Like a 128-pack of crayons, an all-you-can-eat dinner offers an array of colorful options irresistible to starving artists. Feed hungry souls with today’s Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of Brazilian fare at Picanha Churrascaria, redeemable at the Burbank and Cathedral City locations.
Picanha Churrascaria's meat carvers animate the practices of a 300-year-old tradition, carrying skewers packed with churrasco fare from table to table to slice directly onto plates. Hands begin the all-you-can-eat feast ($29.95/person on weekdays; $32.95/person on weekends) by sliding tableside indicators to green to signal readiness for an onslaught of meats, carried on a sword by gaucho-clad servers. Knives sink through delectables such as the signature picanha—top sirloin marinated in garlic or peppers—sending hunks of meaty goodness falling to cuisine platforms. More waiters follow closely behind, bearing filet mignon, sausage, and chicken drumsticks that pound out festive drumbeats when they fall to tables or land on drums in customers' laps. Tines stab at freshly trimmed pork loin, and chicken comes in bacon wrapping paper. Diners venture to the buffet to stock up on classic hot sides such as black beans, mashed potatoes, and chicken stroganoff or cool palates with more than 40 items from the fresh salad bar, including lettuce, yucca flour, and hearts of palm. When fingers are exhausted from fork operating, thumbs slide indicators to the red side, stopping beef cutters in their tracks until an authoritative character named Simon says they may move again.
In keeping with the 300-year-old Brazilian tradition of slowly roasting skewered meats over an open flame, Picanha Churrascaria overwhelms diners' appetites with never-ending servings of 15 different proteins. Throughout each meal, servers approach tables with long, sword-like skewers of top sirloin, garlic chicken, and leg of lamb, then slice freshly grilled portions directly onto plates until guests signal them to stop. Between platefuls, diners can visit the restaurant's buffet, which features more than 40 salad fixings, a spread of traditional Brazilian side dishes, and cutthroat guards that see to it that no one scoops with their hands.