HOME > Chowhound > Los Angeles Area >
What's your latest food quest? Tell us about it

Brazilian BBQ Buffet

reality check Jul 4, 2006 06:07 AM

Picanha, Gaucho Village, Greenfield's.

What are the names of the other Brazilian BBQ buffets?

Which rates the best?

  1. n
    Norm Man Jul 4, 2006 07:34 AM

    Other Brazilian BBQ Buffets include Fago de Chao in Beverly Hills, Samba in Redondo Beach, By Brazil II in Torrance and Rio in Encino.

    1. AlwayzHungry Jul 4, 2006 05:45 PM

      I've only been to Fago de Chao in Beverly Hills but I think the service and food was very good. I'm not a huge meat eater, but I enjoyed their chicken offerings and they have a huge salad bar.

      But my favorite food is bread and Fago de Chao has these delicious cheese bread rolls that kept being renewed when they got cold. We didn't have to ask or anything!

      It's pretty pricey though... I went for lunch with a friend and the total was around $90 w/o tip... Dinner is around $50 a person... but I heard the meat is mostly the same...

      Must try those others and compare...

      1. wilafur Jul 4, 2006 06:02 PM

        there is also m-grill in koreatown.

        1. v
          VanNuysBear Jul 5, 2006 01:05 AM

          Haven't tried it yet, but Porto Alegro Brazilian B.B.Q. just opened recently at Paseo Colorado in Pasadena.

          1. a
            Andrew Gore Jul 5, 2006 02:20 PM

            At Farmer's Market, I've noticed what appears to be a buffet-style Brazilian place, that always has a long line waiting.

            1 Reply
            1. re: Andrew Gore
              wilafur Jul 7, 2006 09:02 PM

              its not a buffet as you pay for the food by the pound.

            2. m
              msmd310 Jul 7, 2006 09:00 PM

              Fogo de Chao in BH is very good, quite pricey (54 for the dinner- not incl drinks, tax, tip, dessert) very pretty salad bar, nice meats, but a pretty generic selection, and no hot buffet.
              I DO love their cheese rolls....

              the BEST brazilian BBQ in LA is
              Greenfield in West Covina
              half the price of FdC
              better selection of grilled meats (incl Chicken Hearts)
              delish hot dishes...mmmm Feijoada

              I just need someone who wants to drive me out there.....

              2 Replies
              1. re: msmd310
                bittermelon Jul 7, 2006 10:09 PM

                When do they have the chicken hearts? I went on a weekday night, so perhaps it's just a weekend thing.

                1. re: msmd310
                  reality check Jul 8, 2006 01:00 AM

                  I've been to Greenfield's in Long Beach. I find their meats to be very salty and after awhile they all taste the same.

                  The different or better cuts of meats, chicken hearts, bacon wrapped turkey, filet mignon do not come around as much as other cuts of meats, you'll get top sirloin all day long.

                2. d
                  Dorothy Jul 8, 2006 02:20 PM

                  A friend and I tried Amazon in Fullerton a couple weeks ago. It was my first churrascaria experience, but I really enjoyed it. I found it well worth the price ($23.95/pp).

                  One thing I particularly remember from the buffet was the gazpatcho "shooters" with a small shrimp in each one.

                  The meats came out pretty regularly and we got to try just aobut all of them, including alligator, rabbit, quail and duck.

                  Their website is at: http://www.amazonbbq.com/

                  1 Reply
                  1. re: Dorothy
                    Funwithfood Jul 8, 2006 03:22 PM

                    I have never tried that place, thanks for posting...

                  2. d
                    Diana Jul 8, 2006 04:27 PM

                    To tell you the truth, Picana ain't bad.

                    1 Reply
                    1. re: Diana
                      ktla97 Jul 9, 2006 05:48 AM

                      First Brazilian BBQ I have ever been to was Fogo De Chao. I thought service was excellent, the cheese bread was out of this world (still dreaming about it after almost a year pass). Salad bar was very fresh and plenty of selections. Meat was good but I thought it was quite pricey.

                      Just today, I went to Picanha in Burbank. I wasn't impress with it at all. It was quite inexpensive actually ($25.90 pp) compared to Fogo, but IMO not worth it. Service was just okay, quality of meat could have been better, I actually preferred their salad bar to the meat (and the salad bar was nothing to talk about!). They kept bringing inexpensive cut; meat was pretty much well done. I had to request the filet. After a while, Gaucho shown up with petite filet; the meat was very tough and I didn't like the marinade at all. It actually smelt like old or rotten piece of meat. I took one bite and just lost the appetite. Yep, pretty bad. I won't recommend Picanha to anyone.

                    2. Professor Salt Jul 9, 2006 05:10 AM

                      I'll also add Agora in Irvine for the Orange Countians. I enjoyed my lunch there very much.

                      1. d
                        Dave and Stuff Jul 9, 2006 05:58 AM

                        I have eaten at Fogo de Chao twice before, and really enjoyed it, but last week went to Picahna in Burbank for Mom's birthday.

                        The salad bar paled in comparison to Fogo, but the meats were exaclty as good in most cases, and even better than others in other cases. Plus, Picahna is about half of what we paid at Fogo.

                        Good service, and great caiparhinias.

                        1. b
                          briskettburger Feb 13, 2009 09:15 AM

                          I've been to FDC numerous times, second to none. M-grill(wilshire/western) is also very good(surprisingly inexpensive < $20/lunch) , samba(redondo beach) was also tasty. Haven't been to porto allegre or by brazil yet, however, I would definitely not recommend Greenfield<--only went to the one they have in LB, cuts of meat were poor, took forever to get some service, yeah the salad bar is probably the best out of all the churrascaria's(at least those I've been to) however, I'm not there for the salad bar, couldv'e went to hometown buffet/sizzler for that

                          1 Reply
                          1. re: briskettburger
                            Foodandwine Feb 13, 2009 09:36 AM

                            There is always Brasa in Culver City around $15 for AYCE at Lunch with a small cold and hot buffet. pretty good for the price. Nope Very Good for the price!!

