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Nov 11, 2007 09:57 PM

Are Brazilian style Restaurants any good?

Have been to Brazil many times and enjoyed "Rodizio" style churrascos for the variety of meats and sausages that are available to taste - The key to enjoying them is to request small portions, be selective, and stick mostly to meat and green salads like the locals do, and stop when you had enough (before you feel you got more than your money's worth). With that in mind, and having seen lots of brazilian restaurants advertised and considering the excellent meat in Chicago , are there any that offer good quality meats , and if so, which is the best?

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  1. I don't know enough about Brazilian restaurants to be all that helpful, but I have had enjoyable meals at the Fogo de Chao locations in Houston and Dallas. You have one in Chicago that might saisfy your craving. Here's the link...

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    1. re: Tay

      We've been to Sal y Carvao in Downers Grove (or maybe Wheaton, anyway it's at Roosevelt Road and Finley Road) and liked it very much, although we tried to eat more than our money's worth and suffered a severe protein hangover. Be sure to try the parmesan-crusted pork loin. Sausages were great, too. Their salads and sides are excellent, but of course you want to concentrate on the meat! Your advice above is sagacious.

      1. re: MikeLM

        Well, you're way out of date. Sal y Carvao in Downers Grove closed quite a while ago and it is now re-opened as ZED, which has a similar format but with more variety, It is located not at Roosevelt and Finley, but at Butterfield Rd and Finley.

    2. The Fogo de Chao here isn't as good as the one I went to in Brazil but it's pretty close (just forget those foot-long prawns and some of the other seafood in the salad bar). It's also about $50 at dinner. I haven't tried Brazzaz but it looks good and has a $20 lunch special going on.

      The place I want to try is Al Primo Canto on Devon. I've seen several really good reviews of the place, and its all-you-can-eat deal is $30 instead of $50.

      1. I have been to Fogo de Chao seven or eight times, to Brazzaz twice, and once to Sal y Carvao before it closed. I think the meat is best at Fogo but Brazzaz offers greater variety of other foods in addition to meat (seafood, hot dish buffet, grilled pineapple). Brazzaz often sends coupons and special deals in the mail but Fogo seems to do well enough that it doesn't have to. Lunch costs about half the price of dinner. I noticed a new Brazilian place going up Near North, possibly on Ohio---does anybody remember exactly where the newcomer is?