If you’re pork-passionate, beef-bananas, and sausage-smitten, today’s Groupon will melt your little animal protein-loving heart. For $25, you’ll stuff your stomach with all the skewered meat you can eat at Chima Brazilian Steakhouse. The cost per person of the unlimited rodizio dinner is $39.50, so you'll have money left over for drinks and dessert to get your $50 value at Chima.
Inside Picanha Brazilian Grill, diners sit back as waiters slice endless amounts of freshly grilled meats at the table. The meat masters roast the tender tidbits over a charcoal grill, ensuring each cut retains its natural juice and flavor before slicing it tableside until visitors' carnivorous cravings have been sated. As waiters ration off beef sirloin, ribs, pork, chicken, and sausage, mouths water, crying at the thought of the meal's end. Each rodizio meal also includes selections from the hot food bar, such as fried bananas, rice, beans, and polenta, as well as verdant greens and fresh fruits from the salad bar. Although not included in today's meal, guest eaters can moisten palates with one of the Brazilian tropical fruit juices and smoothies or bring their favorite brew or grape juice to the BYOB establishment.
Fogo de Chão specializes in authentic Brazilian grilled meats. Established in 1970, Fogo strives to perfectly replicate the taste of the gauncho steaks and chops of Porto Alegre, Brazil. To this day, Fogo insists on only employing chefs that are masters of this flavorful South American grilling technique, keeping the legacy alive. Fogo offers a whopping 16 different cuts of meat, which are supplied in a constant stream to your plate. Want more of their succulent and tender lamp chops? Just grab the attention of the nearest server or “gucho,” who’ll promptly bring you what you want. Don’t forget to make a visit (or a couple of visits) to their salad bar, which offers a vast selection of fresh vegetables, cured meats, and imported cheeses for the ultimate Brazilian dining experience.
Inside Made in Brazil's brightly colored walls, waiters brandish sword-like skewers of roasted meat that can be sliced directly onto diners' plates. Taste an array of savory meats with this serving style, known as rodizio de churrasco ($23.93–$25.95), which was invented in the early 1800s by Brazilian gauchos. Diners can also peruse the equally scrumptious entrees on Made in Brazil’s menu, from the grilled-onion-topped sirloin steak known as bife acebolado ($16.95) to the robalo ao molho diablo ($18.95), a tasty fillet of striped bass and mussels. The steakhouse has spacious, comfortable booths for reclining after a long day of equator drawing, as well as a full bar that serves specialty drinks such as the Caipirinha, Brazil's answer to the mojito, and classics such as martinis and beer.
Growing up, Marcie Spampinato watched her father, Mike, masterfully manage a local country club. By seventh grade, she was working alongside him, and today—with a restaurant management degree from Penn State under her belt—she joins with Mike to co-manage their steak-and-sushi joint, Spamps.
Chefs trained in Japan artfully stuff the eatery's sushi rolls with fresh ingredients such as black-pepper-crusted tuna and flying fish roe. Fusion flourishes such as kimchi tartar sauce, miso beurre blanc, and sake reductions give entrees such as rib-eye steak an Asian flair.
And much like a chocoholic's dream journal, the eatery's new cocktails revolve around sweet flavors, especially Marcie's favorite, the pumpkin-pie martini. Libations, which also include wine and beer, flow freely behind a copper bar with TVs or fill glasses in a dining room with exposed brick walls and private booths. At an outdoor patio dubbed The Grotto, lofted TVs illuminate trellises and tabletops as well as bar-goers shimmying to a live DJ's beats on Friday and Saturday nights.
Chef John Talbot delivers mouthwatering fare from the land and the sea to rest on Creed's elegant white tablecloths. Yellowfin tuna drizzled with ponzu sauce ($29) and chimichurri-topped New Zealand king salmon ($28) headline a list of fresh charcoal-grilled fish. Manager and sommelier Josef Plattner is often on hand to offer suggestions for which wine to pair with a New York strip steak ($38) or to mingle with a mustard-herb-crusted rack of lamb ($36). Though the menu favors meat, there are also a number of tasty vegetarian options, including the house-made vegetarian ravioli, stuffed with crimini mushrooms and ricotta cheese, served with fried spinach and a gazpacho coulis ($18). With its soft cream-hued walls and tasteful décor, Creed's is an ideal location for romantic get-togethers or business meetings with bands of ravenous highwaymen.