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Fogo de Chao v. Grimpa

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mialebven Dec 21, 2008 07:45 AM

Since Fogo de Chao opened up in Miami Beach, I've heard reports that it's now de facto the prime churrascaria in Miami-Dade. However, in all of the comparisons I've seen (Texas de Brazil, Porçao, Maino, etc), I noticed nobody has yet compared it with Grimpa, which I thought was recommended as the top churrascaria in Miami-Dade before Fogo de Chao came over to Florida... so I'm wanting the Chowhound's opinions about Fogo de Chao in relations to Grimpa or the other churrascarias in Miami.

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  1. Mild Bill RE: mialebven Dec 21, 2008 08:15 AM

    I'm in Tampa, but I keep hearing Miami Hounds saying that Graziano's is way up there too... Some say best... Good luck...

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      LargeLife RE: Mild Bill Dec 21, 2008 08:41 AM

      I like Graziano's ALOT and have been going to the Bird Road location for more than a decade and have always enjoyed great food there....The service is a bit slow for gringos because South Americans eat / dine at a more relaxed pace and the service reflects that....but the meat is always top-notch....Important to note that Grazianos is not a 'Rodizio" style restaurant whenre the meat keeps coming until you cry "Uncle!"......

      I routinely entertain groups of customers at Texas de Brazil...both on Miami Beach and at the Dolphin Mall and have always had a very, very good experience.....And they really love repeat business offering fantastic discount coupons to their regular customers.....Always very good quality....and it's the rodizio style.....I haven't read much about Fodo de Chao on here....so can't comment.....Haven't dined at Grimpa and look forward to reading commentary.....But have dined at Graziano's and TdB on MANY occasions and have had solid experiences and would recommend.....

      EMac

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        Frodnesor RE: LargeLife Dec 21, 2008 10:55 AM

        Note that Grimpa and Fogo de Chao (and Texas de Brazil, and Porcao) are Brazilian churrascarias, while Graziano is Argentine parrillada.

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          Mild Bill RE: Frodnesor Dec 21, 2008 01:10 PM

          Ah, good to know guys....

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            LargeLife RE: Mild Bill Dec 21, 2008 05:00 PM

            Thanks for clearing that up Frod!!

            EMac

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              tpigeon RE: LargeLife Dec 22, 2008 07:45 PM

              I thought grimpa closed...

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                mialebven RE: tpigeon Dec 23, 2008 12:14 AM

                Ay, it did?!

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                  tpigeon RE: mialebven Dec 23, 2008 06:16 PM

                  I was wrong. Someone told me it did and I have not been to the mall in a while. They were wrong too. Just went to their website...Grimpa is open -- sorry about that.

                  I have not heard any comparisons between grimpa and fogo only tdb and from what I heard is people like Fogo's meat better and like the salad bar at tdb better. Take it for what it is worth. I have never eaten at fogo so I cant say first hand but these opinions I heard were from people whose judgement I trust.

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                    mialebven RE: tpigeon Dec 23, 2008 10:10 PM

                    Actually that was helpful - I was not aware that TdB's salad bar was better than Fogo's. At least I think you can have a view of Miami from TdB in South Beach, if I'm right and be able to eat outdoors? Something like that.... I'm trying to pick one or the other for a grandmother's 80th birthday in January. :-) I guess I should put TdB into the mix with Grimpa and Fogo for considieration. Price is not so much a factor.

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                      tpigeon RE: mialebven Dec 24, 2008 08:19 AM

                      Dont think you can eat out doors at tdb - but could be wrong - but you can definitely get a very good water view looking out over the bay

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                        LargeLife RE: tpigeon Dec 24, 2008 02:29 PM

                        I don't know that you'd really want to eat outdoors at TdB!....They do have smoking area outdoors....I've dined there several times and have never seen anyone eat outside....Not saying you can't....just haven't seen it done....I like to indoors where I can see my food well....but that's just me!!.....And the view of the Miami skyline from there is impressive....I haven't eaten Grimpas but was actually inside the restaurant this past week....they're open!....But for how long?.....I visited a friend's corporate Christmas party there and it was eerily empty....beside the party goers which numbered about 40......

                        EMac

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