When it comes to grilling, the churrrascaria charcoal grill at Cafe Mineiro Brazilian Steakhouse seems to always be roaring. The menu offers three ways for diners to cut their teeth on flame-grilled meats: the à la carte menu, a buffet of hot and cold dishes, or full traditional rodizio meals.
During a night at Cafe Mineiro, you might run into a few unfamiliar terms, defined below.
Churrasqueira: Roasting meat over an open flame in the great outdoors sounds like something cowboys would do. In southern Brazil, those cowboys are called gauchos, and the grill, a churrasqueira. At Cafe Mineiro, the churrasqueira is indoors, but its flames still slow roast each skewer of meat until they are just so.
Rodizio: In Brazil, rodizio simply means "all you can eat." But in the United States, it means "all you can meat." Diners devour as much meat from the churrasqueira as they want; but they never have to leave their seats. Instead, the meat comes to them, via passadors.
Passadors: Holding skewers loaded with fresh-grilled meats, the servers—or passadors—navigate the dining room. When a diner gives the signal, the passador neatly slices a cut of meat from their skewer directly onto the plate.
Picanha: Among the 14 cuts of meat, which include bacon-wrapped filets, chicken hearts, and pork loin, the most decidedly Brazilian is picanha, a cut of beef taken from the top of the rump.