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Brazilian & Portuguese BBQ Coming Soon to Matawan

DJMarilyn Jul 8, 2008 06:45 PM

On Main Street across from the train station, a new BBQ joint is “Coming Soon”. It’ll be situated in the middle of the building between the cleaners and dog groomer. There are a few big signs on the store front windows; one practically yells “Matawan BBQ“, another proclaiming “Brazilian & Portuguese BBQ“, and another with a list of the types of foods that will be available.

No word on opening date. There’s a number, too, on one of the signs, but the light turned green and I didn’t have a chance to write it down.

I’m excited. I love BBQ. I don’t have much experience with Brazilian or Portuguese BBQ, but I’ve always wanted to try. I hope it opens before the end of the summer! Stay tuned.

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    RGR Jul 8, 2008 07:52 PM

    Sounds as though this will be Brazilian rodizio, i.e., a churrascaria with a humoungous salad bar and meats paraded around on skewers. There have been two in this area of NJ in the not-too-distant past. One was on Route 35, in Eatontown, and lasted a few years, Another one opened on Route 9, in Manalapan, and quickly failed. (That location is now a Russian restaurant.) In my view, this type of restaurant is the most fun when you go with a large group. It will be interesting to see if this one succeeds.

    1. dani0622 Jul 9, 2008 08:19 AM

      Hey Marilyn,

      I haven't tried it, but my mother says there is a Portuguese BBQ place on 35 in Aberdeen somewhere. Sorry, don't know the name or if any good.

      Dani

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        aacharya Jul 9, 2008 10:41 AM

        It is where Fun Time America is, across from the catering hall and the self-storage location.

        Nice to see fellow 07747s on here...

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          JCucc Nov 19, 2008 12:44 PM

          That place is simply called "Portuguese BBQ." I have eaten at both and like Matawan better.

      2. angelo04 Jul 10, 2008 08:57 AM

        This is a welcome addition, hopefully it will be good. At least it's not another "new" Italian place.

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          Libramama Aug 2, 2008 04:43 PM

          While Matawan Barbeque is not a "Brazilian rodizio" the food is very good and the service is friendly. It is a BYO so this cuts down on expense. I would get rid of the florescent lighting and exchange the LCDs for some authentic mood setting music. Over all a welcome addition to Downtown Matawan and a pleasant change of pace for local dining. Enjoy!!

          1. DJMarilyn Aug 2, 2008 07:45 PM

            I agree with Libramama, the food is good and service was helpful and friendly.

            I went in last Wednesday night. I walked in around 8:30 and ordered to go. The place was about half filled, so I was served right away. During my short wait I checked the place out. There are 12 tables, so it can accommodate a small family or group. There are a variety of soft drinks and other beverages in drink cases. I chose a brand of diet Brazilian soda called Gurana (in a can). It was tasty!

            I ordered the half BBQ chicken with yellow rice and beans. The portions were quite generous and everything was tasty. Prices are extremely reasonable. There are soups, salads, appetizers, barbeque combo’s, entrees (beef, chicken, pork), and fish/seafood (shrimp, salmon, cod). My platter was only $7.50. The most expensive item on the menu is a whole Grilled or Boiled Cod Fish (Bacalhau) at $18.00. I hope to try them again before I move.

            FYI: I overheard the server say they are looking for more help, both in the kitchen and also more servers. So if you or someone you know is looking for a job, either call them or walk in. Here’s their number: 732-242-9946

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            1. re: DJMarilyn
              wench31 Aug 3, 2008 08:21 AM

              Do you know if they take credit or cash only?

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                JCucc Nov 19, 2008 12:42 PM

                They take both cash and credit.

            2. Sam Fujisaka Aug 2, 2008 08:17 PM

              "Brazilian & Portuguese BBQ" doesn't make sense. Another two countries separated by a common language.

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                JCucc Nov 19, 2008 12:43 PM

                Although the menu is fairly small, they offer both Brazilian and Portuguese style dishes.

              2. njchowgal Nov 20, 2008 12:33 PM

                Rio 22 in Union has a great rodizio (skewered meats sliced at your table). If I remember correctly, they brought around 7 different meats and also had a super-premium salad bar, including black beans to die for. They also offer a regular menu and sushi. The special lobster roll is my favorite.

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