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BRAZILIAN RESTAURANT

JEN10 Feb 16, 2008 01:57 PM

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.

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    polarcyclone RE: JEN10 Feb 16, 2008 04:46 PM

    My fave is Agora in Irvine.

    1. ipsedixit RE: JEN10 Feb 16, 2008 07:25 PM

      Wood Spoon

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        mlgb RE: JEN10 Feb 16, 2008 08:06 PM

        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.

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        Green Field Churrascaria
        5305 E Pacific Coast Hwy, Long Beach, CA 90804

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          Clinton RE: mlgb Feb 17, 2008 09:41 AM

          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.

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            mlgb RE: Clinton Feb 17, 2008 09:57 AM

            No more rabbit anyways. They did have little half quail. I remember beef rib, a couple cuts of sirloin, the rib eye, some seasoned beef pieces, skirt steak (my favorite), lamb, a chicken thigh, bacon-wrapped turkey.

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              justagthing RE: Clinton Feb 20, 2008 06:14 PM

              they also have a great stewed tongue...but that was a couple of years ago since I have been so I don't know if it is still on the buffet section.

          2. J.L. RE: JEN10 Feb 17, 2008 01:37 AM

            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
            www.fogodechao.com

            FYI: BY THE WAY, TYPING IN ALL UPPER CASE IS AKIN TO SCREAMING AND CAN BE CONSTRUED AS QUITE RUDE BY SOME....

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              AGENT FOODIE RE: Carnivore Feb 17, 2008 03:17 AM

              i like silvios bbq in harbor city. the only downside is that since they do catering and are very popular their restaurant is only open to the public thursday and fridays until they open their new restaurant. i do like greenfield though.

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                carln RE: J.L. Feb 17, 2008 08:43 AM

                I found Fogo de Chao to be marginally better than Greenfields, at literally twice the cost. I will take Greenfields any day of the week.

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                  Servorg RE: carln Feb 17, 2008 08:49 AM

                  Fogo is a good deal at lunch ($32 pp).

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                    JEN10 RE: Servorg Feb 17, 2008 08:55 AM

                    I am going to try out Greenfields, as I am closer to Long Beach. I am really looking forward to it, thanks for the feedback!
                    Jennifer

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                      mlgb RE: JEN10 Feb 17, 2008 09:13 AM

                      One item to skip is the brisket. The two at my table who tried it didn't think it was worth the "tummy space". Everything else was good.

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                        SIMIHOUND RE: mlgb Feb 17, 2008 09:15 PM

                        Picanha in Burbank at Third and Palm is good. Not as good as Fogo but it is also cheaper.

                        http://www.picanharestaurant.com/inde...

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                          mlgb RE: SIMIHOUND Feb 18, 2008 08:01 AM

                          The friends who treated me usually go to Picanha and think the salad bar and sides are much better at Green Field.

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                        justagthing RE: JEN10 Feb 20, 2008 06:15 PM

                        Please make sure to let us know how your experience was/is.

                2. streetgourmetla RE: JEN10 Feb 20, 2008 12:11 PM

                  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.

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