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Feb 27, 2006 03:12 PM

Picanha - Castor Ave.

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Anybody tried it ?? I am a big Rodizo fan and eat a Fogo de Chao in Houston all the time. Just had a PRETTY good experience at Churrascaria Plataforma in the Manhattan Theatre district.

I've been waiting for one of these meat palaces to show up around here ...

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  1. Haven't tried but would love to know exactly where they are located.

    I heard they have great Brazilian pizza-- Is this true?

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    1. re: xtian
      Jan Klincewicz

      Philadelphia Weekly did articles on both Picanha, and another joint near there that does Brazilian Pizza:

      You should NEVER stuff your face full of cheap bulk flour products at a Rodizio .

      Padaria & Pizzaria Brasil

      7514 Castor Ave. 215.722.7464

      1. re: xtian

        I plan to go there tonight. Decent reviews in the Philly Weekly ( and Inquirer (3/12/06 review). Here's the location:

        Picanha Brazillian Grill, 6501 Castor Avenue.

        I think I read one's opening soon in Center City, but I don't know where!

      2. I haven't been there yet, but plan to go soon.
        I have had great experiences at Samba, a brazillian rodizio/ night club, located at 7th and Girard Ave. The real deal as when i visited Rio de Janiero, Samba's rodizio was better! Make sure you let them know how you like your meat cooked, i prefer med rare as the well done tastes too tough/ bland. Not the best neighborhood (North Philly), so just be heads up. The capranias keep calling my name!

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        1. re: debmania

          I'll have to try it. I've been searching for a Rodizio in Philly for some time. I eat up around that hood pretty frequently (Tierra Columbian etc.) A pity these places don't show up on a Google search .. More business would help tur these North Philly barrios into more prosperous neighborhoods.

          Muito Obrigado !!

          1. re: phillyjazz

            I've eaten at Picanha. Thought the chow was mediocre, the grilled meat was over cooked as far as I'm concerned (I can eat meat raw) and the sides are okay, not great. We were the only gringos in the place and the folks looked suprised to see us. The service was wonderful and the gorgeous young ladies, with sleeveless mini tank tops on (it was January and we were freezing and wearing 20 sweaters) made us feel like it was summer in Rio and we had a blast.