Not a lot of ideas dreamed up on a first date come to fruition. But for Daniela and Brad, their first date in a Sao Paulo pizzeria grew into more than just a romance. With every successive date, their wouldn't-it-be-nice dream of opening a Brazilian-style pizzeria grew too shape. Not too long after, they decided to use the recipes handed down from their Italian ancestors to create their pizzeria, Fogo 2 Go.
In their cozy store-front—taken up by a main counter and an enormous brick oven—they bake crispy, Italian pizzas paired with unique Brazilian influences. Their pies come layered with everything from classic Italian sausages to more unique brie margherita and shrimp scampi toppings. True to the idea's Brazilian roots, they also cook up treats such as coxinha—an empanada filled with seasoned chicken and mashed potatoes—as well as desserts such as flan and Nutella & Banana pizza.
Aside from the Brazilian-Italian comestibles, Fogo's crown jewel is the brick-fired, charbroiled whole, half, or quarter chicken. Thanks to the intensity of the oven's heat and the incantations of the bistro's house shaman, the chicken quick-cooks, leaving a bacon-crisp skin and sealing in juices. What they never decided in their dream was the type of beverages to serve, so the pair let customers make that choice themselves with their BYOB policy. Fogo 2 Go even satisfies late-night hungers by staying open until 3 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights.
Brazilian-born chef Jorgina Pereira relies on ingredients such as cassava root, collards, and coconut to infuse stews and stir-fries with tropical flavors at Sinhá. Pereira prepares her homeland's cuisine at home, welcoming guests into her historic brick townhouse for intimate meals in the mid-afternoon and private events in the evenings. In addition to doling out tropical comestibles at its brick-and-mortar location, the staff takes a custom catering menu on the road with Brazilian musicians, dressing for events in a Carmen Miranda-like uniform of flowing dresses and fruit-filled head dresses. Sinhá is a local favorite, and was even featured on ABC 7 Chicago News in a restaurant segment.
Head to Norman's Bistro for a bite of Brazil — this mouth-watering establishment dishes out delicious barbecued meats.
Pick your poison and toast your evening — drinks are also served here.
Don't leave the kids at home — youngsters will love the family-friendly cuisine at Norman's Bistro just as much as mom and dad.
Got the whole gang with you? Norman's Bistro is a great pick for large parties.
If dining outdoors is your idea of a good time, you'll love the gorgeous patio seating at Norman's Bistro.
Reserve a table ahead of time and avoid the lines.
Norman's Bistro welcomes laid-back diners, so there's no pressure to throw on heels or a tie.
Carry-out is also available for those who prefer to enjoy Norman's Bistro's cooking from the comfort of their own home.
Through their catering service, Norman's Bistro can also set out a delicious spread for your next party.
Find a space on the street or park in the lot not far from the restaurant.
The average check at Norman's Bistro will stay below $30 per person, so it's a relatively affordable option.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all served at Norman's Bistro, so come by whenever it fits your schedule.
There's a little piece of Brazil tucked in amongst the storefronts and shops in Chicago's Lakeview neighborhood. Brazilian Bowl welcomes diners into its cozy space with traditional, homemade Brazilian food, made with Angus-certified beef and accented with sauces that earned their own segment on Chicago's Best. Feijoada—a black bean and meat stew, which is Brazil's national dish and featured prominently on the country's flag—provides a perfectly hearty introduction to the restaurant's warming cuisine. Between bites, guests can sip juice-bar creations and smoothies blended with fresh fruit. They can also browse a wide variety of Brazilian products in the restaurant's colorful grocery area.
If you got three chances to guess what they serve at mEAT, chances are, you'd only need one. More than 13 varieties of cage- and hormone-free meat and wild-caught seafood dishes are available in bite-size, skewered morsels, though there are also crab-rangoon flatbreads and vegetarian- and pescatarian-friendly entrees. Catering to people with a backyard barbecue sensibility as well as fine-dining enthusiasts and those who only eat things off sticks, main courses include bacon-wrapped chicken with jalapeños, beef tenderloin tips in a burgundy wine sauce, and wasabi-crusted salmon with dijon mustard. To wash it down, there's a wide array of whiskey cocktails, craft beers, and molecular chemistry–inspired Vaportinis.
With the same meticulous preparation used in Brazil since 1979, the chefs at Fogo de Chao expertly grill 15 cuts of meat that are sliced to-order tableside. They flavor New Zealand lamb with a mint marinade, wrap filet mignon in bacon, and massage baby back pork ribs with a special wet and dry rub before fire-cooking each slab. The restaurant’s gaucho chefs then cart the speared meats from table to table, stopping to slice tender pieces onto guests’ plates and challenge one another to fencing matches. As a result, Zagat rated both the food and the kitchen-to-table service at very good to excellent.