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BirthdayBoy wants best L.A. Churrascarria

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My nephew will be celebrating his birthday and the family wants to treat him right. He's hankering for Brazilian Churrascarria. Fogo de Chao is fine, but he's hoping to find something even more authentic. Does anybody have a favorite?
Sassille

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  1. Gauchos Village in Glendale. The meats are delicious, lots of sides, and loads of fun--on weekends they have a band (sometimes a little too loud), dancers, plus some people get up to dance and everyone just has a blast.
    http://gauchosvillage.com/

    1. gaucho's is decent, i'm not sure it's as authentic (their selection of meats is pretty small)
      Greenfield is pretty good too, but not as nice, and bit far away.

      1. I'd go with Gauchos Village myself. Picanha in Burbank isn't bad, but it's much saltier, more expensive, and harder to get round. But those pao de queijo... *salivate*

        1. Gauchos...it is so dark in there at dinner time, difficult to see the food. Bring your own candle!
          Otherwise, I like it :)

          CatHair

          1. Fogo is pretty darn authentic, given that it's a chain that started in brazil...
            that being said, i'm a fan of Amazon BBQ in fullerton (probably out of your way). meat was great, best Costela (beef ribs) i've ever had at a churrascaria, and my 2 brazilian friends were chatting up several of the servers in portugese.
            stay away from greenfield (everything tastes exactly the same and is way too salty).
            picanha has good meat, but very little variety.