Fogo De Chao is a Brazilian Steakhouse that serves a large variety of meats tableside where Chef’s prepare and cut your meats right before your eyes. In addition there is a large food bar in the middle of the dining room with salads and different types of fish.
We, however, were given a few comp cards that would allow us to sit at the bar and enjoy some appetizers, which was perfect for us as we could experience some of the food without all the meat being brought to our table.
We were given bread right away which was nice as we were pretty hungry.
We started with the Hearts of Palm and Spinach Dip. Served with crispy bread, the dish was creamy and hearty, incredibly rich and indulgent. The hearts of palm are meatier than the usual artichoke found in a spinach dip.
The Polenta Fries was the next thing we ordered and these were sprinkled with a light dusting of parmesan and served with a malagueta chili pepper aioli. Polenta is lighter and crisper than its potato counterpart though a bit lacking in taste. However, the aioli stepped up and added some needed spice to the polenta.
With money still left on our gift cards, we decided to try the Charcuterie Board– a plate of assorted cheeses, prosciutto, salami and figs. Served with an olive salad and crostini, the plate was sophisticated but dainty. Though I do not eat very much meat I really liked the peppery salami and the creamy cheese combo.
We enjoyed Fogo De Chao though we would probably not venture into the dining room for a full meat meal. However, even at lunch, the restaurant was quite packed leading me to believe this is a very popular place.
There are 19 locations in the United States and 7 outlets in the country of Brazil. For just the appetizers and service we received I think Fogo De Chao deserves 4 1/2 of 5 sprouts.