                            Brasa Brasil Grill
                            10022 Venice Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

                          2. c
                            ceviche Feb 13, 2009 11:03 AM

                            you should search the LA board for brazilian bbq recs by streetgourmetLA, he seems to have a good understanding of the brazillian offerings in LA.

                            i went to Brasa Brasil Grill in culver city based on street's chowhound postings about it, and i have to say it was excellent.

                            the buffet items:
                            the hold/cold buffet probably doesn't have as many choices as pricier places (i've never been to Fogo, but i went to a similar place in phoenix) but every item that they do have on offer is tasty. my favorites from the buffet were the fried polenta, the fried yucca, all of the bean dishes, the cucumber cilantro salad, the hearts of palm, and the fried plantains.

                            the meats:
                            per street's info, i stayed away from the sausage/chicken meats and stuck to the good stuff. my favorites were
                            - the garlic beef, which has a very nice aroma and isn't overpowering with the garlic
                            - the picanha, but you have to specifically ask for seconds of that one
                            - the sirloin: the red/purple bloody inner part of the sirloin was AWESOME with a sprinkling of salt.

                            for $17/person for dinner it was a ridiculous bargain. they charge $5/bottle for wine corkage, so go to trader joes nearby and get a few bottes of a hearty red. awesome!!!

                            4 Replies
                            1. re: ceviche
                              Foodandwine Feb 13, 2009 12:06 PM

                              Ceviche,, thanks for descbing the experience. I concur with your write up. Fellow Chowhounds enjoy!!

                              1. re: ceviche
                                mdpilam Feb 14, 2009 10:57 AM

                                Does anyone know if you can bring beer since they don't serve alcohol? Do they charge for this? I did some searching and it looks like someone said they charged $2.50 a beer, which to me, seems ridiculous. I understand the $5 corkage fee.

                                1. re: mdpilam
                                  streetgourmetla Feb 14, 2009 05:58 PM

                                  I brought a six before they started charging without a problem.If they have a wierd thing about beer I would just bring wine.You're right $5 is a reasonable corkage fee and I'm content with that.If in doubt, just bring wine, or both and save the beer for later if they charge per bottle.No worries.

                                2. re: ceviche
                                  ceviche Feb 15, 2009 10:58 AM

                                  one more thing about Brasa Brasil: when we went they had a sign on the window that said $8.95 lunch specials. this might be worth checking out, especially if you don't want to stuff yourself silly for the buffet. has anyone tried those lunch specials?

                                  also if the $2.50/bottle corkage for beer is true that would just be weird. but, given the pretty cheap $5 corkage for wine, i wouldn't sweat it too much. i'm the furthest thing from a wine expert, but i think the richness of the beef they serve would go well with a dry, bold red wine.

                                3. streetgourmetla Feb 14, 2009 08:01 AM

                                  Churrascarias in The Los Angeles Area:

                                  The best-Fogo de Chao
                                  Economical and great-Brasa Brasil Grill
                                  Non-rodizio(all you can eat)por kilo service-Pampas Grill, beloved by many local Brazilians for their sides.There are about 5 cuts of meat available.

                                  Fun showplace to take your mom or relative from out of town-Gaucho's Village(I like hangin' at the bar here for caipirinhas.

                                  Mid-price range-By Brazil,Porto Alegre,Ummba, Agora,Amazon,Roda Viva,M Grill

                                  Places I don't like-Picanha, Espeto's, and Greenfield

                                  1. Kitchen Queen Jul 26, 2009 09:25 PM

                                    Took a drive today and landed the the old part of Farmer's Market. Found ourselves at Pampas Brazilian Grill. Quite pleaed with the whole thing. 27$ for two! Food was awesome. I ate the salads and fish stew. He had the sirloin cap and lamb. So yum we'll make the effort to go again, soon. Anyone been to the Culver City location?? Is it just as great? :)

                                    2 Replies
                                    1. re: Kitchen Queen
                                      streetgourmetla Jul 26, 2009 10:28 PM

                                      Pampas in the Farmer's Market is awesome.The Culver City location is even better, more cuts of meat, I believe seven, and more buffet items.Beer and wine, too.

                                      1. re: streetgourmetla
                                        Kitchen Queen Jul 27, 2009 11:15 AM

                                        Thanks for the reply - I'm going to make the effort to go to the C.C. location!!!

                                    2. DrBruin Jul 27, 2009 07:15 AM

                                      I personally think Fogo is THE best Brazillian BBQ in LA but it's probably the priciest by far.

                                      For completeness sake, there are a couple of other Brazillian BBQ buffets and some non-buffet Brazillian restaurants.

                                      1. Samba in Redondo - I haven't been. I've seen mostly tepid reviews. I hear they have entertainment on the weekends.

                                      2. By Brazil - A small Brazillian BBQ place. The chef/owner was very nice. The food was okay to good. I found it took too long for them to come around with the cuts of meat that I most enjoy.. They had cashew fruit juice, which I found interesting.
                                      1615 Cabrillo Ave
                                      Torrance, CA 90501

                                      Not really the BBQ Buffet, but they are Brazillian.
                                      3. Silvio's - Smaller Menu. No wandering skewers of meat.

                                      4. Bossa Nova - I've eaten there and thought it was mediocre.

                                      Show Hidden Posts