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Nov 15, 2007 04:50 PM

PENINSULA ALERT - Espetus to open in San Mateo!!

Did a board search, and didn't see anyone post this. So the missus, chowbaby and I took a stroller to downtown San Mateo for lunch today. We decided on Everyday Beijing as it'd been awhile since we had their cumin lamb, fish & chive dumplings & house-pulled chow mein (all were delish, as usual). On our walk back home along B St. towards 9th Ave., we walked by what is going to be the 2nd location of Espetus in the Bay Area!! It will be on B St. on the block between Santa Ramen & Everyday Beijing (across from Charlie's Taqueria). No timetable for when they were to open, and we were too stuffed/lazy to ask any of the tradespeople inside.

My better half was probably more excited about this development than I, since she has yet to try the SF location while I've been at least a dozen times for lunch & dinner. From a quick glance at the outside of the building, they won't be open until at least well into Q1 of '08.

Feel free to update this thread as a firmer opening date develops......

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  1. Nice to hear... I've been a few times myself and have always liked it. It doesn't get mentioned much, or favorably, on this board though.

    1. I am not a fan of the one in SF. I thought it was like cafeteria style tasting and what not.
      There must be a demand for this kind of food, I don't get it.

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      1. re: Lori SF

        Is there another Brazilian steakhouse you like?

        1. re: DezzerSF

          No and this place resembles nothing I ate in Brazil or South America.

        2. re: Lori SF

          I personally am not surprised that the meat, meat and more meat churrascaria ethos is not universally embraced in San Francisco.

          1. re: Xiao Yang

            Could be. Or it could be that it's the "meat for meat's sake" ethos that isn't well-received, since as other people have mentioned, the quality isn't that great and the salt levels are sky-high.

        3. Drove by the Espetus San Mateo location, and a quick glance told me they'll be opening their doors to the public soon from the looks of it. Hostess stand is up, and it looks like all the tables and lighting are in place in the dining area.

          I took my wife to the SF location for lunch a few months back, and her response to it was "eh". Hopefully the San Mateo location starts off alright, as we'll undoubtedly be going there for dinner with various groups of friends interested in having a week's worth of sodium intake in one

          I haven't been to Brazilian steakhouses in Brazil, but have been to several in Shanghai, China. Espetus beats those on quality, but the places in Shanghai were waaaaayyyyyyy better on price (about 1/3 the cost).

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          1. re: Eugene Park

            DH and I went a few days after they opened. We'd never been to a churrascaria and were curious. I was rather suprised by the $49.50++ (or was it $49.95 ++) flat charge--I guess I didn't expect it to be quite so high for a restaurant where the food isn't cooked to order--and by the total absence of any other ordering option.

            I've never been to South America, so I can't say whether meat is always served well-done, or pretty nearly so, but that was how it was, and I can't say I care for it. The cheese bread was very nice, and there was an extensive buffet of hot and cold dishes. The lamb chops were not bad, but the only thing I truly enjoyed was the feijoada, a visually unappealing black bean stew with melt-in-your mouth fatty pork and surprisingly tender, tasty sausage. I'd be back in a heartbeat to eat the feijoada--and only the feijoada--but not at $49++.

            1. re: pilinut

              Steakhouses in Argentina also serve beef well-done. At first I figured this was done so everyone could eat from the same hunk of meat, even those who are squeamish about red meat (similar to Indian buffets where the heat of the spices is reduced below normal). Later I noticed that when ordering individual cuts my Argentine friends always ordered medium or well-done. In fact they didn't even know of a word for "medium rare", though "medio, un poco rojo" got the job done.

              An odd side effect of eating huge amounts of meat and little else for a couple of weeks was that I woke up at night dreaming about the intense pleasure of eating a salad!

              If you're bored with massive quantities of steak at these places try the mixed grill for a great variety of flavors.

              Aside from steakhouses, can anyone recommend a Brazilian place in SF or the Peninsula with great feijoada at a reasonable price?

