From its 1978 opening in New York City, Via Brasil Steakhouse has withstood the test of time and critics to bring the churrascaria tradition to diners on both ends of the country. At the stately Las Vegas restaurant, South American traditions come through not only in the more than 18 meats that grace tables but also in the way each one is prepared and served. The special churrascaria cooking traces its origins to southern Brazil's gauchos, who wound down their long days of herding cattle on the Pampas by roasting cuts of beef over crackling fire pits and writing up formal business proposals for opening steak houses in America. Today, chefs continue that tradition by roasting slabs of meat on rotisserie grills, then slicing each one tableside in order to give diners the exact cuts and temperatures they desire.
Inside the restaurant, an opulent surrounding of marble columns and countertops, floral centerpieces, and huge, sunny windows complement smartly dressed servers as they tote skewers to tables and carve off tender morsels of top sirloin, leg of lamb, and salmon. Selections from 16 side dishes garnish each savory cut of meat with exotic ingredients such as hearts of palm and yucca fries, and a salad bar urges diners to help themselves to more than 30 unique recipes. To complement the feasts, an ample wine cellar and a resident sommelier help diners bring out the rich flavors of each dish with expert advice on the dozens of bottles from around the world.
For those looking for the finest USDA prime beef and a top-of-the-line wine list, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar, is the place to go. Inside the restaurant, rich reds and browns help to create a private and relaxing environment. Tables are beautifully covered in white cloths and are candle-lit, making for an intimate setting, while the dim lights and classic décor create the atmosphere of an authentic steakhouse that still manages to be unique. Some of the most popular items include the baked brie, braised short ribs of beef, dry-aged steaks and Alaskan king crab legs, to name a few. Sides such as chipotle cheddar macaroni 'n' cheese and the Fleming’s Potatoes, as well as creme brûlée and chocolate lava cake desserts, are also available.