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Authentic churrasco.....and we don't mean Amazon Churrascuria...

jbeaux Oct 12, 2006 10:28 PM

From 1976-1981, my husband was a barefoot child of a missionary in the fringe towns of Sao Paolo, Brazil. His fondest memories are of sneaking beer at church socials and watching the beef rotate for hours on the spit, tended by the local blacksmith and butcher's wife. We've searched for years for that essential taste, what he remembers of authentic churrasco, to no avail. We're looking for the real deal, no matter how hole-in-the-wall (in fact, hole-in-the-wall would be great...). If you've been so fortunate as to stumble across this meaty ambrosia in your chowtravels, we'd be so happy to hear.

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    Chubbypanda RE: jbeaux Oct 12, 2006 11:05 PM

    I don't know how authentic it is, but I've heard nothing but good things about Agora Churrascaria from Brazilian ex-pats. It's about twice the cost of Amazon, though.

    Agora Churrascaria
    1830 Main St
    Irvine, CA 92614

    - Chubbypanda


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      monku RE: Chubbypanda Oct 13, 2006 12:09 AM

      I've been to Agoro Churrascaria and highly recommend it ($37 dinner) but I think its pretty far from being authentic and a hole-in-the-wall place. Owned by Asians related to the people who own Greenfield Churrascaria in W. Covina if that means anything.

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        jbeaux RE: monku Oct 13, 2006 05:55 AM

        Panda, my husband's tried Agora, says it's good--he especially likes the feijoada--but will have to ditto Monku, it's not the real thing. Far better than Amazon, though. Far.

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      SwissMiss RE: jbeaux Oct 13, 2006 08:58 AM

      My friend, who was managing the former Roda Vida/ObaOba is now managing Agora and HE is the real thing. I can easily imaging he is helping them "keep it real".
      BTW, Oba Oba may be dying off as the mall it is located in
      is undergoing a major change.

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        cls RE: jbeaux Oct 13, 2006 12:39 PM

        went here many years ago, I can't remember how the food was, maybe someone has been recently.
        Yolie's Restaurant
        2646 Dupont Dr, Irvine, CA 92715

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          mikester RE: cls Oct 13, 2006 04:21 PM

          Yolie's is long gone, it's now a Melting Pot (fondue).

        2. Das Ubergeek RE: jbeaux Oct 13, 2006 06:02 PM

          It's a shame Gauchos Village moved... the old location on South Brand was totally the hole in the wall... then they moved up to the 400s on North Brand and it's huge and not quite the same.

          Food's really, really good though -- and they put the pao de queijo on the buffet instead of bringing you a basket and making you pay for more (are you listening to me, Picanha??)

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            silvana RE: jbeaux Oct 13, 2006 06:24 PM

            Das Ubergeek, does Gauchos Village have a website?

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              Norm Man RE: silvana Oct 14, 2006 07:59 AM

              Yes, Gauchos Village does have a web site:


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              condiment RE: jbeaux Oct 13, 2006 07:00 PM

              By Brazil in Torrance is easily the funkiest of the churrascerias in town, frequented almost totally by Brazilians, and duplicates the feel of a neighborhood place in Sao Paulo. The flavors are direct; the grilling is accurate and good.

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                jbeaux RE: condiment Oct 15, 2006 08:37 PM

                By Brazil.. haven't heard of this one yet. Will definitely try it. Thanx.

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