Not a lot of ideas dreamed up on a first date come to fruition. But for Daniela and Brad, their first date in a Sao Paulo pizzeria grew into more than just a romance. With every successive date, their wouldn't-it-be-nice dream of opening a Brazilian-style pizzeria grew too shape. Not too long after, they decided to use the recipes handed down from their Italian ancestors to create their pizzeria, Fogo 2 Go.
In their cozy store-front?taken up by a main counter and an enormous brick oven?they bake crispy, Italian pizzas paired with unique Brazilian influences. Their pies come layered with everything from classic Italian sausages to more unique brie margherita and shrimp scampi toppings. True to the idea's Brazilian roots, they also cook up treats such as coxinha?an empanada filled with seasoned chicken and mashed potatoes?as well as desserts such as flan and Nutella & Banana pizza.
Aside from the Brazilian-Italian comestibles, Fogo's crown jewel is the brick-fired, charbroiled whole, half, or quarter chicken. Thanks to the intensity of the oven's heat and the incantations of the bistro's house shaman, the chicken quick-cooks, leaving a bacon-crisp skin and sealing in juices. What they never decided in their dream was the type of beverages to serve, so the pair let customers make that choice themselves with their BYOB policy. Fogo 2 Go even satisfies late-night hungers by staying open until 3 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights.
Seafood stew and skewered meats are served fresh from the grill at Texas de Brazil, a Brazilian spot that will not disappoint. If you're avoiding fat or gluten, you can still eat well at Texas de Brazil, which offers a number of low-fat and gluten-free choices. Drinks here are readily available, so you can enjoy a glass of red or try something new. Plan your next big gathering at Texas de Brazil — patrons will appreciate the spacious interior, and there's even a private room for special occasions.
Reserve a table ahead of time and avoid the lines. Texas de Brazil welcomes laid-back diners, so there's no pressure to throw on heels or a tie. You can also grab your grub to go. Call Texas de Brazil for catering if you have a big event coming up.
If parallel parking's not your thing, take advantage of Texas de Brazil's valet service at the E Ohio St address location. Or, if you prefer, leave the car at home and catch public transportation at nearby stops at Grand-Red (Red), Chicago-Red (Red), and State/Lake (Brown, Green, Orange, Pink, Purple).
Texas de Brazil is a bit of a splurge at around $50 to $75 for a meal.
Brazilian-born chef Jorgina Pereira relies on ingredients such as cassava root, collards, and coconut to infuse stews and stir-fries with tropical flavors at Sinh?. Pereira prepares her homeland's cuisine at home, welcoming guests into her historic brick townhouse for intimate meals in the mid-afternoon and private events in the evenings. In addition to doling out tropical comestibles at its brick-and-mortar location, the staff takes a custom catering menu on the road with Brazilian musicians, dressing for events in a Carmen Miranda-like uniform of flowing dresses and fruit-filled head dresses. Sinh? is a local favorite, and was even featured on ABC 7 Chicago News in a restaurant segment.
Inspired by the traditional eateries of southern Brazil, Al Primo Canto serves rotisserie-roasted meats and eats in a warm, inviting setting. Opt for a family-style meal of multiple courses ($30 per person), or select from an à la carte menu. Preheat your appetite with a classic Brazilian palate-tickler such as caponatto de beringela, a dish of roasted eggplant with tahini paste ($6). Then, move to a main course of veggie-friendly pasta such as homemade gnocchi caprese with tomato, basil, and fresh mozzarella ($13) or slow-roasted, mouth-watering meats made in Al Primo Canto's brick-lined charcoal rotisserie, a Brazilian import. Entrees from this alchemical producer of food-gold include the restaurant's signature galeto al primo canto, a young chicken marinated in white wine, fresh garlic, and sage, rotisserie-roasted over natural wood charcoal ($16). Silence any last hunger pangs with desserts such as the Romeo e Julieta, a tragically tasty warm guava cake with vanilla mascarpone sauce ($5).
Head to Norman's Bistro for a bite of Brazil — this mouth-watering establishment dishes out delicious barbecued meats. Pick your poison and toast your evening — drinks are also served here. Don't leave the kids at home — youngsters will love the family-friendly cuisine at Norman's Bistro just as much as mom and dad. Got the whole gang with you? Norman's Bistro is a great pick for large parties. If dining outdoors is your idea of a good time, you'll love the gorgeous patio seating at Norman's Bistro.
Reserve a table ahead of time and avoid the lines. Norman's Bistro welcomes laid-back diners, so there's no pressure to throw on heels or a tie. Carry-out is also available for those who prefer to enjoy Norman's Bistro's cooking from the comfort of their own home. Through their catering service, Norman's Bistro can also set out a delicious spread for your next party.
Find a space on the street or park in the lot not far from the restaurant.
The average check at Norman's Bistro will stay below $30 per person, so it's a relatively affordable option. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all served at Norman's Bistro, so come by whenever it fits your schedule.
Rather than stay cooped up the kitchen, Brazzaz's gaucho chefs make forays into the dining area to carve portions of their 18 churrascaria-style, fire-roasted meats for guests. As customers lounge beneath geometric pendant lamps, they can take their pick of Brazilian bites, from succulent slices of tenderloin medallions wrapped in bacon to whole legs of lamb marinated in a secret blend of ingredients.
In addition to devouring the all-you-can-eat meats, diners can pair their entrees with selections from the gourmet salad and sides bar, which stocks more than 60 items of seafood, imported cheese, cured meat, and fresh-cut vegetables.
After dinner, sweet teeth sink into freshly crafted desserts, which may be purchased for an additional cost and run the gamut from Brazilian flan to chocolate mousse topped with homemade whipped cream.
Throughout each feast, bartenders can help wash down bites by whipping up cocktails or pouring selections from a sommelier-selected, 150-item wine list, which focuses on vineyards in the Americas from California to the Little California districts in major cities.