Brazilian Steakhouses in Salinas


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When owners Vanessa and Ron Wilkerson were opening Samba Rock Acai Café, they encountered many roadblocks along the way. For instance, the city assessed there would be a $30,000 traffic-impact fee for their restaurant. So the duo improvised. They built an indoor bike parking area, reducing the fee while still providing customers a place to park their wheels. This is just one example in which Ron has defied what some might see as a career-ending set-back. In 1988, the former professional BMX Freestyle rider fell into a coma after failing to land a no-hander, no-footer trick on his bike. Though some might have given up after a life-threatening experience like that—he suffered short-term memory loss and even forgot some of the BMX tricks that he had pioneered—Ron got back on his bike. And if he hadn’t, he would never have traveled to Sao Paolo, Brazil, met Vanessa, married her, or opened Samba Rock Acai Café. The menu at Samba Rock Acai Café pays homage to the country where the Wilkersons met and where Vanessa grew up. Blended Brazilian berries and mix-ins, such as bananas and peanut butter, make up the base for their acai bowls. They crown this base with toppings such as fresh fruit, avocado, coconut cream, and granola. Their smoothies also feature acai, as well as organic ingredients, which have never been tainted by spray tanners to look more appealing to customers. To round out their South American-inspired menu, they serve yerba mate—steeped leaves of the mate plant—with acai to sweeten each sip.
291 Water St
Santa Cruz,
CA
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For a taste of South America, Cafe Brasil is home to some of the tastiest Brazilian fare in town. You won t find fare that s low in fat here Cafe Brasil is the perfect place to indulge. Unwind with a glass of wine or cocktail with your meal — Cafe Brasil has a wonderful selection of drinks to accompany your dinner. At Cafe Brasil, kids of all ages are welcome. The patio tables outside of Cafe Brasil are the perfect spot for a summer meal. You'll want to save quiet conversations for another spot, though — the restaurant can get noisy. It's strictly first-come, first-served at Cafe Brasil, so plan an early arrival for your pick of tables. Drift away from stuffy dress-code conventions and dine in comfort at Cafe Brasil. You can also grab your food to go. Impress the visitors at your next gathering by calling in Cafe Brasil for catering. Cafe Brasil's diners can park in a nearby lot or on the street. Bicyclists will also find lots of space to safely lock up their bikes. You can take it easy on your wallet at Cafe Brasil — prices are generally less than $30 per person. The restaurant serves lunch and dinner, but it's the brunch menu that draws the most rave reviews from patrons.
1410 Mission St
Santa Cruz,
CA
US
Taurinus Brazilian Steakhouse combines the flavors of outdoor campfire cooking with the comfort of an indoor dining room. The restaurant takes its inspiration from the churrasco cooking style of southern Brazil's gauchos, who would gather after long days of ranch work and sear sizable cuts of beef above a roaring fire pit. At Taurinus Brazilian Steakhouse, the pit is replaced by a grill, although smoldering mesquite charcoal still lends a smoky flavor to the meats while sealing in the succulent juices. Servers wander the dining room carrying skewers of more than a dozen different meats, stopping to carve cuts of pork loin, leg of lamb, and bacon-wrapped filet mignon tableside. To let servers know to hold off on the all-you-can-eat servings of meats, diners flip a card from green to red. This break also provides an opportunity to peruse the salad bar's selection of crisp vegetables, imported cheeses, and hot side dishes. Meanwhile, diners can refresh their palates with a slew of drinks, including beer, sangria, and caipirinhas?Brazil's iconic cocktail. The steak house even features a number of international wines stored in a walk-in, climate-controlled cellar that extends all the way to Brazil.
167 W San Fernando St.
San Jose,
CA
US
For traditional Brazilian cooking, try Pampas Palo Alto. At Pampas Palo Alto, the cooks create additional gluten-free dishes that taste great. A night out deserves a drink to celebrate, and Pampas Palo Alto has the perfect selection of beer and wine to go with your meal. Little guys and gals will also love dining at Pampas Palo Alto, which offers a family-friendly environment (and menu). Book a room at Pampas Palo Alto so the only you have to worry about is what great dish you're going to order. Leave the fancy duds at home — patrons at the restaurant dress informally. If you need to feed a big crowd, Pampas Palo Alto also offers catering services for parties and get-togethers. Find parking in a garage or a number of lots near Pampas Palo Alto. If cycling is more your speed, you'll find plenty of space to stash your bike outside the restaurant. A night out here can be a bit pricey, so prepare to shell out a bit more. Pampas Palo Alto accepts all major credit cards, including Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express. Reviewers rave about the dinner menu at the restaurant, though breakfast and lunch are also served.
529 Alma St
Palo Alto,
CA
US
Eat an endless parade of succulent meats, salads, sides, and hot dishes at Espetus Churrascaria. With today's Groupon, $20 gets you $40 toward a prix fixe rodizio-style dinner (can't be used toward drinks or dessert) that ensures hunger's defeat at the hands of knife-wielding, meat-serving gauchos. The rodizio dinner costs $49.95, so you'll still need another $9.95 in addition to your $40 Groupon, but that's still 40% off some of the best meats in town.
710 S B St
San Mateo,
CA
US
Find all of your special occasion treats at Bakery Street, a local bakery. Sometimes it seems like it's hard to find something healthy to eat when you go out. This is not the case at Bakery Street. Seating is readily available at Bakery Street for those with large parties. Wireless Internet access is available for no charge at Bakery Street. You can also grab your grub to go. Can't get enough of Bakery Street's tasty dishes? They also offer a catering service for parties and events. Drive to lunch or dinner at Bakery Street and find easy parking in a lot close by or on the street. Bakery Street provides ample space for bikers to store their bikes. You won't find better prices in town than at Bakery Street, so grab all the snacks you can carry. At Bakery Street, you can pay with Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express or any other major credit card.
1465 Factor Ave
San Leandro,
CA
US
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