Brazilian churrascarias—a kind of Portuguese barbeque joint—have their roots in traditional celebrations of a successful harvest. At modern churrascarias, waiters walk around with skewers or roasted meat, cutting off all-you-can-eat portions of steak, pork, and chicken directly onto your plate. Diners interested in rounding out a years' worth of protein can find endless accompaniments at the salad bar and buffet of Brazilian hot dishes or try traditional drinks such as caipirinha or guarana, a Brazilian soda.
A well-known Mexican restaurant in Anaheim, Costa Rica is the perfect location for a flavorful menu. The casual atmosphere and great menu options allow guests to focus on what matters: the terrific food.
No specific attire is required, so feel free to dress casually and comfortably. Also, it's common knowledge that the background noise can get a little loud here.
If you're on the lookout for the perfect spot for family or friends, it's been reviewed as a solid option for large groups and kids. If you need food provided for a local event, take advantage of its catering options. Or, if you just want to pop in for a beverage, the restaurant does have a pretty decent selection at its bar.
Specializing in dinner and late-night cuisine, making a trip to Costa Rica is never a bad call. Don't worry about trying to find a spot on the street, as visitors to the restaurant do have access to a private parking lot nearby.
Agora Churrascaria: A User's Guide
Brazilian Steak House | Award-Winning Churrasco | Hot-Food Buffet | Caipirinha Cocktails | Fixed-Price 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.
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.
Servers hoisting skewers circulate continuously through Samba Brazilian Steakhouse, pausing tableside to carve mesquite-grilled morsels of brazilian sausage, bacon-wrapped chicken, and sirloin steak. Clusters of mod white couches stand out against glowing orange walls, which contain plenty of nooks for groups to squeeze into. Brunch hours offer a consortium of all-you-can-eat meats such as marinated beef and pork. The main course is complemented by unlimited trips to the salad- and Brazilian side dish-buffet. At night, a chorus of smooth-limbed showgirls catalyzes the party with a slight assist from the caipirinha bar's more than 20 versions of Brazil's national cocktail.
Tropical fruits and veggies comprise the majority of drinks and dishes at Natureba Juice Bar, a Brazilian juice bar that specializes in blended beverages. In addition to whirling fruits such as guava, coconut, and mango for more than 30 signature smoothies, juice-makers plunder produce stores for custom drinks and açaí bowls. Savory baked specialties include pastries and tapioca crêpes, each stuffed with a choice of cheeses and meats, as well as salads and sandwiches with ingredients such as sundried tomatoes and hearts of palm. The cozy dining room's walls wear neon green and bright orange.
Warning: sitting on the patio at the Silvio's Brazilian Beach BBQ may result in getting misted with ocean spray, hearing the sound of waves lapping along the beach, and getting a nice suntan. The gorgeous pier-side location is hardly Silvio's only distinctive quality, though. The restaurant compliments the picturesque views with equally engaging dishes, such as ceviche made with seasonal white fish, Mississippi pulled pork sandwiches, and their famous carnaval plates—sharable platters for two heaped with morsels of barbecue chicken and tri-tip steak, calabreza ipanema salad, vinagretti, and flame-licked veggie skewers. All the while, guests can joyously clink glasses of on-tap craft beers or classic Brazilian cocktails.