Authentic churrasco.....and we don't mean Amazon Churrascuria...
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.
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.
1830 Main St
Irvine, CA 92614
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??)