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Leblon Churrascaria (Greensboro NC)

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Yesterday was our 2nd wedding anniversary, and having had the desire to try this place out for a while now, we finally decided to take the plunge.

All I have to say is a great big "WOW!!!!" The food was great, service exquisite, and ambience very pleasing.

I resolved early on not to have too much salad, as my focus was clearly on the amount of meat I was going to have. The pasta salad with bowties, feta cheese, and tomatoes was delicious, but the best part of my opening course was a hot dish called Moqueca de Salmao: according to their website, it's "Free salmon with red and green peppers in a tomato broth with cilantro." It is absolutely one of the best broths I have ever had. The salmon was cooked to perfection. I could imagine throwing some linguini noodles into it and having that for a meal on its own.

Now, the meat.........

It's my understanding that a true traditional Brazilian Churrascaria meal has all the same meats, so while there may be some variation between restaurants serving this fare, it's generally the same. This restaurant offered the following:

Picanha: Special Cut From the Rump Roast
Alcatra: Full Top Sirloin
Fraldinha: Bottom Sirloin
Filet Com Bacon: Beef Tenderloin with Bacon
Picanha Com Alho: Rump Roast Cut with Garlic
Costela De Porco: Pork Ribs
Lombinho Com Queijo: Pork Loin with Parmesan
Sasichao: Pork Sausage
Pernil De Cordeiro: Leg of Lamb
Lombinho: Pork Loin
Coxa De Frango: Chicken Leg
Peru Com Bacon: Turkey Breast with Bacon

The ribs were ribs. Nothing overly spectacular about them, which isn't to say they weren't good. My sausage link was a bit overcooked, but my wife enjoyed hers.

The best items were easily the bacon-wrapped beef tenderloin, the rump roast cut with garlic, and the pork loin with parmesan (and I'm not even really a fan of cheese on my food!).

What I really like about this type of meal is that you can pace yourself. You get the little colored card that you can flip to red if you don't want the servers to come over just yet, and the second you flip it to green, you'll have servers coming up to you ready and eager to serve you those delectable cuts of meat.

With drinks and all (we don't drink liquor, but a good number of other patrons seemed quite happy with the bar), it came to just under $80. A little pricey, but considering I had a bowl of salmon, a full salad bar, and about 9 different cuts of meat, it was well worth it. Of course, I was practically useless the rest of the night. Our grand plans for dessert were shot.

So, Greensboro-area Chowhounds, if you're up for a splurge and a good time and you love your meat, have at it!

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Leblon Brazilian Steakhouse
4512 W Market St, Greensboro, NC 27407

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