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Traditionally, servers come to your table with a variety of grilled meats on a skewer, and after ascertaining your interest, slice you off a piece.
Most often the meats are quality cuts of beef, pork, chicken, and sausage.
And this can go on for as long until you want, or until you fall into a “meat coma” with a smile on your face.
This whole meat fest takes place after trips (as many as you like) to an upmarket salad bar, with a variety of salads, including build your own components, as well as cheese, deli meats, soups and more.
The star of the show, meat wise, is a favorite cut of Brazilians, but rarely touted in the US – a cut of sirloin called Picanha.
Other cuts include filet mignon, bacon wrapped chicken, Portuguese sausage (a personal favorite).
You may have heard about other restaurants like this, there are a couple of small chains in the US, but even as a stand-alone mom and pop
operation, Brazil Express puts the big guys to shame, for a couple of reasons: 1) my experience at the bigger places has been that it
was difficult to get your meat selections prepared to your preferred ‘doneness’ level.
Not so at Brazil Express, they explicity ask you what your preference is when seated, and the meat skewers that are presented to you by servers are done to your preference. 2) As much as I like being served food the way I prefer it, I also prefer a great value, and a guest check at Brazil Express is going to clock in at a good 33 – 40% less than the chains, depending upon the time of day and day of the week. SWEET.
Should you have a hankering for Brazil style roasted meats, but no time to dawdle, Brazil Express has a very reasonable “per pound” take out price.
The restaurant is located in a strip mall on Roselle Road in Schaumburg, near a Jewel/Osco, south of Schaumburg Road, and just north of Wise
Road, about a half mile north of IL Rte 390 Tollway.
If the idea of perfectly prepared quality beef in endless quantities appeals to you, be sure to check out Brazil Expres Grill in suburban Chicago. You’ll never go wrong supporting a locally owned and operated business. (These are not my photos, but from the restaurant’s website, an unusual move for me, but I was too busy EATING!)
Fogo (which means “fire” in Portuguese) should have a sign I saw on a restaurant recently in Kansas: “A Vegetarian’s Nightmare,” as Fogo is definitely a meat-lover’s delight.
Fogo was started by four brothers in Brazil, in the late 70s, and after achieving considerable success with several locations there, opened in Dallas in 1997.
With a set price menu for both lunch and dinner ($24.50/$38.50) you’ll get to eat meat until the cows come home: filet, sirloin, lamb, chicken, ribs, pork, and YES! Linguica, that wonderful Portuguese sausage. True Brazilian barbecue is simply a hot open fire, with skewered meat slow roasted to your preferred degree of doneness, generally without any seasonings or marinade (except a dash of salt). If we were in South America, the quality of the beef would speak for itself. In Dallas the presentation is similar and the quality is wonderful, but for those looking for imported South American beef will have to look elsewhere – the economies of our Latin neighbors aren’t permitting much export these days.
The drill here is simple, even for the first timer; gaucho-attired waiters prowl the room with long skewers of the different meats in one hand, and carving knives in the other. Diners indicate the state of their appetite by flipping over the coasters in front of them: Green means “I want meat,” and Red means “I’m resting.”
If you are in “Green mode,” the waiter will slice off a portion onto your plate. Sides include fries made from the yucca root, fried banana, black beans and rice, creamy mashed potatoes, and small, irresistible rolls.
That is, if you even have room for any of the mains or sides after grazing at the salad bar prior to dinner (included with dinner, but available separately at $19.50). In addition to the usual offerings, you’ll have the opportunity to stuff yourself on carpaccio, prosciutto, salamis, smoked salmon, fresh mozzarella, shitake mushrooms, and grilled peppers in a variety of colors.
Next time you are in “meat mode,” and you find yourself in Dallas, Houston, Atlanta …. And now Chicago….Forgo any other choice… ToGo Fogo.
Fogo de Chao