HAVE YOU BEEN TO ANY GREAT BRAZILIAN RESTAURANTS? THERE IS ONE LOCALLY (TORRANCE) AND THE MEATS ARE GOOD, BUT THE SIDES ARE A BIT BORING.
Do you mean the churrascaria type? I like Green Field in Long Beach. I was impressed with the sides as much as the meat (the skirt steak was really really good though). They had collards, feijoada, farofa and deep fried bananas, as well as a big range of buffet and salad items. I haven't seen a salad bar that nice in a long time. Of course they would probably like you to fill up on the salad bar instead of the meats.
I got treated so I'm not sure how much it was.
Green Field Churrascaria
5305 E Pacific Coast Hwy, Long Beach, CA 90804
Been to Greenfields many times and the food is good. They used to have crab legs a long time ago as well as oxtails but I think they discontinued that. Some of the meats are very good while some like the rabbit and other exotic stuff may be dry and coarse. The beef tenderloin was very juicy and tender though.
Pricewise, It's kind of pricey (around $25 a person) but then it's an all-you-can-eat meat lover's paradise. Go there hungry and get your money's worth and skip the salads. Gets crowded on weekends.
Okay, someone is bound to mention this, so I might as well be first...
Fogo de Chão in Beverly Hills, on La Cienega.
133 N. La Cienega Bl.
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
FYI: BY THE WAY, TYPING IN ALL UPPER CASE IS AKIN TO SCREAMING AND CAN BE CONSTRUED AS QUITE RUDE BY SOME....
For rodizio, Fogo de Chao is gets top honors and Brasa Brasil Grill is the best affordable churrascaria.Gaucho's Village is fun for groups with a cool Brazilian vibe.They even have Brazilian club nights on some weekends after the restaurant stops serving.
We also like Pampas Grill in the Farmer's Market for their "por kilo"(by the kilo-the food is weighed) service, just like in Brazil.It's a great way to have some picanha and alcatra without having to eat 'til you drop.
Woodspoon offers a variety of delicious Brazilian dishes prepared by Natalia, a wonderful chef and person from the state of Minas Gerais.
Cafe Brazil, the original, has some hits and misses, but is a great hang during the summer.Their feijoada is OK, and their "prato feito" is solid."Prato feito" are filling plates of a sizable portion of meat, rice, beans,plantains, and a salad.These are under the "fresh from the grill" section of their menu.