Fogo de Chão
, a churrascaria (Brazilian steakhouse) known and loved globally, was founded in 1979 in Porto Alegre, Brazil, and expanded into the U.S. in 1997 (they chose Dallas for their first U.S. location). In a full circle kind of fashion, the upscale Brazilian restaurant chain recently opened a new location on the ground floor of One Uptown
in Dallas. I know you've been dining at their Addison location for years, but this new spot is absolutely captivating and the staff so attentive and kind. It's definitely worth a visit, whether to check out their newly introduced happy hour, to sample their weekend brunch, or to experience Fogo the tried and true way.
The famous salad bar at Fogo de Chão makes a gorgeous centerpiece to the space, which also offers private dining spaces, a welcoming bar area, and huge patio.
|Sprawling Market Table|
At Fogo de Chão, it's truly all about the meat. The restaurant started fire-roasting high quality meats using a centuries-old Southern Brazilian cooking technique called "churrasco", which they're now famous for mastering. Fogo is a meat lover's paradise, featuring a table-side parade of fire-roasted, seasoned meats that are carefully cooked to expose the natural flavors of the proteins.
The other thing Fogo is known for is the elaborate spread at their Market Table and Feijoada Bar, which boasts a number of seasonal salads, soup, veggies, feijoada (a traditional black bean stew mad with rice, orange, and yuca flour), plus so much more. I instantly had my eye on the smoked salmon and cheeses when I visited the Market Table.
|Smoked Salmon and Charcuterie for days|
|Cheese on the salad bar? SO IN|
Back at the table, choose from their large selection of beer, wine, and cocktails, then sit back, relax, and get ready for a treat.
|One of their Brazilian-inspired cocktails|
|We've ordered this at Brazilian steakhouses for as long as I can remember!|
Something I wasn't aware of in all the years I'd been dining at Fogo was that they have appetizers. I always thought the generous Market Table was teaser enough, but I learned on this visit they serve shrimp, either served warm or chilled, to start you on your way.
|Garlic Shrimp Appetizer|
Southern Brazilian side dishes pão de queijo (warm cheese bread), crispy hot polenta, garlic mashed potatoes, and caramelized bananas are all served warm to the table, family style. (Disclaimer: I do not "family style" the pão de queijo. That hot cheesy deliciousness is mine all mine.)
|One of my favorite things: pão de queijo (warm cheese bread)|
When you're ready to embark on your entree adventure you just turn the red circle card from red, to green, and let the meat procession begin. There are 6 variations of steak. My favorites are the house special Picanha (the prime part of the top sirloin, seasoned with rock salt and sliced thin) and the filet. The Gauchos also bring around selections of chicken, pork, and lamb. You can choose how you like your meat prepared and they'll get it just for you!
|one of the friendly Gauchos|
|All you can eat meat, carved table-side|
|Pro tip: tell them to bring you ALL OF THE SAUCES|
Should you actually have room left after your salad and meat extravaganza, Fogo de Chão does offer a selection of desserts.
If you're ever looking for a more casual way to experience Fogo, be sure and stop by for their new Happy Hour with Bar Fogo
. Bar Fogo was created just for this purpose. During happy hour at the bar and patio areas, you can enjoy smaller, shareable plates with a variety of craft cocktails and a glass from their award-winning wine list.
Fogo de Chão Uptown is located at 2619 McKinney Avenue, Suite 150 in Dallas.
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