Texas de Brazil: A Festival of Meats

If you’re not yet familiar with the concept of churrascaria, you are likely a vegan, or perhaps someone who’s been living under a rock for the last ten years. It’s a Brazilian-style barbeque feast, featuring what can only be described as a festival of meat. As it’s been implemented in the States by groups like Texas de Brazil and Fogo de Chão, gaúchos dressed in traditional garb bring you meat after meat after meat after meat after meat until you inadvertently explode, or you turn over the serving dot on your table.

The serving dot is a bit of an interesting phenomenon for a restaurant. When you’re seated, each person at the table is issued a serving dot, one side is red, one side is green. Flipping the dot results in a stampede of gaúchos bringing you everything from sausage to leg of lamb to filet mignon wrapped in bacon. It’s all carved directly from a long skewer to your plate, by every passing gaúcho. Of course, there’s also a salad bar, so if you’re not doing Atkins, you can get a huge salad, or maybe some caprese or some soup, or even possibly some seared ahi tuna. Prepare yourself, though, when you flip that dot over, as the gaúchos will come without ceasing until you flip that dot again. Remember, also, that everything is coated in rock-salt before it’s roasted, in the traditional brazilian style. This results in steak and pork that’s phenomenal, but lamb that loses its subtlety.

We had a great time at Texas de Brazil out in Fairfax, and though the bill was a little high for just two, I don’t think I’ll need to eat again for at least three or four days. Oh, and remember to have the crème de papaya. It’s fantastic.

Texas de Brazil (warning, website has sound)
11750 Fair Oaks Shopping Center
Fairfax, VA

5 Comments so far

  1. Don (unregistered) on July 9th, 2007 @ 10:13 am

    I have a friend who picks that as his birthday dinner celebration every year. He calls it “All you can Meat.”

  2. Carl Weaver (unregistered) on July 9th, 2007 @ 7:27 pm

    I think I will ass on this because I don’t eat meat but I am curious how much you laid out for all those bloated corpse parts.

  3. Carl Weaver (unregistered) on July 9th, 2007 @ 7:57 pm

    sorry – I think I will PASS on that, not ass on it.

  4. hans (unregistered) on July 9th, 2007 @ 8:57 pm

    i haven’t been to this place yet, but i’ve been to fogo de chao in sao paulo, and dc. it’s an AMAZING restaurant. the meat is always fantastic. if you really want the good stuff, as the guys that bring around the meat to do it “brazilian style”. it’s a bit more salt added, but the flavour is amazing.

    and please, it’s one of the few places where you can get away from these annoying, PC, vegan freaks that are all about PLEATHER, and other junk.

    truly, these restaurants are an oasis…

  5. Tom Bridge (unregistered) on July 10th, 2007 @ 3:18 pm

    Carl, it was about $100 for two. Pricy.

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