Although sharp knives are the traditional meat-cutting utensils of Brazilian gauchos, some of today's most discriminating carnivores prefer to portion edibles using graceful chainsaw movements. Discover your own personal slicing style with today's Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of Brazilian rodízio cuisine at Em Chamas Brazilian Grill, valid at both the Kansas City and St. Joseph locations.
Before the rodízio service at Em Chamas begins ($27.50+ / person), ravenous patrons can prime their nosh paunches at the elegant, flower-topped salad bar, which includes more than 30 choices of salads, vegetables, seafood, cheeses, and hot and cold dishes. Prepped palates can then flip their specially designed coin to "feed me," which will summon a parade of pirouetting waiters to unleash a meaty deluge of traditional espeta-skewered beef, pork, and chicken, all cooked rotisserie-style over a wood-fired grill. Molars sink into savories such as alcatra com queijo (provolone-stuffed top sirloin) and medalhão com bacon (beef medallions wrapped in bacon). Sobre coxa de frango picante (spicy chicken thighs), lombo de porco (marinated pork loin), and presunto caramelizado (caramelized pit ham) give diners a menagerie of options. Once stomachs are so full that they can no longer understand hunger even as an abstract concept, diners simply flip their coin to inform the restaurant cowboys of their satiation.
The churrasco of Em Chamas represents the traditional cuisine of southern Brazil’s lowland plains Pampas region. The black-bedecked waiters at Em Chamas work quickly to keep the flames of carnivorous desire blazing before each crisply white-clothed table. The experience is designed to be a social group activity, so bring along an army of exact physical doubles as a thank you for all the times their presence confused potential assassins.
After a trip to South America, restaurateur Sam Silvio was smitten with the desire to open his own churrascaria and began drawing up plans to that end with fellow restaurateur and brother Nick Silvio. Em Chamas sprang from this endeavor and now stands ready to dazzle diners with a continuous procession of meats grilled and skewered gaucho style. For a churrascaria experience at home, the restaurant packs and ships many of its authentic meats to doorsteps throughout the country. Family grill masters can dress up backyard barbecues or tailgates with the gourmet flavors of certified angus beef pichana steaks, carmel cinnamaon pit hams, spicy chicken thighs, garlic picanha, pork loin, and ribs.
At the restaurant, two-course excursions begin with a trip to the gourmet buffet bar, where visitors sift through more than 30 culinary presentations including Brazilian and American fare, seafood dishes, and salads. Once guests flip their table's coin to the "bring it" side, passadores begin dancing out with various cuts of wood-fired meat—including top sirloin stuffed with provolone, bacon-wrapped chicken, Brazilian pork sausage, and caramelized pit ham—which they hand carve according to each eater's specified knife angle. To indicate satiation, diners simply flip the coin over or rip their napkin into the shape of a stop sign.