Last week, I had the opportunity to try out a new restaurant that just opened in Portland, Fogo de Chão! It's a Brazilian steakhouse, and they have other locations throughout the US, and then also in Brazil. I had actually never been to this type of restaurant before trying out Fogo de Chão, so I really had no idea what to expect. They held a preview night last Thursday, and it was great timing as my family was in town and so I got to bring them along for dinner as well, which was a lot of fun!
The restaurant is located right downtown, very close to a lot of offices and hotels, and I think that it's the perfect addition to the city's dining scene. Although Portland has a ton of different restaurants, there are lots of more trendy, experimental type places that, while awesome, aren't necessarily appropriate for business travelers or accommodating larger groups. Fogo de Chão is definitely more upscale and traditional, and so it would be great for a more special occasion.
Fogo de Chão has a nice bar and a very spacious dining room.
The evening started off with their signature Caipirinhas, a refreshing muddled Brazilian cocktail!
After snacking on some shrimp, we went to check out the massive salad bar - check it out!
All the options looked so fresh and delicious, and there were so tons of different choices!
My favorite was this giant wheel of cheese - it was enormous!
After filling our plates with salad, it was time to move on to the main course - the meat!
Fogo de Chão offers a unique Brazilian dining experience through espeto corrido, or “continuous service.” Basically, you're given two disks and if you want to be served meat you put out the green one, and if you want to take a break, you put out the red one. As soon as you put down you green disk, it's literally meat madness...that's the only way I can think to describe it, ha! The gaucho chefs swarm your table with all different kinds of meat and you can pick and choose as much as you like!
Once I had selected an array of the different meats, I put down my red disk so I could start eating. All the meats that I tried were really good, but I really liked the ribs and the bacon-wrapped chicken! You also get an assortment of yummy sides to round out your meal.
You can put down your green disk as much as you want and the meat will just keep coming! It's really a fun dining experience and you end up leaving absolutely stuffed!
No matter how full I am though, I can always find room for dessert!
Even though Fogo de Chão is known for their meat, I was pleasantly surprised by their dessert selection. I ended up ordering the molten chocolate cake and it was so delicious! Overall, we had a fantastic evening dining here and I know we'll be coming back in the future!
*In the spirit of full disclosure, my meal at Fogo de Chão was complimentary; however, all opinions expressed in this post are 100% my own and I would never promote something I didn't love :)