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Agora Churrascaria: A User's Guide

Brazilian Steak House | Award-Winning Churrasco | Hot-Food Buffet | Caipirinha Cocktails | Fixed-Price Menu

Sample Menu

  • Entree: bacon-wrapped fillet
  • Side: feijoada, a black-bean stew
  • Dessert: passion-fruit mousse
  • Cocktail: strawberry-basil caipirinha

    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.



    Vocab Lesson

    • 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
    • Rodízio: an all-you-can-eat style of service common in Brazilian restaurants
    • 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.

1830 Main St
Irvine,
CA
US

Gol Brazilian Restaurant's cooks prepare top sirloin, bacon-wrapped pork, chicken hearts, and other meats in the traditional gaucho style—by skewering them onto metal rods and slow-roasting them over charcoal. Besides the succulent churrasco selections, a buffet of fresh, flavorful salads and hot dishes such as spaghetti carbonara and croquettes round out the menu. Patrons can sip fresh fruit juices, beer, or wine and finish meals with creamy flan and other desserts while observing the footwork of Brazilian soccer teams on the flat-screen TV.

10436 Magnolia Ave
Riverside,
CA
US

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.

2143 N Tustin St
Orange,
CA
US

Nestled inside Harrah’s Rincon Casino and Resort, the full-service spa relaxes weary bodies with the popular Swedish massage style. Gentle kneads and soothing strokes unravel muscle knots tied by stress and devious boy scouts practicing for their merit badges. Throughout the service, clients soak in relaxing vibes, which emanate from the interior’s many bamboo trunks and rich wooden accents. Once tension is relieved from active duty, clients emerge feeling limber and rejuvenated.

777 Harrah's Rincon Way
Valley Center,
CA
US

It's not every day that offering to grill at a friend's birthday party leads to a wildly successful business. But in the case of husband and wife team Ana Simon and Rafael Pedroso, it did. What began as just catering eventually transformed into a restaurant, when Ana and Rafael's friends insisted the slow-cooked cuisine was too good to keep under wraps. At Sabor de Vida, the two showcase their love of Brazilian-style barbecue, known as churrasco. Meals begin with the Brazilian-style tapas, or 'petiscos,' such as crispy yuca or polenta. On weekends, the kitchen prepares feijoada, a traditional Brazilian dish of black beans, barbecue beef, and sausage that's smoked like a little league team playing the Yankees.

215 S El Camino Real, Suite G
Encinitas,
CA
US

Jake's Del Mar: A User's Guide

Oceanside eatery with steaks, seafood, and a bounty of gluten-free options.

Sample Menu

  • Appetizer: seafood cocktail with shrimp, lobster, and orange-chili sauce
  • From the sea: schezwan-glazed salmon with bacon-scented dashi, shiitake mushrooms, and pickled mustard seeds
  • From the land: porter-beer-braised short rib with tomato-horseradish gremolata
  • Dessert: Hula pie—macadamia-nut ice cream on a dark-chocolate cookie crust topped with fudge, whipped cream, and more macadamias

    Where to Sit: To make the most of this beachside experience, try snagging a table next to the floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook the Pacific.



    When to Go: Head in between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. for happy hour. Jake's specials extend beyond the typical drinks and appetizers into the realm of fresh seafood at persuasive prices.



    While You're in the Neighborhood
    For date night: Just next door, Powerhouse Park (1658 Coast Boulevard at 17th Street) sports an outdoor theater and palm-tree-studded lawns ideal for a romantic stroll.
    For flying solo: About 3 miles away, the Del Mar racetrack (2260 Jimmy Durante Boulevard) hosts summer-long thoroughbred-racing events, inviting guests to place bets on which steed will win the race and which jockey will be named Best Dressed.



    If You Can’t Make It, Try This: For a taste of Jake's at home, whip up the restaurant's breakfast potatoes using this recipe.

1660 Coast Blvd
Del Mar,
CA
US