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Midwest Grill vs. Green Field: Which is the best Churrascaria?

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InmanSQ Girl Apr 18, 2007 12:54 PM

This is actually a question I have been trying to get answered for ages. If you have been to both (I've only been to Midwest Grill), can you honestly answer the following:
1. Leaving price out of the discussion, how do the meats compare in terms of quality, flavor, and tenderness (i.e. is one more fatty, overly salted, and dry versus the other)?
2. Leaving selection out of the discussion, how do the sides compare in terms of quality, flavor, and preparation (i.e. who cares if there are 20% more or less dishes if those dishes are poorly made)?
3. Is the price difference for dinner ( $18 versus $23 last time I checked) worth it?

I have heard a lot of people claim Green Field is better because it is cheaper and has more stuff, but when I get them talking, they start to complain about the meat quality and can't think of any side that stands out are really good. I'm in Cambridge, so I don't want to treck to Allston to save $5 if the food isn't that different / better.

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    Ang223 Aug 14, 2007 08:15 AM

    I went to Midwest grill for the first time and had such a bad time that I will not go back. It was not busy in there and we never got a lot of food. I was starving when I left and not happy about what I paid either. I explained to a manager that no one came over with any of the food and her got mad at us and acted like it was my fault. Is Green Field better? I am afraid to try places like this after this expierence

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      desuka Aug 14, 2007 08:34 AM

      Hopefully someone else can confirm, but I think Green Field is closed. I thought I saw a sign in it saying it had been purchased by "Shabu Zen, Inc." This was a few weeks ago.

      I also tried Midwest Grill for the first time on a busy Saturday night a few weekends back. After waiting an hour for seats (after being quoted a 20-min wait time), we got seats in the main room (the better room for meat traffic). Had a great time -- loved the short ribs and I have to admit, the garlic bread. Who eats bread at an all-you-can-eat meat place? It was that good.

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        hiddenboston Aug 14, 2007 08:43 AM

        I hadn't heard that Green Field was closed, but I just went on their site and the Allston location had been deleted from their Locations page.

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          BarmyFotheringayPhipps Aug 14, 2007 11:41 AM

          Green Field is indeed closed. They never had a chance: low quality, high price, in a neighborhood that already has the adequate Cafe Belo and my beloved Cafe Brazil.

          Also, it was simply too big. It was an enormous, cavernous space that was very poorly lit, and even if the place was relatively busy, it felt empty and off-putting.

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            C. Hamster Aug 14, 2007 11:43 AM

            Too bad. That was a pretty good place for the $$.

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            gourmaniac Aug 21, 2007 05:39 AM

            That would be great. I like Shabu Zen a lot and it would be nice to have a hot pot place in the neighborhood.

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              Allstonian Aug 21, 2007 05:58 AM

              I think it gets overlooked a lot, but there is already one hot pot place in the neighborhood - Shabu Village, on Harvard Street in Brookline.

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              Shabu Village
              417 Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02446

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          ylt Apr 22, 2007 10:37 AM

          I went to Midwest once a few years ago, and thought it was OK but not spectacular. Since then, I've been to Green Field twice, which I enjoyed (although a little rich and salty for my taste) and not a bad deal considering all the food you get. I liked those little cheese-y rolls! (that was my big discovery) I don't know if there is a reason for you to trek all the way over from Cambridge when Midwest is right there, though -- I don't think one is clearly better than the other.

          1. C. Hamster Apr 20, 2007 08:35 AM

            We went to Green Fields last Saturday and we thought it was good. I had expected more variety in the meats, however. Lots of steak. The hot sides were quite good, the cold sides a bit underwhelming. The sushi scared me a bit, frankly, and didn't try it.

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              Johnresa Apr 20, 2007 09:14 AM

              Hey....lol...I was at Green Field on Saturday too. Truly enough I expected more meat options too. I loved the hot entrees. The sushi was okay(not the mango, creamed cheese, or canned tuna kind...lol). The cold sides,,,whoa...I would rather not.

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                C. Hamster Apr 20, 2007 09:31 AM

                Ha Ha. Small world. Were you part of the birthday party? That looked fun.

