I participated in the Texas de Brazil Campaign on behalf of Wendy’s Bloggers. My guests and I received complimentary meals to facilitate this post, but the opinions, creative content, and photographs (unless noted) are my own.
When we moved to Texas (years ago), we discovered a restaurant called Texas de Brazil — a Brazilian steakhouse that I never knew was missing from my life in Louisiana.
Texas de Brazil is an authentic Brazilian-American churrascaria (steak house) that combines the cuisine of Southern Brazil with the generous spirit of Texas in tempting, all you care to eat portions of seasoned beef, lamb, pork, and chicken.
It has become one of our favorite places to visit when we have a celebration, but right now, they are the ones with all the excitement! Texas de Brazil is celebrating their 20th anniversary this month, so you can toast to #TdBToast20 and keep reading to see how you can win 1 of 8 $100 gift cards!
If you’ve never been to Texas de Brazil, your first experience can be overwhelming and you might not get the full potential your meal has to offer. (I was there, too!) With these tips, though, you’ll walk in as a pro — even if it is your first time dining there!
6 Things To Know Before Visiting Texas de Brazil
Call your local restaurant to make a reservation before you go.
The restaurant is very popular, meaning there could be a wait if you don’t make your reservation ahead of time. A list of locations (with phone numbers) can be found on Texas de Brazil’s website.
Once you arrive, get a drink!
The Caipirinha, made with cachaca, is the national drink of Brazil and very sought after at Texas de Brazil restaurants. There are a few different varieties, though the original and mango are my top favorite!
Don’t overdo it at the salad bar.
I love the huge salad bar available at Texas de Brazil, but make sure you save room for the meat that’s soon to follow. This salad bar has everything from cheese and olives to deli cuts and sushi to lettuce and (amazing) lobster bisque. I usually get the lobster bisque and patiently wait for the meat to come. *You can always go back to the salad bar while dining, so pace yourself, but don’t pass it up!
You can opt for the salad bar only.
Customers get a reduced price for their meal if they forgo the meat altogether. I could definitely fill up on the salad bar alone!
When you are ready for the meat, use the card on your table to let the Gauchos know!
Once you are seated, each person is presented with a coaster of sorts. The coaster is green on one side and red on the other. The green means go, and those Gauchos won’t stop offering selections of meat until you flip to red! You can flip back and forth as needed, and make requests if your favorite meat hasn’t come around. (You can even request well done, rare or anything in-between!)
There are about 15 different selections of meat, so again, pace yourself, but…
Save room for dessert!
Dessert isn’t included in the price of your meal, but it’s so worth it! We fell in love with the cheesecake and creme brulee, but wished we had more room for the carrot cake and key lime pie!