Long before visiting Fogo de Chao in the Dallas suburb of Addison, I was familiar with the aroma coming from the restaurant as it is located on “restaurant row” on Beltline road among many of my old haunts. When opening their first restaurant in 1979, South American food was a fairly new concept across the general United States. Today, there are many Brazilian “churrascaria” steakhouses but Fogo de Chao is tops and what all the others are compared to.
Fogo de Chao – Addison, TX
4300 Belt Line Rd, 75001 Dallas, Texas
Phone: (972) 503.7300
Featuring 16 varieties of meats prepared “gaucho style”, Fogo de Chao is a great dining experience. From sirloin to filet mignon, leg of lamb to pork loin, and chicken, the meats are roasted on skewers and perhaps the most flavorful you will ever experience anywhere. A unique card system is used: green side up notifies the servers to bring on more meats with the red side up meaning it’s time to stop.
Sides include black beans, rice, farofa, garlic mashed potatoes, caramelized bananas, pão de queijo (warm cheese bread) and much, much more.
A salad bar, which at about half the price of the plate could be a meal in itself, consists of 30 items which include fresh vegetables like jumbo asparagus, imported cheeses like aged Manchego, artisan breads, cured meats like smoked salmon, proscuitto and more.
Top it all off with desserts such as Signature Papaya Cream, South American Flan, Crème Brule, Turtle Cheesecake, Molten Chocolate Cake or Key Lime Pie.
Though considerably pricey, Fogo de Chao has a vast selection of wines, a wide variety of specialty drinks made with premium liquours as well as non-alcoholic drinks.
The atmosphere is reminiscent of some Miami, Florida restaurants where there is a great deal of South American influence and seems to always be busy, so expect a crowd for lunch or for dinner and if you’re without a reservation, a long wait (45 minutes to 1 hour or more). If you do have a reservation, be sure to be on time because they will not wait too long for you.
Be sure to bring an appetite because it is all you can eat!