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Fogo De Chao?

willie 2 Jan 25, 2008 01:48 PM

Has anybody been to Fogo de Chao by the Inner Harbor? I heard some great things about the food, but also that it was pretty "active" and chaotic with the wait staff. Thanks-

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    Wangus RE: willie 2 Jan 25, 2008 02:00 PM

    There's a good thread about FdC in the chains section: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/481596

    I've been to the one in the inner harbor twice now, once for lunch and once for dinner. Both were fun experiences. Experiences is the important word here, because you're greatly paying for the experience of having these 'gauchos' bring large slabs of meat over to your table to cut.

    The decor is very nice: clean and with great lighting. The service on both cases was excellent - extremely attentive, very helpful despite the "chaos" (and yes it is quite chaotic at times and you are seated fairly tightly sometimes). Don't be afraid to ask your waiter to direct some specific type of meat your way. As for the food, it ranges from bad to great; the nice thing is that you can focus on the great and leave the bad in the dust. I personally found all the chicken to be pretty awful, while all the lamb was pretty fantastic. The beef cuts vary - though on the whole are better the rarer you take them.

    It IS expensive ($45 for dinner if I recall). However, if you and whoever you plan on going with (the more is definitely the merrier) are meat-lovers, then I think you'll have a grand time.

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      marylandhawg RE: Wangus Jan 25, 2008 02:01 PM

      your analysis is spot on.

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        daveinmd RE: Wangus Jan 25, 2008 05:25 PM

        Just note that the quality can vary from visit to visit. The first time I went the beef rib and house sirloin (caprinha?) were sublime, while the second time it was only so-so while the lamb chops really shone.

        Lunch is much cheaper than dinner (something like $27), and has the same menu.

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          jkosnett RE: daveinmd Jan 25, 2008 05:48 PM

          Picanha, I think you mean, for the steak. Caipirinhas are cocktails made with cachaca, Brazilian rum.

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            tennisgal1206 RE: jkosnett Jan 25, 2008 05:55 PM

            The Picanha was incredible when I was there ... the chicken and the sausage left much to be desired. The lamb was memorable as well.

            Wangus is right - it is much better with a larger group....'experience' is a great way to describe it. Enjoy.

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          jimmitch923 RE: Wangus Apr 23, 2008 10:37 AM

          Well said. In short it's a fun experience that you need to be in the mood for...and make sure you're hungry for meat.

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          few RE: willie 2 Apr 20, 2008 11:10 AM

          We went down to Baltimore 2 weeks ago and stumbled across Fogo whilewalking around the waterfront.

          We decided on it for dinner - I had been to a Brazilian steak house before , so I thought we would all have fun. It did not disappoint.

          We got there around 7 - so it was still early and got a nice table in the rear section - where it had not filled up yet.

          There were 4 of us - one a picky eater and even she enjoyed the food and the wait staff. All the meat they brought around was exceptional - exc the chicken - it had no flavor and was dried out.

          THE LAMB CHOPS were my fav of the evening.

          The boys loved the non-stop beef.

          Worth every penny - but not some place you got regularly.

          Their Caipruihanas are AWESOME!

          By the time we left around 8:45- the bar crowd was growing and the crowd was definitely getting younger .

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            GalwayGirl RE: few Apr 22, 2008 07:19 PM

            I went once, and will not go back. I made reservations at least 3 weeks in advance. We were there before our reservation time, and were made to wait 45 minutes after the reservation time. There was no apology, no explanation, no comped drink/appetizer nothing. The price was WAY to high - about $170 per couple, and that only included 5 drinks for the table (5 total, not per person). For that kind of money, I'd much prefer The Capital Grille, Oceanaire or Tio Pepe. The service was chaotic, and the meat was very salty.

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              MikeR RE: GalwayGirl Apr 23, 2008 04:27 AM

              Well . . . you know, even a small cheeseburger and fries at 5 Guys is over six bucks these days. The drinks were probably around $10 each, and the meal is close to $50. They do use salty marinades in that style cooking.

              No excuse for bad service though. Usually those places are bustling with servers offering you more than you can put on your plate at any time. Must have been a tough night. It happens. But what you got is all they have, so if you don't care for the saltiness, you have a good reason not to return.

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                few RE: GalwayGirl Apr 23, 2008 06:45 AM

                I HATE salt and all things salty!

                And I loved my meat there that night and I am not a beef lover - but the LAMB was out of this world....

                Sounds like the gods were not with you that night.

                Then again we went before the crowds started and our service was exemplary!

                Next time if you want a comp for your inconvenience - pull the restaurant manager over to the side and quietly explain your dismay - they usually will get the hint and send over a round of drinks.....

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