Fogo De Chao
661 N La Salle Dr, Chicago, IL
In addition to Alinea, Malnati’s and Chicago Hot Dogs, the other place I really wanted to go during my trip to the Windy City was Fogo. In Northern New Jersey, we have our pick of perhaps at least two dozen Brazilian churrascarias, but Fogo de Chão has the reputation for being the very best in the entire country, in terms of both the quality and variety of its meats and excellent salad bar.
eGullet Society manager Ron Kaplan (Ronnie Suburban) enjoying the salad bar.
The salad bar at Fogo is indeed one of the best I have ever seen at a churrascaria, but don’t get distracted by the rabbit food. You have plenty of meat to eat ahead of you.
These are fried polenta sticks with cheese, also very good.
The meat parade begins.
The meat lands on the tables so fast and the servers come at such breakneck speed, that you barely have enough time to get the food off your plate. The photos I managed to take were just the items I was quick enough to photograph, there is at least a dozen different types of meat in the rotation.
This is a papaya/guava mousse dessert with creme de cassis on top. Its meant to help aid in digestion of all the meat.