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