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Texas De Brazil or Chima??

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umieesa Jan 9, 2012 11:44 AM

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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    pilches RE: umieesa Jan 9, 2012 03:19 PM

    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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      Linda VH RE: umieesa Jan 10, 2012 03:40 AM

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

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        ldkelley RE: umieesa Jan 10, 2012 06:19 AM

        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.

        http://www.areacode55.com/

        Enjoy!

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

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          umieesa RE: ldkelley Jan 10, 2012 10:29 AM

          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. Icantread RE: umieesa Jan 10, 2012 07:14 AM

          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.

          1. netmover RE: umieesa Jan 11, 2012 10:14 AM

            Wow funny you posted this! I was visiting a friend in Ft Lauderdale back in December who took me to Chima one night and Texas de Brazil the next! I thought Chima was better, he and his wife preferred TDB! Here's a quick run down of my experience. Chima is in a really cool spot with a Bayan tree canopy entrance on Las Olas Blvd. TDB is in kind of a strip mall on Sunrise Blvd. Inside ambiance goes to TDB. Salad Bar probably goes to TBD although it was very close. The actual Rodizio or Meat IMHO went to Chima hands down. After 2 straight days of Rodizio I contemplated going VEG! As for your kids, I think either one will be fine. TDB is a big chain, not sure about Chima, however I usually prefer Independents over chains. Be sure to try the Papaya Cream with Cassis for desert and a Caipirihna cocktail if you imbibe.

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              lulu1013 RE: umieesa Jan 11, 2012 12:52 PM

              I far prefer Chima to TdB in every way

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                umieesa RE: umieesa Jan 11, 2012 01:36 PM

                Thanks for all the replies so far. I think I'm probably going to pick Chima since it seems that Texas de Brazil has more locations and is easier to try in the future if we ever so desire, plus Chima seems to have the edge in terms of meat quality.

                Area code 55 has also sparked my interest now darn it...It would be about $20 less (total) for us to eat at Area code 55 so not a huge difference, but doesn't hurt to save where we can if there's not a huge quality difference. Anyone else try area code 55 as well?

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