Restaurant: Fogo de Chao
Location: 133 North La Cienega Boulevard, Beverly Hills, CA 90211-2206 (310) 289-7755
Date: April 21, 2011
Cuisine: Brazilian Grilled Meats
Rating: Meat meat meat!
I’m not normally a big fan of chains, but Fogo is one that works for me. It took the formula found is various independant Churrasquero restaurants and made it into a solid reliable festival of meat. And at lunch it offers tremendous value, particularly in comparison to a typical good American steak house. In case you’ve been living under a rock, this is a style of Brazilian BBQ where skewered meats are pulled fresh off the fire and carved at the table.
The fully carnivorous menu of meats. Fogo only offers two dining options. Salad bar, or salad bar + meat. Both are all you can eat.
The salad bar is extensive enough by itself, offering not only some token vegtables but a range of cheeses and cured meats.
Potato salad type salads.
Cured meats and cheeses.
A giant full drum of real parmesan.
I go sparingly in this department because I’m really here for the seared flesh.
The way things work at this kind of Brazilian BBQ is that the servers bring by the skewers of up to 15 different meats and cave them onto your plate. Fogo’s innovation here — and believe me it is a solid innovation — is this magic disk. Each person has one and you can flip it over. Above is the stop side.
And the go side. They key here is that you can control the awesome flow of meat onto your plate. Before the disk invention, you either got barraged or you were forgotten. Now, if you need a fifteen minute breather, no problem. Go red, then back again!
Beef sirloin. Delicious pure beef.
Prime rib eye. Fatty goodness! Actually, a bit too fatty for my taste, but many love it.
Chicken legs and pork sausages. They manage to make even chicken taste great, and the sausages are rich, hearty and delectable.
Here is all that, plus some pork rib, loaded on the plate. The rib on top, chicken and sausages on the left, sirloin on the bottom, the ultra fatty prime rib in the middle.
The pork BBQ ribs. This is one of my favorites.
Filet minion. Lean and tender.
The garlic sirloin. This had an awesomely intense garlic beefyness to it.
Garlic sirloin on the left, filet on the right.
On the plate. Super tasty and tender. Sizzling hot.
Chicken breast (left) and filet (right) wrapped in bacon.
bacon truly does make everything better. They chicken might even have been tastier than the beef.
Picanha, one of the house specialties. A bit of prime sirloin seasoned with sea salt.
The bacon-wrapped filet, pork rib, and picanha (left to right). The last is a really tasty cut.
Fogo also throws a lot of sides on the table (included in the price). Cheesy mashed potatoes.
Fried plantains. There is also cheese bread, but being passover, we didn’t take any and so I don’t have a photo.
The decor is sleek and modern, and they have a lot of hearty wines.
It’s easy to let your eyes exceed your stomach here. This refuse is just one person’s “leavings.” At lunch all this gluttony costs only $32.50, which is pretty impressive. You can easily make an entire day’s meal out of it!
For another take on excessive BBQ meats, see the Japanese Secret Beef joint.