Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Fogo de Chao – Minneapolis, MN

Gerd and I had arranged to have a quintuple date before Roller Derby with some of our friends. I decided to go through with it and keep the date since a lot of our friends had never eaten there and were looking forward to it. I think it was the right decision.

For those of you unfamiliar with Fogo de Chao, here’s the jist of the thing: Fogo is a Brazilian Steakhouse with a twist – they bring out hunks of meat on swords and cut it onto your plate – and it’s unlimited. You have a coaster with one side green and one side red. If you want more meat, you flip it to green and the waiters show up with meat swords. When you’re good on meat, you flip it to red – it’s all about timing. They also have an immense salad bar which is more than iceberg lettuce and dressing – it’s all kinds of vegetables and meats and randomness. On top of this, the wait staff brings out unlimited cheesy mashed potatoes, fried polenta, and fried bananas. It’s heaven, really.

We had reservations at 4:30pm but didn’t start eating until closer to 5. When I looked at my watch, it was close to 7 and we had to get to roller derby. So we ate meat for 2 solid hours without breaks. It was an immense amount of food. All of the meats were especially tender and whether you got chicken, pork, beef, or lamb, you were going to be happy with it. I think everyone had their own favorite (none of which are pronounceable), so there wasn’t a way to pick one over the others.

The place is pricey, but if you consider your dollar to meat intake ratio, I think you’ll be pleased. The drinks are a tad overpriced, but you get that at downtown Minnie restaraunts anyway. The service is top notch, and I think everyone in the group was very impressed and talking about when they’d be back.

Top 5 things about Fogo de Chao
1. Unlimited meat
2. Meat on swords
3. Salad bar and everything on it
4. Super service
5. Fried polenta

Bottom 5 things
1. Gerd would have loved this place
2. A tad pricey
3. The place gets packed, so get reservations
4. I don’t believe in meat overload, but this may be as close as it gets
5. It took much longer to eat 50+oz of meat than I thought it would


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