Brazilian Steakhouses in Martinez

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Pikanha's Brazilian Steak House transports the traditions, culture, and food of Southern Brazil to the Bay area. Here, picanha—a cut of beef typically served grilled or roasted—joins kabob, sausage, roasted pork, top sirloin, and other savory morsels in making up the restaurant's rodizio and buffet selections. Both dining styles showcase the flavor of each meat, which the restaurant draws out with slow-cooking methods on special grills. To balance out the meal, order a glass of wine, a fruit juice spiked with rum, or a seesaw and another meal.

25 W Richmond Ave.
Richmond,
CA
US

Espetus: A User's Guide

Brazilian Steak House | Rodizio-Style Service | Gourmet Salad Bar | International Wine Selection

Keywords: Brazilian Steak House | Rodizio-Style Service | Gourmet Salad Bar | International Wine Selection

Sample Menu

  • Meat options: top sirloin, filet mignon, bacon-wrapped chicken breast
  • Salad-bar options: rice, paella, and fish stew
  • Dessert: passion fruit mousse
  • Drink: caipirinha

Inside Tip:

  • If you want to save some money and don’t mind a limited menu, head to Espetus during lunch.
  • Vegetarians can navigate this meat-heavy menu by ordering the salad-bar-only option.

Vocab Lesson
Churrascaria: Brazilian-style barbecuing where the meat is skewered and cooked over an open flame or on a grill; the meat itself is called churrasco.
Caipirinha: a Brazilian cocktail made with the sugarcane-based spirit cachaca and lime juice.

1686 Market St
San Francisco,
CA
US

Mozzarella Di Bufala Pizzeria: A User’s Guide

Pizzeria and Brazilian Cafe | Lunch Buffet | Variety of Crusts | Gluten-Free Options

Sample Menu

  • Appetizer: steamed mussels, jalapeno poppers, and bruschetta
  • Pizza: the Portuguese, with linguica mixed with black olives, ham and onions on a New York-style or cornmeal crust
  • Brazilian dish: moqueca de camarão (prawns sautéed with coconut milk, cilantro, red palm oil, peppers, onions, and tomatoes)
  • Sandwich: pizza sub with salami, pepperoni, mozzarella, and fresh tomatoes, baked on a soft french roll
  • Dessert: raspberry cheesecake or tiramisu cup

When to Go Stop by between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. throughout the week for the hot lunch buffet.

Who’s in the Kitchen?

  • Pedro Galletti (founder), who opened the restaurant in 1992. Pedro brings his Brazilian and Italian roots to the menu and atmosphere.
  • Edgar Aguilar (senior cook), has worked at the restaurant for nearly 20 years. His signature dish is the chicken marsala.

Inside Tip A splendid crust is guaranteed for all, regardless of dietary preference or geographic hometown. If you’re from the Midwest, go with the thin and crispy crust. If you hail from the Big Apple, then order up a big New York-style version. There’s also a thick and buttery cornmeal option, and even a gluten-free crust. For the non-conformist, pies can also be folded into calzones.

While You’re in the Neighborhood
Before: Work up an appetite by hiking at the scenic Mount Davidson Park (Dalewood Way & Myra Way), which is famous for its 103-foot cross and memorial to the Armenian genocide.

After: Keep the fun going by belting out your best “Thunder Road” in a private singing room at K-Net Karaoke (870 Taraval Street).

69 West Portal Avenue
San Francisco,
CA
US

In Focus: Sunstream Coffee

  • Specialties: Brazilian coffee and snacks
  • Accolades: SFWeekly named it the best Brazilian snack shop in 2011.
  • What to get for the fruit lover: the Açai na Tigela or açai bowl, with bananas and granola
  • What to get for the meat lover: the coxinhas—fried dumplings filled with shredded chicken and Catupiry cheese
  • Drink most likely to make you feel like a real Brazilian: Order the cafezinho, an espresso-sized cup of very strong, very sweet black coffee popular throughout Brazil.
  • Delivery: yes, for orders over $10 (and it’s free, too)

2884 Geary Blvd
San Francisco,
CA
US

In Focus: Bayshore Metals

  • What they are: Metal services center
  • Products: Range from galvanized and mild steel to aluminum and stainless steel.
  • Inspired by: Your imagination. Seriously, bring them your ideas in the form of a computer file or custom drawing and see what they can do.
  • Cutting-edge technology: A high-def plasma cutting system equipped to handle an infinite number of shapes.
  • Admirable qualities: Punctual deliveries and fast will calls

244 Napoleon St
San Francisco,
CA
US

Today's Groupon gets you $75 worth of Italian/Brazilian cuisine at Mangarosa in North Beach for $35. Mangarosa offers "a dash of Brazil to the Italian menus that predominate in the popular neighborhood," according to the San Francisco Chronicle. Zagat rates Mangarosa's tropical flavors and fine-dining food as "very good," but rates its servers' ability to tune patrons' guitars as "wicked bad."

1548 Stockton St
San Francisco,
CA
US