                When I do sushi I want them to make it right in front of me, not having it sit out like that. I think someone at my table did try a CA roll or something though.

                The cold sides seemed very blah. I didn't see any hearts of palm salad -- just a bowl full of canned hearts of palm, which I did eat cause I love them. Otherwise, it seemed to lack the type of prepared salads and cold dishes you come to expect and was more like a big salad bar with tubs of plain stuff.

                We did dig the meat though.

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                  Johnresa Apr 20, 2007 11:54 AM

                  No I was not part of the party. They had just got done setting that up when I was getting ready to leave. Yeah their cold sides are pretty blah. I only eat the hot peppers they have...jalapenos I believe. Other than that I steer clear of them. I did try hearts of palm for the 1st time that day though and I liked them. I also tried rabbit for the 2nd time...better when my grandmother made it.......:-)

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                    C. Hamster Apr 20, 2007 12:00 PM

                    Were you a party of 6 or so? Eating a bit early? No that I'm nosy .... :-)

                    We ate a bunch of the jalapenos because they did look really fresh and good.

                    They had rabbit that night? We were not offered any, so maybe they ran out. We were offered sirloin steak, skirt steak, beef kabobs, pork kabobs, lamb kabobs, chicken wrapped in bacon, chicken legs and ribs.

                    A bit salty, but I like it that way.

                    The Brazilian beer was good!

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                      Johnresa Apr 20, 2007 12:47 PM

                      Nope just me and my sister. I tried most of the meats. I like the saltiness of the meats...not that I use that much at home....lol.

                      I am surprised there was any chicken wrapped in bacon left...I love them and I ate plenty :-)

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                        C. Hamster Apr 20, 2007 01:32 PM

                        One of my dining companions ate about 6 of them. They were good.

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              GaryLovesFood Apr 20, 2007 04:17 AM

              1. Midwest Grill is better for meat quality, salty but in a good way. Having said that, I still think it jumped the shark about 6 years ago. Since then, quality has gone down while prices have gone up.
              2. Sides are about the same.
              3. I'd rather pay an extra $5 and go to Midwest for the difference in quality, but note that the free parking lot at Green Field could mean more savings. Unfortunately, at either place, you're paying for variety, quantity and spectacle more than the quality of the food.

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                lexpatti Apr 19, 2007 03:30 PM

                I've been to Midwest Grill, not to Green Field but to a couple in Lowell Ma and no joke, if you are heading north through Manchester NH - I love Goucho's the best!! It's on Lowell St. across from Red Arrow Diner - It's really awesome - much more selections then any places I've been (even salmon cart), an excellent salad/side bar, and side dishes to share at the table, entertainment on certain nights and not dry salty as I've had in others. Nice ambiance too, white table clothes, not cramped, very comfortable, not loud. I know this comment belongs on New England but wanted to comment since I've been to Midwest & in case you're traveling north and love churrascaria like I do. Shouldn't miss it.

                1. chowciao Apr 19, 2007 06:19 AM

                  I've been to both - Midwest on a busy night and Green Field on a quiet night. I thought the meat at Midwest was really salty compared to Green Field, and I thought the quality of the meat to be about the same at both. As for the sides, the quality of Midwest slightly edged out Green Field. It was fresher (perhaps because of high turnover?). Their collard greens were some of the best I'd had - go figure. Green Field's sides were okay, though...to me it's a toss up, and I'd go w/whichever was closer to me.

                  1. BarmyFotheringayPhipps Apr 18, 2007 10:40 PM

                    I love, love, love churrascarias. I live about four blocks from Green Field. I've been once. That pretty much says it all. I really can't recommend it.

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                      jonship Apr 18, 2007 01:04 PM

                      I've been to both. Midwest is better for both 1 and 2 above, and the trip to Green Field is certainly not worth it to save $5.
                      Green Field has Sushi. Why is that?

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                        anj Apr 18, 2007 09:46 PM

                        lots of churrascarias in brazil serve sushi as part of the buffet selection. totally normal! how is the sushi at green field?

                        i've been to midwest grill only once, but was disappointed in the quality of both the meat and the sides. (for the same price, i'd go for a steak at aquitaine!)

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