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Jan 9, 2012 11:44 AM

Texas De Brazil or Chima??

Hi all,

Will be in Ft Lauderdale in 2 weeks and I had originally planned to eat at Chima since we haven't tried a Brazilian Rodizio before, but I saw that there's also a Texas de Brazil that's also opened in Ft Lauderdale. I've read mixed reviews on both, so I can't decide. I will be dining with my husband and our kids (10, 6, 1½), so I'm not sure if that helps with the decision. Is one a better atmosphere for taking kids along? Which one has the edge over the other? My husband is a carnivore, and while I do like meat I'm looking forward to the salad bar as well.

Any and all opinions are greatly appreciated!! TIA!

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  1. I have only been to Chima and can say it is very good. I don't know why it would get "mixed reviews" because I've never heard anything but positive about it. I don't normally do salad bars, but this one is amazing. The quality of the meat is also top-notch. From what I've heard about Texas de Brazil, it's more of a chain and lesser quality than Chima, but the price is also considerably less. Also, Chima, is more of an adult dining experience, so unless you go early and/or your kids are restaurant veterans, maybe TdB would be a better fit.

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      1. I have never been to Chima but LOVE Texas de - our 15 year old and his friends love the place as well!

        1. I much prefer Area Code 55 in Aventura. It is less expensive than Chima, but has higher quality than Texas de Brazil.

          I've seen kids in there several times.


          Area Code 55
          Biscayne Blvd, North Miami Beach, FL 33160

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          1. re: ldkelley

            More confused! lol

            Area code 55 looks good too...especially for the price! But I don't want to make my decision solely on price especially since it will be our first rodizio experience.

            Any other opinions?? Thank to everyone who's posted so far!

          2. I would not say that the rodizio is my go to meal. It used to be that I would make these restaurants cry uncle but nowadays that much meat turns my stomach (unfortunately). However, having been to both, I found the quality of food including the "salad bar", and the rotation and accessibility to the meats was a bit better at Chima than at past experiences in Texas De Brazil. if you've been to these and have had to hunt down the guy with filet or lamb, you know what I mean. They also used a lot less salt.