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Brazilian chop houses

worldlyman Feb 16, 2000 12:14 PM

What is your opinion of those "rodizio" Brazilian steak houses where the servers all go around cutting shanks of meat onto your place until you put up the "red flag?"

Sometimes the meat can be spotty in terms of the way its cooked. Usually, it's pretty good though.

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    Tom Stebbins Feb 16, 2000 01:06 PM

    Personally, I love those Brazilian chop houses. So much meat, it's a once a year treat.

    Tho, I've only been to one in Mass., and it was way out in Southborough. If anyone knows of a Brazilian chop house closer to the city, lemme know. It's been a while since I forsaked my heart, capilaries and conscience and went a meat binge.


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    1. re: Tom Stebbins
      Jim Leff Feb 16, 2000 01:10 PM

      There's a Brazilian I've had my eye on for some time; I'm not sure they serve rodizio style (though lots of brazilians are grafting rodizio onto their menus because of the fad). Check out cafe brazil 421 Cambridge Street, Brighton (617) 789-5980, just south of the Pike.

      1. re: Tom Stebbins
        Paul Desorcy Feb 16, 2000 08:14 PM

        CHURRASCO RODIZIO (barbecue in the round) is a great way to get your meat overdose. There are two places I know of in the Boston area. Midwest Grill.. 1124 Cambridge Street.. Cambridge ..617 354-7536 and Ipanema Restaurant.. 106 Southville Road.. Southborough.. 508 460-6114. Pampas, which was on Mass Ave., just outside of Central Square, is now closed. I have had the Churrasco at Ipanema but ate off the regular menu when I went to Midwest. My one complaint about Churrasco is that after a while everything starts to taste the same . Don’t miss the "chicken hearts" and "Sagres beer".


        1. re: Paul Desorcy
          Jim Leff Feb 16, 2000 08:24 PM

          Paul, thanks for posting. Small correction of an error EVERYONE makes: the style of all-you-can-eat meat from strolling waiters is called "rodizio". Churrasco just refers to a steakhouse in general. All churrascos are not rodizio, but all rodizios are churrasco!

          "My one complaint about Churrasco is that after a while everything starts to taste the same"

          I know what you mean...but that's not true when it's done really well. For ex, at good places in Brazil they treat each cut of meat completely differently; lots of individual hands-on care. In most places in USA, it's done more like an assembly line, with time-on-the-skewer the only variant.

          "Don’t miss the "chicken hearts""

          mmmmm...chicken hearts! the best!

      2. j
        Jim Leff Feb 16, 2000 12:48 PM

        No cuisine or restaurant type is intrinsically good or bad....it's all about the quality of ingredients and the skill of the chef. Same for rodizio. I'm not really sure what sort of opinions you're looking for here.

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        1. re: Jim Leff
          worldlyman Feb 16, 2000 02:24 PM

          Sometimes the concept of serving food a certain way can be discussed, especially by those who are green to it. Think about tapas and how they were originally served. That can be discussed without the nuances of specific spices, preparation and all that.

          But yes, I agree that food, whatever its geographic origin, is basically good, as you say.

          1. re: worldlyman
            Jim Leff Feb 16, 2000 02:34 PM

            I'm not totally sure we've had a true meeting of the minds on this, but I'm glad you think we agree!

            At any rate, all foodly matters are fair game for discussion here, fer sure. I wasn't trying to censor you, just to point out the pitfalls of generalizing.


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          jen kalb Feb 16, 2000 12:42 PM

          Hi - sounds like youve really gotten into Houston foodlife - why not post some of your favorites for rijstaffel, rodizio, vietnamese etc.on the Texas board?

          Link: http://www.chowhound.com/southwest/bo...

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          1. re: jen kalb
            worldlyman Feb 16, 2000 02:28 PM


            I have posted there also.

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