Meat, meat and more meat. That's the bottom line on the
menu at the popular Texas de Brazil churrascaria (steak house), but
it's not the whole story. In fact, the menu is based on the history
of Brazilian Gauchos (cowboys) preparing and providing a feast for
their families. Beyond the food on the plate, a trip to Texas de
Brazil is a complete, and very filling, dining
Our experience at the Chicago location began with a warm
welcome from our server, who explained the preparation of the meat
and the process for service. We had a perfect view of the beautiful
acrobat in charge of retrieving wine bottles while suspended on a
sort of trapeze-very entertaining. My sons were excited to have
their own paddles, which basically alert the Gaucho-costumed
servers when you're ready for the meat, which is sliced off skewers
right at the table.
But before we turned our paddles to green, we made our way
to the enormous salad bar. Really, "salad bar" doesn't do justice
to the selection of seasonal ingredients, meats, cheeses, olives,
rice and beans. Since the restaurant does not offer a traditional
menu of entrees, this is where customers can customize their meals.
My sons chose carefully, even trying some new dishes.
Then it was time for the main event. The restaurant offers
a huge variety of beef, pork and poultry. As soon as we indicated
"go," we were inundated with Gauchos offering bacon-wrapped
chicken, flank steak, leg of lamb, Brazilian sausages, the
house-special Picanha-the list goes on and on. All the meats are
slow-roasted over an open-flame grill. By the time we had sampled
everything once, I wasn't sure I could handle seconds of my
favorites, but I managed more flank steak-delicious.
After the meat fest, neither my husband nor I could even
consider the delicious-looking dessert tray, but my 8-year-old
devoured an entire piece of chocolate mousse cake, which he deemed
the "perfect finish."
Alena Murguia lives in Berwyn, Illinois along with her husband and three growing sons.
See more of Alena's stories here.
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