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Brazil, the land of the mighty Amazon. It is the largest country in South America with a language that sounds like Spanish but not quite. Many people are unaware of the large beef production in Brazil, resulting in amazing steakhouses called “churrascaria.” Joining the restaurant scene in downtown is Fogo de Chao, bringing a typical South American churrascaria to America’s finest city.
The restaurant features a large salad buffet with an impressive, varied selection. For the unadventurous types, the usual American sides are also available- green salad mix, Ranch dressing, even potato salad. They are mixed in with Brazilian side dishes like marinated spicy peppers and an interesting take on an apple salad.
The service staff walks around with large, metal skewers of succulent meat. Lamb, filet mignon, chicken, sausage, and many other juicy, savory meat options. You can take as little or as much as you want. Warning: this is a lot of meat, leaving the most famished person satisfied. It is truly a carnivore’s heaven. If Brazil conjures images of spicy, exotic flavors, rest assured that the meat is lightly seasoned, showcasing the meat au naturale.
You can’t go on a culinary adventure to a Brazilian steakhouse and not drink the country’s most famous cocktail, caipirinha. It is fruity, refreshing, sweet and terribly addicting. Perfect for the sweet martini drinker or the sangria lover.
Fogo de Chao’s Signature Papaya Cream. Alone, it is soft, yogurty in texture with a strong papaya taste. When it is topped with a liqueur (not shown here), the balance of the flavors is wonderful. Note: papaya has long been recognized by homeopathic practitioners as having enzymes to help stomach digestion. This is great information, considering the extraordinary amount of food consumed.
Fogo de Chao
Address: 668 6th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: (619) 338-0500
Hours: Monday 11:30 am – 2:30 pm, 5:00–10:00 pm