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Fogo de Chao

Headed here on Saturday...any advice? I've spent some time in Brasil and love the little cheese breads, do they measure up here? Also, do they have farofa at the salad bar?

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  1. the salad bar has a great selection. I do like the little cheese breads, but can't compare them to anything. my advice is to read the menu & make sure you've tasted what you want as sometimes they might not bring something around- they will get anything you request. Some people tend to only go for what comes around.

    1. I think strategy is important at Fogo - you want to make sure you pace yourself so you have enough stomach capacity to enjoy everything. I love the little cheese breads, but have never been to Brasil, so can't really compare. I tend to go lite on the salad, usually just enjoying a small plate of tomato and mozzarella with some light olive oil, salt and pepper, so that I can save more room for the main event - the parade of meat. My personal favorites are the sirloin sliced thin (it has such a salty flavor to it - LOVE it), the filet mignon nedallions, and the bacon wrapped chicken breast. My husband also loves the ribs. I suggest trying a little bit of every meat your first time around and then in subsequent visits, only partaking of those you know you like. That's what we do now - I don't care for their pork - so it never gets any of my stomach space!

      1. Yes, pace is important, even beyond the salad bar, to avoid loss of value due to premature bloat. Don't hestitate to turn the disk to the red side early in the proceedings -- the bearers of meat will be back.

        1. No farofa. (I don't mind because I don't like it, but my husband missed it.)

          1. Advice from my boyfriend---don't plan anything major for the rest of the day/night after eating. He said he was in a steak/protein/food coma afterwards and wanted to do nothing but sit on the couch and stare at the wall. :)

            Apparently the food is good but very overwhelming at times.

            1. Been to Fogo a few times, absolutely love it! My waiter phrased it best, "It's a marathon, not a print" Pace is key at this place you can eat till you literally explode, take your time try everything first, then go to town on your favs. Good luck and don't waste your time on the salad bar, with meat that good vegtables are an insult.

              1. My advice -- don't go. If you want Brazilian food, try the Grill From Ipanema in Adams Morgan. Far far better than meat on a stick in a chain restaurant. You might as well go to the Malibu Grill which is the same "meat on a stick" concept but cheaper.

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                1. re: Dakota Guy

                  I love the Grill From Ipanema. The food is delicious, the waitstaff is helpful and friendly, you can sit outside and people watch, and the drinks are delicious. (Plus its where my bf took me on our first real date...great spot for that!)

                  But its a totally different concept and type of food then Fogo...Brazilian yes...but completly different atmosphere.

                  1. re: Dakota Guy

                    Malibu Grill : Fogo de Chao
                    as
                    Sizzler : The Prime Rib

                    1. re: DanielK

                      hilarious DanielK. have to agree.

                      as far as Fogo goes, it's a fun event. you go to see how much meat you can stuff into your body. food coma sets in early, but you have to fight through it and eat every kind of meat that comes to your table. don't waste your time @ the salad bar, though it is great.