Have you ever been to Fogo de Chao? This internationally renowned Southern Brazilian Steakhouse began nearly 40 years ago in Brazil, and continues to set the standard for Brazilian Churrascarias with premium dining locations in 50+ cities around the world. And the Dallas area is lucky to be home to three of these locations: Addison, Plano and Uptown.
Fogo de Chao offers a robust menu including a wide variety of fire-roasted meats carved tableside by expert gaucho chefs, as well as seasonal salads, traditional Brazilian sides, signature cocktails, and an award-winning wine list.
The gauchos are chefs born into the centuries-old grilling tradition of churrasco, respecting the ingredients by cooking them slow and exposing their natural flavors.
The Feijoada Bar and Market Table at Fogo de Chao
The Market Table is a colorful palate of fresh and flavorful ingredients inspired by Brazilian farmlands & recipes that are traditional & natural staples of Southern Brazilian cuisine. From fresh fruits, vegetables, salads, cheeses and charcuterie, you’ll find olives, salamis, jams, leafy greens, and seasonal selections to start the meal.
The Feijoada Bar sits next to the Market Table. There you can find Feijoada (a black bean stew with sausage), rice, seasonal offerings such as Butternut Squash or Asparagus soup, parmigiano reggiano, and black pepper candied bacon. That bacon was amazing, and definitely a “must try item!” But take my word for it and don’t fill up on the market table or the Feijoada Bar!
Meat at Fogo de Chao
Guests can choose from a variety of steak, chicken, lamb, pork and shrimp, each brought out by a Gaucho through the evening… and as much as you can handle. Your waiter at Fogo de Chao will present you with a coaster that gives direction for how to request meat (green side) and instructs you to flip the coaster over to red you’re ready for a break. You can eat all the meat, but don’t forget about the sides! Garlic mashed potatoes, caramelized banana, polenta, and Pao De Queijo (cheesy popovers) will be brought to your table as a nice compliment to the meat carvings. (Picture of the Pao De Queijo below… because they were my favorite!)
There would be no churrasco without picanha.
Cocktails at Fogo de Chao
The selection of cocktails are incredible, and it’s nice to get a sip of Brazil along with the food. My favorite was the Passionate Caipirinha, and I was so excited when I was told the recipe was online! This might be my new drink of choice (and it looks so easy to recreate at home!)
Other cocktail selections include the Coconut Batida, the Mango Habanero and the Cucumber Mint Smash.