The savory skewers popular at traditional Brazilian steak houses arose from a 19th-century accident involving the gauchos' famous love of darts and an inopportunely parked deli truck. Pin down your dinner with today's Groupon to Rio's Steakhouse, with one location in Quincy and another set to open in Plymouth in early September. Choose between the following options:
- For $15, you get $30 worth of Brazilian steak-house fare and nonalcoholic drinks.
- For $25, you get $60 worth of Brazilian steak-house fare and nonalcoholic drinks.
Rio's Steakhouse consists of a sizzling ballroom where skewers of savory meats whirl au naturel, coquettishly divested of seasonings' guise. The centerpiece of this rich revelry is the all-you-can-eat rodizio dinner, for which dutiful churrasqueiros visit each table with a fistful of carnivorous delights, from a well-done rump roast to an edible necklace pendant made of sausage ($12.99). With the rodizio comes a visit to the hot-and-cold buffet, which touts crisp greens alongside an ever-shifting selection of Brazilian cuisine. Pescetarians might split a vessel of moqueca, a Brazilian fish stew with cilantro, tomatoes, and the house's secret spice blend ($18.95, serves two). Bookend your meal with the paradoxical fried yucca and sausages—outwardly crunchy yet inwardly soft, like a high-school gym teacher ($7.99)—and the luxuriously toothsome pudim de leite, a golden bar of baked custard ($3.90).
Rio's Steak House
Brazilian-born owners Vagmar Stoffel and Rubiano Aguiar sought to create a community dining experience at Rio's Steakhouse, evoking gustatory memories of their hometowns. Rodizio-style dining allows guests to remain seated while attentive churrascaria waiters continually fill empty plates from skewers of slow-cooked beef, chicken, and pork, which they gingerly carve tableside. In between platefuls, diners can temporarily stop the flow of cuisine with either a color-coded coaster or a cleverly placed soccer ball, buying themselves time to visit the ever-changing buffet of hot sides and salad fixings.