Skewered cuts of sirloin, brazilian sausage, and pork ribs rotate slowly over a sweltering grill, their savory juices producing a rhythmic hiss as each drop hits the metal. This is churrasco, Xodó Grill's specialty. Once the traditional Brazilian barbecue has roasted to a tender finish, the staff slices off juicy morsels for customers to pair with 12 types of salads and a slate of hot dishes from the colorful buffet. Heaping plates of fried yucca, picanha, and cheese bread await the scales, which customers use to pay by the pound and Lady Justice uses to smuggle extra cuts of steak.
Brazilian Steak House | Award-Winning Churrasco | Hot-Food Buffet | Caipirinha Cocktails | Fixed-Price Menu
How it Works: During this all-you-can-eat fine-dining experience, customers are first seated at tables bedecked with white linens. Then, a server parades out a selection of 16 churrascaria meats, carving off a portion of skewered beef, lamb, pork, or chicken. A two-sided, colored coaster—green for "keep it coming," red for "I'm stuffed"—lets the staff know if you'd like seconds or thirds. Diners can also help themselves to the buffet of salad fixings and side dishes.
Inside Tip: Vegetarians can skip out on the meat and pay a reduced price for the salad and sides buffets. The extensive salad bar is filled with traditional choices as well as tabbouleh and pickled shiitake, and the hot side dishes include a "mashed potato so smooth it could pass for crème fraîche," according to OC Weekly.
Caipirinha: a Brazilian cocktail made with the sugarcane-based spirit cachaça and lime juice
If You Can’t Make It, Try This: Amazon Churrascaria BBQ Buffet (1445 S. Lemon Street, Fullerton), more casual—but no less authentic—spot for Brazilian cuisine according to the Los Angeles Times.
Brazilian churrascarias—a kind of Portuguese barbeque joint—have their roots in traditional celebrations of a successful harvest. At modern churrascarias, waiters walk around with skewers or roasted meat, cutting off all-you-can-eat portions of steak, pork, and chicken directly onto your plate. Diners interested in rounding out a years' worth of protein can find endless accompaniments at the salad bar and buffet of Brazilian hot dishes or try traditional drinks such as caipirinha or guarana, a Brazilian soda.
Perched atop the hills of its namesake, Orange County Mining Co. pairs an eight-part champagne brunch with 19th-century nostalgia, as wagon wheels and cacti impart a rugged prickle to the restaurant's cozy atmosphere. The brunch offerings warm diners with carved prime rib and ham, cheese blintz, and other toasty tastes, before cooling palates with iced shrimp, snow crab legs, and lox. Ravenous miners can pile culinary ore into made-to-order omelettes, pancakes, and waffles, or gather steam with tamales and menudo at executive chef Horacio Barragan's Mexican station. To cap off appetites, baked delicacies and other sweets are either devoured or skewered for a dunk in the chocolate fountain.
Black Angus Steakhouse was founded in 1964 by a rancher named Stuart Anderson. Like so many other restaurant entrepreneurs, Stuart wanted to create a place that served food people loved and at prices they could afford. With 45 restaurants in 6 states, Stuart definitely made it happen! The Black Angus Steakhouse menu features big helpings of mouth watering favorites like teriyaki steak lettuce wraps, loaded potato skins and a wagon wheel sampler platter, it’s hard to believe that those are just the appetizers! Burgers and sandwiches are available, along with delicious shareables like grilled asparagus, and for a main course patrons can choose anything from prime rib to large lobster tail! Chicken is available too—honestly, there are a lot of choices at Black Angus Steakhouse. Our advice is to go in and check it out for yourself; you probably won’t be disappointed!
Fall in love all over again at Morton's Steakhouse - one of Orange County's favorite high-end steak houses featuring the most tender, juicy steaks that are cooked to perfection. Watch as the tantalizing juices drip off the fork as you feast on a delectable menu that offers a mouthwatering American cuisine of steak, seafood, grill, and barbecue set in their elegant, private dining rooms that are available for private parties for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Nibble on delectable appetizers, such as their huge jumbo shrimp cocktail followed by their famous USDA prime-aged beef, which is the top 2% of beef available in the U.S. End up sharing a hot, moist souffle for two all complimented by their award winning wine list. Go ahead and splurge! You only live once!