sauces splashed with notes of curry, blue cheese, or passionfruit. To help them to decide, patrons not fluent in Portuguese can rely on the menu's English and Klingon translations or gaze at screens that feature photos of Samba Loca's signature dishes.
In spirit with the olden days of romantic turkey-leg gnawing by firelight, Olde Towne serves up an extensive menu of protein-packed fare, including grilled meats, seafood, burgers, sandwiches, hand-tossed pizzas, gourmet salads, soups, and more. Pique your palate with an order of Chesapeake crab fritters served with roasted red-pepper aioli and wasabi slaw ($9.99); or Cajun chicken nachos, topped with wood-fired chicken, lettuce, tomatoes, jalapeños, and a mix of cheeses ($7.99). Jumbo fresh fried chicken wings come doused in your choice of sauce (house specialties include lemon pepper, ranch, and lemon-yaki), served with celery and blue cheese or ranch dressing ($8.99 for 10). Treat your mouth to some wood-fired protein, such as prime rib served au jus with horseradish ($12.99 for 8 oz.), chicken Florentine stuffed with spinach and artichoke dip and topped with sun-dried tomatoes and a demi glaze ($13.99), or seared tuna served with veggies, wasabi slaw, and one additional side ($13.99). To satisfy the mini taste sensors on your fingertips, try a handheld creation such as the Black and Blue Burger (bacon and blue, jack, and cheddar cheeses, $8.50) or patty melt (Swiss and American cheeses and sautéed onions on rye, $8.99), and satisfy creative impulses with a build-your-own pizza topped with your choices from Olde Towne's bevy of meats, veggies, and cheeses (starting at $9.99 for 14").
Wafting aromas of sizzling seafood usher diners into Mambo Jambo's colorful and lively dining room. Kick off an evening of harmonized chewing with an appetizing goat-cheese salad, an emerald ensemble of baby lettuce and romaine quenched with a flavorful ambrosia of key-lime vinaigrette and balsamic dressing and topped with tumbling boulders of honey-roasted walnuts and crumbled goat cheese. After patrons have fully plundered herbaceous platters, a member of Mambo Jambo's friendly wait staff interrupts dialogues of gratuitous lip-smacking with a main course of paella de mariscos. Through the paella's copious haystack of saffron-infused rice, diners can dig for a plethora of seafaring savories, eliciting forkfuls of chewy calamari and disrupting a group of shrimp, scallops, and clams as it drafts a position on how central nervous systems are overrated. With today's second option, diners can assuage digestion with a sweet glass of sangria or a minty mojito.