              1. re: charliemyboy

                There are some lesser priced churrascarias in the Bay Area such as Cleo's. Some, like Pampas also have dishes that can be ordered off the menu.

                You can request a cut from the center of the skewer which would not be as well done, but as mentioned it seems like Brazilians like their beef well-done.

                As to feijoada, the best I've tried to date is in the East Bay at Point Richmond at a place called 25 West.

                Here's a list of Bay Area Brazilian food that I know about. In there are a few more churrascarias and some places in SF and the penninsula serving feijoada. I'm not sure what is a reasonable price to you, but many of these Places have liinks to the website and menus.

                In SF, I've heard that Canto DO Brazil. I also have Samba Rooms on my list to try. The owners bring order some of their meat from Brazil.

                There are two places in South San Francisco
                - Caffe' D' Italia
                - Cafe Di Casa

                Of the two, I'm guessing Cafe Di Casa would be better. They don't lean as much to the Italian side of Brazilian food.

                AVP International Market in San Mateo has feijoada to go on the weekends.

                Manor Room Pizza in Pacifica has it and they are always advertising in the Brazlian newspapers.

                It is also served at Cybelle's Pizza in Daly City.

                All the SF and Peninsula places are on my to-try list feijoada-wise. Some I've eaten at, but never on the weekend so the feijoada wasn't on the menu.

                If you try any, hope you report back.

                Espetus Churrascaria
                710 South B Street, San Mateo, CA 94401

                1. re: rworange

                  If it's feijoada that you want, try Joao's Restaurant on Washington in Santa Clara. Don't go if you're looking for ambiance - this is a classic dilapidated greasy spoon. He makes his money serving breakfast and lunch to Santa Clara Univ. students. Lunch and dinner are Brazilian menu, including feijoada all week long.

                  Great feijoada, great collard greens, great fish, guarana, no bar. And Joao is a real character.

                  Disclaimer - my kids pictures are somewhere on the big wall of pictures.

                  1. re: 512window

                    Thanks. What else have you tried there?

                    Joao's Restaurant
                    57 Washington St, Santa Clara, CA 95050

                2. re: charliemyboy

                  I don't know if it's great - but it was definitely very good feijoada that was "take-out" from Mr. Pizza Man! My brother arrived from Portland, OR with the feijoada... $12 for the serving with rice, salad - it served three generously. I don't know when it's offered, maybe weekends only - or only on Saturdays?

                  Mr Pizza Man
                  3409 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94118

                3. re: pilinut

                  It's rodizio service at Cleo's in San Bruno - the meats are rare to well-done - juicy and not too salty, and the dinner is $19.95 per person for tri tip, brisket, top sirloin, beef with pepper, beef with garlic, pork, lamb, chicken and bacon, chicken hearts, sausages, chicken wings...with roasted pineapple and deep fried bananas — at lunchtime, only three meats are offered. The salad bar is fresh with interesting dishes on the buffet -
                  breads, lettuce, peas with corn, beets, okra, kale, chopped tomato, potato salad, deviled stew with olives, black beans, rice, yucca, beef stew not the usual
                  feijoada, farofa, chicken stroganoff ... desserts are offered on the menu and not included in the buffet - but you will leave the table in a food coma - Cleo's has their liquor license now and Caipirinhas are served at the bar - so they do have cachaca. We had a very nice time, service was friendly, and on a Wednesday evening at 6:30 pm we walked in without reservations.


                  1. re: Cynsa

                    sorry, it was delicious collard greens (not kale) on the buffet!

                    1. re: Cynsa

                      Thanks, Cynsa! I look forward to trying Cleo's in the near future. It would be even better with a few other hounds, don't you think?

                      1. re: pilinut

                        I always think rodizio, like buffets, don't need a few hounds ... unless for social reasons. Everything is available for one set price. There is live music on some nights at Cleo's.

                        Cleo's Brazilian Steak House
                        451 El Camino Real, San Bruno, CA 94066